Ah well, all the more space for us.

Population drift to Australia keeps growing
12:30PM Thursday February 28, 2008

New Zealand's loss of population to our trans-tasman neighbour is at its highest level since early this decade, new figures show.

The net outflow of people from New Zealand intending to live permanently, or at least long term, to Australia, was last month at its highest for 6-1/2 years, Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) said.

In the year to January, 28,600 more people left for Australia as permanent or long term departures (PLT) than came the other way.

That compared with 21,600 in the January 2007 year and was the highest annual net outflow to Australia since the August 2001 year, when the figure was 29,100, SNZ said.

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