Australian migration to NZ doubles in 10 years
By Vaimoana Tapaleao
4:00 AM Monday Dec 14, 2009

The number of Australians moving to New Zealand has nearly doubled in the past decade, official immigration statistics from Canberra reveal.

The latest figures show 14,352 Australians made the big move in the 2008-2009 financial year.

The previous year, the number stood at 14,160, whereas in 1998-1999, just 7468 migrated to New Zealand.

The figures - in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship publication Emigration 2008-2009 - show that in the past decade, the number of Australians crossing the Ditch to live has increased steadily. New Zealand remains one of the main countries Australians choose to shift to.

Other preferred places include Britain, the United States and Hong Kong.

This year's report shows the number of Australians who left the country for good was the highest ever.

Just over 81,000 emigrated during the financial year - an increase of about 5.3 per cent over the 2007-2008 year.

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