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    China displaces UK in family migration to NZ
    By Lincoln Tan
    4:00 AM Monday Jan 18, 2010

    In the first of a three-part series, immigration reporter Lincoln Tan investigates migration trends and their impact.

    China has for the first time outstripped New Zealand's traditional source of family immigration - the United Kingdom - to produce the highest number of new residents through the Family Sponsored Stream and the Partnership policy.

    Figures issued today in the Department of Labour's Migration Trends and Outlook also show that last year, for the second time in five years, China was New Zealand's top source of new immigrants aged 20 and over.

    There were 6361 new Chinese residents aged 20 and over, topping the UK's 6302.

    China also produced the highest number of new residents through the Parent Sibling Adult Child Stream and the Parent policy.

    "The growth in Chinese immigrant numbers overall reflects the fact that increasing numbers of Chinese nationals are choosing to study here, gain recognised qualifications and then compete for and obtain skilled employment in New Zealand," said Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman.

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    'Centre of gravity rule' enables Chinese to help their parents
    By Lincoln Tan
    4:00 AM Monday Jan 18, 2010

    Immigrant Ally Wang, 35, from Guangzhou, is anxiously waiting after sponsoring her 66-year-old father Zhi Wang and 60-year-old mother Ying Xu for residency.

    The North Shore mother of an 11-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl says New Zealand's relaxed lifestyle and educational opportunities for her children made her move here.

    "I really love my life in New Zealand, but it does not feel complete without my mum and dad," she said.

    She is hoping to take advantage of New Zealand's immigration policy which makes it easier for those from China to sponsor parents and family members to come to New Zealand.

    Parents can be sponsored to become permanent residents if they have half or more of their children living in New Zealand.

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    Migrant's decision strictly business
    By Lincoln Tan
    4:00 AM Wednesday Jan 20, 2010

    A business migrant says his decision to apply for New Zealand permanent residency was purely a "business decision".

    The 53-year-old businessman from China, who now lives and runs a trading business in Wuhan, said he was deciding between applying for either New Zealand or Australia residency in 2002, but chose New Zealand because it offered indefinite residency and a "better return of investment".

    "I was put off by Australia's requirement for migrants to live there, and people who live for too long outside the country will lose the permanent residency status," said the investor migrant, who spoke on the condition he was not named.

    He gained residency in 2002 after submitting a business plan, and proving he had $1 million to invest here - which he used to buy a commercial property and sold it for a profit in 2008.

    Since gaining New Zealand residency in 2003, the businessman has put his then teenage daughter, who gained residency from his application, through high school as a domestic student at Takapuna Grammar on Auckland's North Shore.

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