National’s economic programme over the past six years has focused on creating opportunities for Kiwis and their families to get ahead here in New Zealand. Our plan is working.
New Zealand’s economy is among the fastest growing of developed countries, new jobs are being created, and unemployment is falling – all helped by National’s stable, responsible management.
Latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show people are voting with their feet – fewer are leaving for Australia and more are returning home.
This is seeing net outward migration to Australia close to zero for the second consecutive month in July – just 80 more people departed than arrived. This left net outward migration for the year at 7300 – the lowest annual figure since 1995.
A year ago, around 30,000 more people left for Australia than arrived, and in 2008 the number was 35,000.
This confirms Kiwis see brighter employment prospects in New Zealand relative to Australia. It’s good news, as it will help us fill some of our skills gaps and grow our economy further.