Increasing immigration

On Radio NZ about an hour ago they mentioned planning for a population increase of a million in Auckland alone over the next few decades.

Stuff reports Net migration to NZ hits a new record of 65,000

If say 50,000 of them went to Auckland, at that rate they would add a million in twenty years.

But much if the inflow comprises returning New Zealanders and there must only be so many of them who will return.

Migration continues to smash records, with the net gain in the last year equivalent to a city the size of Nelson.

According to Statistics New Zealand, the net gain from migration in the year to January 31 hit 65,900 in the 12 months to January 31, with a gain of 6100 in January alone.

The annual gain in the year to January 31 was the 18th straight month in which migration was running at record levels, while migration from Australia is the strongest in almost 25 years.

“Migrant arrivals reached a new high of 123,000 and departures fell to 57,100,” Statistics New Zealand said.

“The net gain from Australia numbered 1,300 for the January 2016 year, surpassing the 1,000 mark for the first time since the October 1991 year. This was the fourth month in a row to show an annual net gain of migrants from Australia.”

This is a big turnaround…

Just a few years ago, New Zealand was recording a net loss of around 40,000 people a year to Australia, however a cooling of the Australian economy has seen thousands of Kiwis coming home, and an increase in Australians moving here.

Kiwi flows could easily turn around again, especially if the job market recovers in Australia.


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  1. Timoti

     /  25th February 2016

    “Kiwi flows could easily turn around again, especially if the job market recovers in Australia.”

    Lets hope so. New Zealand cannot culturally assimilate continuous rampant immigration. We are too small.

    • kittycatkin

       /  25th February 2016

      We’re very sparsely populated in comparison with many places….but we like it like that !

      • Timoti

         /  25th February 2016

        I was talking of cultural assimilation, Kitty. Not geographical assimilation.

    • Oliver

       /  25th February 2016

      We get rid of golf courses for starters. That’s a million houses in Auckland alone. Then we to limit how much land and how big a building one can have. I think 250 square meters max.

  2. Klik Bate

     /  25th February 2016

    Sweden already has a BIG problem!

    Albeit on a smaller scale, but could it happen here?

  3. Oliver

     /  25th February 2016

    Haere mai people plenty of room in Aotearoa. We just need to get on with this intensification. Build up and up. We need work to stimulate growth and profit, GDP etc..

  4. kittycatkin

     /  25th February 2016

    We have far too few people here.

    We have far too many people here.

    Let’s see which of those statements mrMadman ties himself in knots over as he tries to refute it.

    • mrMan

       /  25th February 2016

      I hear you call my name, but then I see all your down votes, the people don’t love you.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  25th February 2016

    NZ has no problem with immigration of good honest hardworking and well-educated people. The only issue is filtering out the others.

  6. Overall immigration statistics are one component of the issue. Our low population density has a down-side, which is the viability of local economies, especially outside of main centres. Personally I believe NZ’s population could double (over a reasonable period of time to allow for infrastructure development) and you’d barely notice, especially if there was a regional favouritism policy (How dare I say that!).

    I believe our government decides and reviews the preferred occupations and the investor immigrant provisions?

    Anyhow, ‘Source Country’ stats tell a significant story IMO. They speak volumes. In the very early 2000s China & India predominated, while ‘White Flight’ from South Africa finished its run. Then for a significant period British (or U.K) immigrants took over the top spot. The Phillipines entered with significant numbers in 2005. Since 2010, Germany has occupied 5th position? See –

    I think a lot of this is about demand for various professions, trades and labour skill levels?

    The numbers of immigrants in the NZ population further down the webpage speaks volumes too.

    A nett loss of -3,800 in 2012, the first since 2001s – 6,800 is hardly cause for concern? A statistical ‘margin of error’ almost.


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