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Visitor Arrivals Up 3 Percent

There were 115,200 short-term overseas visitor arrivals in New Zealand in June 2002, up 2,900 (or 3 percent) on June 2001, according to Statistics New Zealand. More visitors came from China (up 1,500 or 51 percent), Korea (up 1,400 or 27 percent), and the United Kingdom (up 1,100 or 14 percent), but fewer came from Australia (down 2,100 or 5 percent), and Japan (down 1,000 or 13 percent).

In the year ended June 2002, there were 1.956 million visitor arrivals, up 71,000 (or 4 percent) on the previous June year. Korea (up 23,300), China (up 22,200), the United Kingdom (up 18,700), and Australia (up 12,900) were the main contributors to the increase, while arrivals from Japan (down 10,900), and Germany (down 4,900) were lower.

Seasonally adjusted visitor arrivals fell 1 percent between May and June 2002. This follows a 15 percent increase from April to May 2002.

New Zealand residents departed on 135,900 short-term overseas trips in June 2002, unchanged from June 2001. There were fewer departures to Australia (down 4,800), and the United States (down 800), but more departures to Fiji (up 1,300), the United Kingdom (up 900), the Cook Islands, and China (both up 800).

In the year ended June 2002, New Zealand resident short-term departures numbered 1.267 million, down 33,000 (or 3 percent) on the year ended June 2001.

Permanent and long-term (PLT) arrivals exceeded departures by 1,900 in the month of June 2002, compared with a net inflow of 300 in June 2001. This change was the result of 1,500 more arrivals, and 100 fewer departures.

In the year ended June 2002, there were 92,700 PLT arrivals, up 23,200 on the last June year. In contrast, there were 18,900 fewer PLT departures. The overall result was a net inflow of 32,800 PLT migrants in 2002, compared with a net outflow of 9,300 migrants in the previous year. The net inflow for the June 2002 year offset the combined net outflows for the previous three years by 2,400. There were significant net inflows from China (13,800), India (5,800), the United Kingdom (4,900), South Africa (3,200), Fiji (2,400), and Japan (2,300) in the June 2002 year. Conversely, there was a net outflow to Australia of 13,700, less than half the net outflow of 31,000 in the June 2001 year.

PLT arrivals of New Zealand citizens were up by 3,600 (to 25,000), and non-New Zealand citizens were up by 19,500 (to 67,700) in the June 2002 year, compared with the June 2001 year. There were also PLT departures of 44,900 New Zealand citizens (down 18,400), and 15,000 non-New Zealand citizens (down 500). The result was a net PLT outflow of 19,900 New Zealand citizens, and a net PLT inflow of 52,700 non-New Zealand citizens in the June 2002 year.

Brian Pink Government Statistician END

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