Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Exodus from NZ reaches new high

Dr Hon Lockwood Smith MP
National Party Immigration Spokesman

19 December 2007

Exodus from NZ reaches new high

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says the exodus of people leaving New Zealand continues to grow.

"Last month, the 75,000 permanent and long term departures were the highest for a decade. One month on, and the record's been broken again. In the 12 months to the end of November, 76,000 people left New Zealand."

Dr Smith says that among the stats are some alarming figures. For example, the exodus of Kiwis to Australia is up almost 70% since 2003.

"What's worrying is that it's not just new migrants turning around and leaving. The number of New Zealand citizens leaving for Australia is also the highest for a decade. The net outflow to Australia is, in fact, the highest in 19 years."

Dr Smith said that 76% of those leaving for Australia were in their prime working years, from 15 to 59 years of age.

The data shows that roughly equal numbers of professionals, service and sales people, and trade workers, left for Australia. In comparison, those coming to New Zealand include far fewer trade workers than professionals.

"It's little wonder New Zealand is facing serious shortages of skilled tradesmen and women," says Dr Smith.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whitall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election