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Arrivals Up 15 Per Cent

External Migration: June 2001

There were 112,280 overseas visitor arrivals in New Zealand in June 2001, an increase of 14,760 or 15 per cent on June 2000, according to Statistics New Zealand. Australia (up 8,520) and Asia (up 3,570) together accounted for 82 per cent of this increase. This is the first time that arrivals in June have exceeded 100,000.

For the year ended June 2001, there were 1.884 million visitors, up 191,000 or 11 per cent on the previous year. More than two-thirds of this increase came from five of our seven largest source countries: Australia (up 62,060 or 11 per cent), the United Kingdom (up 27,300 or 15 per cent), Korea (up 15,970 or 27 per cent), Japan (up 14,610 or 10 per cent) and China (up 14,190 or 49 per cent). With 42,900 visitors in 2001, China moved ahead of Taiwan, Singapore, Canada and Hong Kong to become our seventh largest source of visitors.

Between May and June 2001, seasonally adjusted visitor arrivals increased by 3 per cent. This compares with a 2 per cent increase between April and May 2001.

Short-term departures by New Zealand residents in June 2001 totalled 135,770, up 9,710 or 8 per cent on June 2000. Departures to Fiji (up 5,940) accounted for almost two-thirds of the overall increase. For the year ended June 2001, short-term departures totalled 1.300 million, up 69,000 or 6 per cent on the previous June year.

In the month of June 2001, actual permanent and long-term (PLT) arrivals exceeded departures by 340 (net inflow), compared with a net outflow of 1,500 in June 2000. There was a net inflow of 800 in the seasonally adjusted series. For the year ended June 2001, there was a net outflow of 9,270 PLT migrants, 5 per cent less than the net emigration of 9,760 in the June 2000 year. There was a net outflow to Australia (30,960), but net inflows from China (7,250), India (2,900), South Africa (2,360), Fiji (1,950), Japan (1,740) and Samoa (1,000).

Brian Pink Government Statistician

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