25 June 2008

New Zealand visa holders moving out of Auckland

Immigration may be causing the population of New Zealand to rise, but more people in the country are choosing to migrate south, away from Auckland. Many people, including New Zealand visa holders, are choosing to leave the city for other parts of the country.

Regions of the country seeing a large influx of people and New Zealand immigration include the Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Otago and Canterbury, according to One News. Robert Didham, Senior Demographer at Statistics New Zealand, said Wellington and Canterbury have profited most from the migration, with Wellington losing only 27 people compared with Auckland’s 18,000, and Canterbury gaining 8,000 newcomers.

Mr Didham said younger New Zealand visa holders will opt to move out of Auckland for employment opportunities or property investment. Dr McDermott, an economist, added: "Young families are realising that there are job opportunities in the provinces, whether by remote working or because the smaller centres are increasingly buoyant." The total population of New Zealand stands at four million people.

New Zealand needs skilled migrants: Anyone applying for a New Zealand visa should begin by taking the New Zealand Visa Bureau's online New Zealand visa assessment to see if they meet the basic legislative requirements.

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