Migrant numbers up for New Zealand: New Zealand Visa Bureau

Although only marginally up on last month's figure (net gain of 890), the figures are further evidence that net annual migration gains have started to increase again after falling from a peak of 42,500 in the year to May 2003.

Statistics New Zealand report that permanent and long-term (PLT) arrivals exceeded departures by 200 in June 2006, compared with an excess of 300 departures in June 2005. The seasonally adjusted series recorded a net PLT inflow of 1,200 in June 2006, compared with a net inflow of 900 a month earlier.

In the June 2006 year, there was a net PLT migration gain of 10,700, up 24 percent on the net inflow of 8,600 people in the previous June year.

Visitor arrivals fell by 11% on June 2005 but were up 4% on June 2004. June 2005's high figures are attributed to the large number of supporters that followed the British Lions tour to New Zealand in that year.

More visitors came from the United States and Korea in June 2006, and fewer from the United Kingdom and Ireland, Japan, and Australia compared with the previous June.

Overall, to the year ended June 2006, there were 2.378 million visitor arrivals, down 26,200 (1 percent) from the June 2005 year.