Record Number of New Zealanders Move to Australia in May: Statistics NZ

A RECORD number of New Zealanders are moving to Australia.

According to Statistics New Zealand, 3300 New Zealanders moved to Australia in May – and that figure is net (meaning it cancels out those who are relocating the other way).

The Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks, as well as a weak economy, is driving the trend. Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city and did have a population of 300,000.


Read more

Migrant Workers Could Help Queensland Mining Projects

MIGRANT workers could help boost the delivery of gas projects in towns like Gladstone, in Queensland, under new plans by the federal Labor government.

Population minister and internal Labor debating instructor Tony Burke told The Courier Mail the government plans to rely on a boost in the number of temporary skilled migrants for booming coal seam gas projects in Queensland. He added the government would intervene local zoning laws in outer Brisbane to reduce traffic congestion, and try to encourage more businesses to quit the CBD, for the suburbs.

Mr Burke described the decision as part of a “sustainable population” policy to be released closer to the Budget.

Read more