Originally Posted by FrancisJames
It's not just the Kiwis that are leaving New Zealand. We left and we're from the UK.
And no, we didn't use Kiwi citizenship as a stepping stone to Australia, we got work permits in the usual way.
When we were leaving the packers told it was families like us leaving for Australia that were keeping them in work.
What the PLT arrivals figures don't reveal is the number of the people arriving who are overseas students rather than immigrants. If you bear in mind that overseas education is big business in New Zealand quite a few of those arrivals must be students.
Not only are more Kiwis leaving than is thought but they probably aren't being replaced by skilled immigrants or people that are likely to stay in NZ for very long. That must be very bad news for the housing market?
...and apart from the financial aspect (Australian salaries are more) I still don't understand why. We love it here - the lifestyle, scenery and everything.
I guess it depends on why you move here in the first place.