New working holiday visa scheme for New Zealand and the Philippines

by Ray Clancy on January 31, 2014

Young New Zealanders will be able to spend a year working, studying and holidaying in the Philippines under a new working holiday visa scheme.

The scheme is open to people aged 18 to 30 and from 5 February will allow 100 New Zealanders to holiday and work in the Philippines and 100 Filipinos to do the same in New Zealand each year.

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In 2013, New Zealand residents took 2.193 million trips, up 1% from the previous year. The most common destinations were Australia, the US, Fiji and the UK.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said it is an excellent opportunity for young New Zealanders to experience another culture.

‘The Filipino community, at over 37,000 strong, is now the largest of all ASEAN communities in New Zealand. This working holiday scheme will further promote the important links between our two countries,’ said McCully.

Meanwhile, the latest immigration figures from Statistics New Zealand show there was a net gain of 2,800 migrants in December in New Zealand. The monthly net gain has been about this level since September 2013, after increasing from near zero in December 2012.

The increase was due to fewer people departing to live in Australia, as well as more arriving migrants. Non-New Zealand citizens contributed most of the increase in arrivals.

In the year to December 2013 migrant arrivals from all countries numbered 94,000, the highest since October 2003. Migrant departures numbered 71,500, resulting in a net gain of 22,500 migrants. This compares with a net loss of 1,200 migrants in the December 2012 year.

In the latest year, New Zealand had a net loss of 19,600 migrants to Australia, well down from 38,800 a year earlier. Net gains were recorded from most other countries, led by the United Kingdom at 5,800, China at 5,700, and India with 5,400.

The data also shows that annual international passenger numbers exceeded 10 million for the first time ever in the December 2013 year. This total consisted of five million arrivals and five million departures.

‘International passenger numbers first reached a million a year in 1973. Now, the same total can be recorded in just one month, as was the case in December 2013. By 1996, passenger numbers had increased to five million per year, and have doubled in the 17 years since then,’ explained population statistics manager Andrea Blackburn.

New milestones were also recorded for visitor arrivals. The 381,900 visitor arrivals in December 2013 was the highest monthly total ever, surpassing the previous high of 364,200 in December 2011. In the December 2013 year, visitor arrivals passed the 2.7 million mark for the first time, increasing 6% from the previous year.

New Zealand residents departed on 221,200 overseas trips in December 2013, up 2% from December 2012 and a record for a December month. Over the year, New Zealand residents took 2.193 million trips, up 1% from the previous year. The most common destinations were Australia with 1.018 million, the United States with 142,200, Fiji with 112,300, and the United Kingdom with 96,700.

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