21 Sep 2009

Migrant numbers fall

3:33 pm on 21 September 2009

A drop in the number of people leaving New Zealand is continuing to boost the population.

Statistics New Zealand says there was a seasonally adjusted net gain of 1620 in August, which is the lowest since January this year.

On an annual basis, there is a net migration gain of 15,642 - the highest since 2004.

The number of people moving to Australia fell once again, with a net 25,000 heading across the Tasman, compared to a record of more than 35,000 in January.

Separately, the number of tourists visiting New Zealand fell 0.9% to 161,100 in August, compared to the same month a year earlier.

Fewer visitors arrived from Asia but there were more from Australia.