21 May 2009

Fewer people leaving NZ

10:42 pm on 21 May 2009

New Zealand experienced its highest monthly migration gain in more than five years in April as fewer people left the country.

Statistics New Zealand says there was a seasonally adjusted gain of just under 2200 people for the month, up from 1700 in March.

On an annual basis, there has been a net gain of just under 9200 - almost double that of a year earlier.

Meanwhile, the timing of Easter this year saw short-term visitor arrivals in April rise 9% to 196,000 compared with last year, when Easter fell in March.

However, when arrivals in March and April are combined, the number of travellers fell 2% when compared with the same period last year.