9 Dec 2009

Rise in international students tipped to be short-lived

3:34 pm on 9 December 2009

English language schools are welcoming an increase in the number of international students arriving in New Zealand, but think it will be short-lived.

The Government says the number of fee-paying students is up by 4000 on last year to just over 76,000.

It says the figures show it has managed to reverse a steady decline in the industry since 2003.

But Darren Conway from language school operator English New Zealand says the increase is due to a temporary influx of Indian students.

He says New Zealand will continue to lose out to Australia unless it changes its immigration policy.