15 Dec 2009

Number of Australians moving to NZ doubles

7:13 am on 15 December 2009

The Australian government says the number of Australians moving to New Zealand has nearly doubled in the past decade.

Emigration 2008-2009, issued by the Department of Immigration & Citizenship, shows more than 14,000 Australians moved to New Zealand during the past financial year.

The figure is nearly 200 up on the previous year and a considerable increase on the number who migrated 10 years ago - almost 7500.

The department says the increase is due to an exodus of young and skilled migrants looking for work.

More than 81,000 Australians emigrated in 2008 - 2009.