Exodus to Australia at all-time high
Thu, 22 Dec 2011 6:54a.m.
New Zealanders are heading to live in Australia in record numbers in the past year, at the rate of nearly 1000 a week, the latest figures show.
The number of New Zealanders heading to live in Australia has hit another all-time record, with nearly 1000 people a week crossing the ditch in the past year.
The latest figures show 50,115 people made the one-way trip on a permanent or long-term basis in the year to November - breaking the 50,000 barrier for the first time.
Just 14,357 came the other way, most of them New Zealand citizens, pushing the net loss up to 35,758 - also a record.
Australia's higher wages and better job opportunities are a strong lure.
"I went there recently and in some of the mines they said 90 percent of the workers are Kiwis," Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt told the New Zealand Herald.
"It turned out that a lot of them are becoming fifo workers, and it's a trend I would like to encourage."
"Fifo" workers are those who "fly in, fly out", commuting between New Zealand and Australia for work.
An engineer on $60,000 at the Invercargill City Council was earning $260,000 in Western Australia, Mr Shadbolt said.
His family had stayed in Invercargill and he flew home every three or four weeks, a situation that was hard on families.
"But if you're coming home after three weeks of earning $3000 in the hand, so you're coming home with $9000 in your back pocket, that helps overcome the emotional suffering," Mr Shadbolt said.
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12/01/2012 2:26:26 a.m.
I wonder if Mike has even been over here to Western Australia,cause all i read in his comment is crap,the Govt here has spent billions on infrastructure,creating jobs and housing in all areas of W.A,and more recently putting in more train tracks between cities.I'm making more in 2 days here then i made in a week back home,your National govt will NEVER gain parity,just now i'm reading about more public assets being sold off,that's all those w#*kers now what to do. If you're not qualified to comment on the goings on over here,i suggest you shut it.
30/12/2011 7:04:08 a.m.
Ty Williams wrote:
Mike you are so full of it. The truth is, the gov that you have has failed on so many fronts and like other gov's around the world panders to the wants of business. SCF as an example and do's nothing to create real jobs. I left for Ozzie 3 months ago am back for Xmas and frankly I can't wait to get back there, this place is depressing.
25/12/2011 9:38:48 a.m.
More people are Leaving NZ - new record.To anyone but the braindead they could consider that NZ has a bigger and growing population so new records are to be expected. We are still looking at around 0.7% which while sizable is still not large. If compare to prior recessions then its not big at all, plus the cost of migrating to Australia is cheap with airfares a few hundred dollars when in the past they were much more expensive. No mention of the larger NZ population, nor the cheap airfares. The high mining industry wages are an incentive, as in Aus the general population there is like the general population here - lazy. This means that western Aus is spending up large to attract employees, and mining has money in it to afford that. Instead of doing something about it those on benefits are not moving to Aus to work, or trying for work here, no they ask for a bigger handout! Or those here are saying we need to match those high western-aus wages!A few years back was published that the top midwives were earning over $500,000 PA and they weren't even qualified doctors! Obviously the GP's needed to earn more due to that one-off high income! If the recession was as bad as is claimed, the low cost to move to Aus would see many more making the move. One will notice, its the private industry not minimum wages that is driving the wages up in western Aus, not govt regulation and govt sector. The private sector is always the one to get countries out of trouble. Private sector needs capital to bail out countries and Labour wanted to kill capital investment - smart move!NZ still not fixed its govt spending too much problem, just they have elected not to spend even more with Labour/Greens.
22/12/2011 3:52:29 p.m.
I wonder how many of the people exiting are from the Christchurch area? Are there any statistics to show people numbers or percentages from each City in NZ?
22/12/2011 1:24:26 p.m.
The grass is always greener. Until compulsary Medicaid, house prices and rent prices are higher and comparatively you have to be able to be in it for the long term (Years) and be able to become a citizen to stay. Employment ends six month stand own for the dole.
22/12/2011 9:50:10 a.m.
"Researchers say the transtasman exodus is higher among low-skilled and semi-skilled workers, including tradespeople, than among professional people" from the Herald. Perhaps some of the problem can be found here, since when have tradespeople been low and semi skilled? And the likes of the Employers and Manufactorers Association wonder why there is a shortage of tradespeople and are screaming for more training.What is done to retain tradesspeople in New Zealand. Long hours are demanded and poor pay rates are the norm rather than the exception. Qualifying for me involved block courses, night school, correspondance and qualifying exams and four years of rubbish apprenticeship wages, for what? To be considered as low to semi skilled and paid peanuts? I no longer work in the trade I qualified in. Many of the people I worked for it seemed were intent on making the job not worth doing.
22/12/2011 9:35:59 a.m.
Don't worry National and Acts new policy's will stem the flow and bring back these who left.
22/12/2011 8:08:43 a.m.
Unfortunately lot of them will be back, sadder, poorer and wiser. No easy fixes. There are some good stories but outweighed by bad news. It is called a recession, the Aussies are hurting as well, deal with it.
22/12/2011 7:26:12 a.m.
Thats ok. John is going to drop the minimum wage to fix that.Oh wait...
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