Why are so many Aussies moving to New Zealand?

The BBC reported this week that for the first time in 24 years, more Australians are moving to New Zealand
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The BBC reported this week that for the first time in 24 years, more Australians are moving to New Zealand than vice versa. Funnily enough, this milestone was not reported widely in Australian media.

What hurts even more is that two thirds of these ditch-jumpers were New Zealanders returning home – in other words, they came, they saw, they went back.

According to Statistics NZ,  25,273 people migrated to New Zealand from Australia in 2015, while a total of 24,504 people moved from New Zealand to Australia, making a net flow of 769 people to New Zealand. This marks the highest net flow of Australians heading to New Zealand since 1991.

The shift has been largely credited to economic and political stability in New Zealand, along with the end of the mining boom here in Australia.

We can’t say we weren’t warned. Back in August then Treasurer Joe Hockey told ABC Radio that New Zealand’s lower income tax rate was “unquestionably” part of the reason increasing numbers of Australian residents were moving to New Zealand.

“New Zealand has a top personal tax rate of 33 cents in the dollar. We have a top personal tax rate of 45 cents in the dollar, plus two per cent for the Medicare levy, plus two per cent for the temporary budget repair levy – so 49 cents in the dollar.

“Sooner or later people start to move to New Zealand and that’s what’s happening. In fact, in the last 12 months, for the first time in years, there were more people moving to New Zealand than there were New Zealanders moving to Australia,” he said.

Australians citizens moving to New Zealand are treated much like native citizens, with access to benefits such as the pension. There are plenty of other reasons one might consider making the move, would you?

Do you think Australia has lost its appeal, or that New Zealand has more to offer? Why are we losing people to the land of he long white cloud? Would you consider it?

  1. Robert Hind

    Perhaps they are just so keen to move to 15% GST on everything 🙂

    • Robert Hind

      Susan Lemish – yet 🙂 And the article is talking about people moving from Aus to NZ.

    • Maya Richardson

      Perhaps it’s because we are clean and green nuclear free with a better economy than Australia and of coarse better at rugby oh and I nearly forgot we just won the cricket too. Lol

      • Moira  

        …and we have just won the 7s 🙂 Yes, we are moving back at the end of this year since we have just retired, saved some money and can live happily and more cheaply in NZ 🙂

  2. Robert Hind

    Perhaps they are just so keen to move to 15% GST on everything 🙂

    • Robert Hind

      Susan Lemish – yet 🙂 And the article is talking about people moving from Aus to NZ.

    • Maya Richardson

      Perhaps it’s because we are clean and green nuclear free with a better economy than Australia and of coarse better at rugby oh and I nearly forgot we just won the cricket too. Lol

    • Anne Wolski  

      That wouldn’t be difficult.

    • Maya Richardson

      Well no the stats say there is more New Zealanders heading home and I don’t blame them. A working New Zealander in Australia is not eligible for a Medicare card or any other help from government even though they are paying taxes. Aussie in New Zealand gets all the benefits of a new Zealander hardly seems fair.

    • Kevin Bennewith

      Agree totally. New Zealanders in Australia have no easy pathway to citizenship and are not entitled to many things even when they are paying the same taxes as Australians. It is unfair.

      • Pamela  

        We know a couple of Kiwis with fake disabilities who have been on DSP almost since arriving a decade or more ago.

    • Maya Richardson

      Well no the stats say there is more New Zealanders heading home and I don’t blame them. A working New Zealander in Australia is not eligible for a Medicare card or any other help from government even though they are paying taxes. Aussie in New Zealand gets all the benefits of a new Zealander hardly seems fair.

    • Kevin Bennewith

      Agree totally. New Zealanders in Australia have no easy pathway to citizenship and are not entitled to many things even when they are paying the same taxes as Australians. It is unfair.

    • Glenys Bradley

      I and 2 of my kids are AUSTRALIAN citizens and very proud to be, but my older daughter isn’t allowed to become one even though she and her kids don’t want to leave here. She and 2 of her kids have permanent work and the other one is still at school. They consider themselves AUSTRALIAN, although they know it’s not to be. Last time she checked as soon as she typed in New Zealand it said no, so she did it again and put in an Indonesian country and it said yes she could apply. Australia and New Zealand soldiers are ANZACS and when it suits we are referred to as Australasia. She has been here 10 years.

    • Rod Warren

      They get everything here.if you dont understand the welfare system or where you can something for nothing just ask a kiwi

      • Anne Wolski  

        You are an idiot…New Zealanders are not entitled to the same in Australia as Australians are in NZ

    • Maya Richardson

      Rod Warren I am a kiwi and in case you aren’t aware in ,2001 the law in Australia changed and New Zealanders who arrived after that get nothing.

      • Moira  

        My husband came here when nurses were needed, 2003 we got Aussie citizenship because he was a nurse.

    • Maya Richardson

      Ken Bryce that’s the typical lame brain response I thought I would get. We fought together died together but when it comes to fairness there is none. You can see where the convicts were dropped off.

    • Wayne Ferne

      Kevin Bennewith they know that before moving here, so dont complain once you get here.

    • Tricia Sexton

      Rod Warren before making such rash statements get your facts straight. A New Zealander gets NO benefits here in Australia whatsoever. They DO however pay the same rate of tax as the Australians. So they are in FACT PAYING for your DOLE BLUDGERS.

      • Moira  

        You can get Medicare cards here if you can prove you have left NZ and have no ties there. My adult kids have them.

    • Monica Cumming

      Rod Warren you are so so wrong nz people can not get the dole. Children get the family tax portion but thats all.
      This all happened many years ago.

  3. Vivienne Marjenberg

    Sorry but being an ex kiwi, I wouldn’t go back I just find that it’s boring, the only thing I like are the great restaurants and I absolutely hate the earthquakes

  4. Vivienne Marjenberg

    Sorry but being an ex kiwi, I wouldn’t go back I just find that it’s boring, the only thing I like are the great restaurants and I absolutely hate the earthquakes

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