26 Feb 2015

People moving to NZ hits all-time high

4:13 pm on 26 February 2015

The number of people moving to New Zealand or staying long-term has continued to hit all-time highs.

Backpacker in Wellington.

A backpacker in Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Official figures show a net gain of 53,800 people in the year to January, the sixth month in a row that the annual record has been broken.

Statistics New Zealand said the number of arrivals hit a new high of more than 111,500 due to more foreigners arriving, as well as New Zealanders returning from Australia.

Fewer people are also leaving the country.