21 Dec 2016

New immigration, tourism records in November

2:43 pm on 21 December 2016

Record numbers of people settled and visited the country last month.

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Official figures show a seasonally adjusted gain of about 6220 immigrants for November, the highest for that month.

While it was fractionally lower than the month earlier, the annual tally edged up to a record of nearly 70,400.

The growth was driven by higher numbers of New Zealanders returning from overseas and people on working holidays.

A record 333,500 tourists arrived last month taking the annual number to a new high of more than 3.4 million.

The number of New Zealanders travelling overseas also hit a record of 2.5 million for the November year.

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