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Food Industries Lift Retail Spending

December 3, 2014 |

Retail spending increased in the September 2014 quarter, led by rises in the food-related industries, Statistics New Zealand said last month.

After adjusting for seasonal effects, the volume of total retail trade sales rose 1.5 percent in the September 2014 … Read More

Employment Outpaces Strongest Population Growth

November 13, 2014 |

Rising employment is more than keeping up with our growing population, while unemployment has fallen to 5.4 percent, Statistics New Zealand said this month.

“Due to strong migration, we have had the largest annual rise in the population in 10 … Read More

Population in Auckland and Canterbury regions grows fastest

November 5, 2014 |

Of New Zealand’s 16 regions, only Auckland and Canterbury’s population growth rate was above the national average, Statistics New Zealand said last month. In the June 2014 year, Auckland’s population grew by 34,000 (2.3 percent), while Canterbury’s grew by 11,400 … Read More

Record Net Inflow of Migrants Continues

October 29, 2014 |

New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain (more arrivals than departures) of 4,700 migrants in September 2014. This equals the highest-ever net gains recorded in August 2014 and February 2003.

The increase in monthly net gains over the last … Read More

Reforming skilled migration to improve Australia’s competitiveness

October 25, 2014 |

Joint media release from the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister; the Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade; and the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Australian Immigration and Border Protection

The Government will reform the 457 visa … Read More

Faster, stronger, higher – New Zealand’s Internet trends

October 23, 2014 |

In 2014, New Zealanders used 53 percent more Internet data than they did last year, Statistics New Zealand said today. At a massive 53,000 terabytes, our data use is soaring to new heights.

“The amount of data used was equivalent … Read More

Australian Government Delivers 2013-14 Migration Programme

September 19, 2014 |

The Australian Government’s target of attracting 190 000 new migrants in the latest financial year has been achieved, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison said today.

Australian industry benefited with the majority of the permanent migration visas … Read More

Are You Seriously Thinking About Making A Permanent Move Somewhere Hot?

September 17, 2014 |

If so, the BBC would love to speak to you.

BBC2 is making a new series about families/couples considering a move to places such as the Caribbean; Costa Rica; Panama to name a few…

With more and … Read More

More New Zealanders on Super than Self-Employed

September 12, 2014 |

More people are now receiving New Zealand superannuation or the veterans pension than are earning income from self-employment or business, according to census results released by Statistics New Zealand this week.

“Almost 17 percent of adults say they’ve received New … Read More

Two Countries, One Visa for the 2015 Cricket World Cup

September 10, 2014 |

People visiting Australia and New Zealand for the 2015 Cricket World Cup will only need to apply for one visa under a new Trans–Tasman visa arrangement, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said last … Read More