Monday, April 21, 2008

"These are our tradesmen and our university graduates - the future of this country is fleeing in droves."
Lockwood Smith, the opposition's immigration spokesperson.

The net permanent and long-term outflow (of New Zealanders) of 29,900 to Australia in the March 2008 year was the highest since the July 2001 year. It compared with 23,300 in the March 2007 year.

Kiwis talk about life in New Zealand versus a life in Australia.


Mark J said...

A free trade agreement with China coupled with a governments unbending view of economic policy directly resulted in up to 450 people losing their jobs at F&P Mosgiel Plant. Sad times, not just for those families, but for Otago in general who have lost a big industry. Worst still was the fact the workers heard the news via the media when management didnt have the guts to tell them first. Not a good look for a kiwi firm...

Di Mackey said...

I'm quite disturbed by the free trade agreement with China for reasons of health and safety.

There have been some really disturbing headlines about poor quality products of late.

I read of the F&P plant and was horrified. I guess that will be a whole new batch of people heading for Australia. I don't think I've ever heard of a kiwi failing over there and their quality of life seems to improve hugely - look at my brothers.