The official data has revealed that a record high number of tourists visited New Zealand this year with 126,100 tourists. This was as per the statistics for the month of October.
This implies that the nation is increasingly becoming more popular with the immigrants across the globe and the tourist numbers for October exceed the record set in the month of September.
The increase in arrival of migrants was the reason behind the increase in the annual net growth of the immigrants, said Jo-Anne Skinner, the statistics Manger for Statistics New Zealand population. On the other hand, there was a decrease in the number of immigrants who left the country which resulted in the increase in net migration, she added.
It was quoted by the Expat forum that the number of immigrants who moved to New Zealand in the month of October was 126,100 with the number of departing migrants being 55,800. This left a record number of 70,300 remaining in the nation.
The numbers of visitors also were a record number with 260,200 in the month of October 2016. This was an increase of 14% when compared to the statistics of the October 2015. The visitor numbers also were high with 3.42 million that was again an increase of 125 when compared with October 2015.
On the other hand Michael Woodhouse, the Immigration Minister and Anne Tolley, the Social Development Minister declared that the number of immigrants who are permitted to work in New Zealand under the Recognized Seasonal Employer program will be increased. They will be permitted in the viticulture and horticulture sectors. The existing approval for 9,500 workers will be increased to 10,500 workers for the year 2016-17.
The viticulture and horticulture industry is the fourth largest export industry of New Zealand that produced $ 5 billion in exports, said Woodhouse. An extra 2,500 workers will be required by this industry in the forthcoming season, he added.
The hike of 1,000 workers for this industry shows that the Government of New Zealand is dedicated to the growth of viticulture and horticulture industry. This will ensure that the returns from exports get maximized while also making sure that the natives in New Zealand are not deprived of jobs, added Woodhouse.
Sufficient measures have been taken to ensure that natives of New Zealand are given employment in this sector, said Tolley. New Zealand Seasonal Work Scheme had given benefit to 500 citizens of New Zealand and the majority of them had not returned on a benefit, explained the Social Development Minister.
The Ministry of Social Development had given employment to more than 4,000 people in New Zealand for the agriculture sector that included viticulture and horticulture, she explained. The statistics from the HortNZ reveal that the sector gives employment to 60,000 workers ever year.