//
you're reading...
Australian Current Affairs

New Zealanders find Australian dream is not so good


Sydney ViewNew Zealanders are beginning to realise the Australian dream is not so perfect and the grass may in fact be starting to become greener in New Zealand.

The number of Kiwis leaving for Australia is now at its lowest in nearly three years – thanks in part to improving economic prospects in New Zealand, including the rebuilding of Christchurch, but also a growing realisation that work is harder to find in Australia. And there isn’t any welfare available for those who struggle.

Statistics New Zealand figures show returning New Zealanders from across the Tasman contributed to a net migration gain of close to 1600 migrants in April.

Although there were 2000 more New Zealanders leaving for Australia than returning, it was the lowest monthly migration figure since September 2010, well down from the high of 3600 in September 2011. In the year ended April 30, 45,700 New Zealanders left for Australia.

University of Canterbury researcher Rosemary Baird said economic factors were not the only reason why people migrated.

“Often Kiwis leave New Zealand because they are escaping personal unhappiness, failure and dissatisfaction,” she said. “Moving to Australia is seen as an opportunity to chase dreams of adventure, new relationships and a better life.”

However, she said many were starting to hear through the media and personal contacts that the Australian dream “isn’t so certain”.

“There are increasing stories in the media about Kiwis who move to Australia, fail to find work, and then find themselves adrift without citizenship or social security entitlements,” Dr Baird said. “In addition, the quickening pace of the Christchurch rebuild is creating new job and business opportunities.”

Dr Baird said internal migration to Canterbury was now seen by some New Zealanders as a viable, and even superior, alternative to Australia.

New Zealanders living in Australia face limits on access to social security, which were introduced to cut the cost to the Australian taxpayer.

“While migration to Australia is still possible … economic success is currently less assured,” Dr Baird said. “No doubt some potential Kiwi migrants to Australia will now consider and look to join the Christchurch rebuild instead.”

An OECD study which looked at the quality of life in 36 countries ranked Australia generally better in most categories including housing, income, community, education and civic engagement. New Zealand scored better than Australia in work-life balance, safety and life satisfaction, and equalled Australia in environment and health.

Over 2011-12, New Zealand suffered its first net migration loss in over a decade of 3200 – but there are hopes the rebuilding will reverse the trend.

“The rebuild will increase the demand for specific skills, particularly in the construction industry,” said Roger Wigglesworth, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment acting general manager in the “Migration Trends and Outlook” report.

“This is likely to increase the demand for migrants with the skills that are not readily found in New Zealand.”

Immigration New Zealand said the number of essential skills workers approved in Canterbury had continued to rise.

BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander said the turning of the Australian and New Zealand economies was due to a “cycle long in place”.

“Returning Kiwis who have spent the time they wanted to in Australia, recessionary conditions in Aussie retailing and manufacturing, and rising costs versus New Zealand growth accelerating with house prices rising are making Kiwis think they had best move now or risk being priced out,” Mr Alexander said.

He said forecasts were for good growth in New Zealand and the unemployment rate of 6.2 per cent to fall swiftly, while the Australian rate of 5.5 per cent “may well rise”.

Mr Alexander said Christchurch would be a “key driver of economic growth” for New Zealand, with Treasury estimating the rebuild will cost $40 billion.

“Once Christchurch really gets cracking, once Auckland house building also gets off the floor and when overall growth is approaching 4 per cent in the economy, the unemployment rate risks falling quite sharply, maybe back eventually to the 3.5 per cent of 2007,” he said.

“Employers will need to start sourcing employees from less traditional sources.”

Mr Alexander said employers would have to go through a “tough, three-stage process”, including proving that the skilled people they want cannot be found locally, and might find it easier to employ older Kiwis.

“For some employers it will be easier to make workplace adjustments to accommodate the probably very Kiwi-rooted older people well used to our culture of understatement and keeping your head down, than to make changes which allow effective utilisation of repats and migrants.”

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) said the rebuilding had created more than 20,000 jobs.

As of January, Fletchers had engaged 18,433 contractors, tradespeople and others for earthquake-related work and about 1850 staff were employed by the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team.

“As far as the number of workers required over the course of the rebuild, the range is thought to peak somewhere around 30,000 to 35,000,” said Jarrod Booker, Cera’s senior media adviser.

At May 25, Immigration NZ had approved 1143 work visas for the Christchurch reconstruction, including 206 carpenters, 134 painters, 72 insurance loss adjusters and 48 civil engineers.

Massey University sociologist Paul Spoonley said the rebuilding had the potential to pull skilled migrants away from Auckland, especially those from “traditional source countries” like Britain and Ireland.

But migrants from other main source countries, such as China and India, would continue to flock to Auckland.

“Christchurch will slow outwards migration to Australia, but Auckland’s growth will still have a far greater impact to the overall migration trend.”

Auckland Mayor Len Brown believes Auckland will remain the migrant destination of choice.

“It’s clear Auckland is becoming a more attractive place to live and work, both for kiwis and new migrants.”

Author: Lincoln Tan of the New Zealand Herald
 
Source: Otaga Daily Times – Kiwis turning back from Aussie dream
 

About Craig Hill

Teacher and Writer. Writing has been cited in New York Times, BBC, Fox News, Aljazeera, Philippines Star, South China Morning Post, National Interest, news.com.au, Wikipedia and others.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

If you liked what you just read, click "Subscribe" to become a follower of the Craig Hill site. You will receive an email each time a new post is published.

Join 14,942 other followers

An archive of all my old posts

Follow me on Twitter

  • RT @WenhamDavid: I would like to announce that I too have a plan for Australia’s future. It will meet & beat any other plan! As you can see… 8 minutes ago
  • RT @docbaty: A few follow up points on yesterday’s climate announcement: * we’re not on track to meet our current 2030 target; * the revise… 17 minutes ago
  • RT @danilic: From friend in UK "the first 10 minutes of the BBCs 9pm news tonight was dedicated to Australia’s appalling commitment to clim… 1 hour ago
  • While the Chinese government's stated aim is to lift their people out of poverty, the Australian government seeks t… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 9 hours ago
  • RT @marquelawyers: As it turns out, The Australian Way is to dodgy up a pile of bullshit the night before your assignment is due and try to… 15 hours ago

Most Recent Posts Post on My Blog About China: China News

Cadence Column: Asia, October 25, 2021

Cadence Column: Asia, October 25, 2021

Taiwan was thrust into a position without being asked. In 1971, the United Nations removed the Taipei-seated government known today as “Taiwan” and switched to recognizing the Beijing-based government known as “China”. The Taiwanese were elbowed out of the global forum. Now, the US is working to bring Taiwan back in, but not the same […]

China’s trade practices come under fire

China’s trade practices come under fire

China’s trade policies have come under strong criticism during a review at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The US accused China of “skewing the playing field” by using “unfair trade practices” such as preferential treatment for state businesses. Meanwhile Australia said the country’s behaviour was “inconsistent” with its WTO commitments. China said it was committed […]

China’s economy weakens, then gets even worse and now there’s a global shipping crisis. What’s next?

China’s economy weakens, then gets even worse and now there’s a global shipping crisis. What’s next?

The world is waking up to the fact that maybe being dependent upon China for its goods is not such a good idea. In 2019 at about the same time the US was closing on the trade deals with China, COVID emerged in China. In 2019 China’s economy was also beginning to slow down. COVID […]

U.S. needs nuclear spacecraft to compete with China, NASA official tells Congress

U.S. needs nuclear spacecraft to compete with China, NASA official tells Congress

A NASA official told Congress on Wednesday that the United States needs more nuclear spacecrafts in order to compete with China. “Strategic competitors including China are aggressively investing in a wide range of space technologies, including nuclear power and propulsion,” Bhavya Lal, NASA’s senior advisor for budget and finance, told the House Science, Space, and […]

China shows off drones recycled from Soviet-era fighter jets

China shows off drones recycled from Soviet-era fighter jets

China has for the first time showed off retired 1950s era fighter jets that have been converted to unmanned drones, with satellite photos of two of its east coast bases near Taiwan showing a large number of the jets on site. The People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command published the photos of two Shenyang J-6s […]

China’s propaganda machine is intensifying its ‘people’s war’ to catch American spies

China’s propaganda machine is intensifying its ‘people’s war’ to catch American spies

“Let’s fight a ‘people’s war’ against the spies, so that they cannot move a single step and have no place to hide!” That was the rallying cry of a Chinese military newspaper on social media over the weekend, as Beijing urges public vigilance against American espionage following the launch of a CIA mission center dedicated […]

China’s blackouts break power cutoff pledge

China’s blackouts break power cutoff pledge

As China struggles to control the latest surge of power shortages, the government seems to be hoping that the public will have short memories for how it has dealt with similar problems in the past. After months of downplaying the power crisis and recommending partial fixes, central government authorities belatedly acknowledged the spread of electricity […]

Cadence Column: Asia, October 18, 2021

Cadence Column: Asia, October 18, 2021

According to Chinese and US claims, China has a high-orbit, hypersonic missile that can hit a target within 24 miles. And, that’s why China is the new boss of the world and everyone else should hate America. The end. But, that’s not the end in the mind of Taiwan or the US Pentagon. This week, […]

China ‘making its nuclear submarines harder to detect’

China ‘making its nuclear submarines harder to detect’

China is upgrading its nuclear missile-equipped submarines to make them harder for rival powers such as the US to detect, reports suggest. The People’s Liberation Army Navy has redesigned its type 094 submarines to make them quieter, The South China Morning Post reports. Defence experts believe the Chinese 094 submarine can carry and launch the […]

Could China’s economy collapse?

Could China’s economy collapse?

For almost half a century, Chinese officials have overseen one of the greatest economic transformations in human history. The country has gone from collectivized farms and famine to world-leading tech companies and gleaming megacities connected by superfast trains. More than 800 million Chinese have been pulled out of poverty as the Communist Party and its leader […]

%d bloggers like this: