WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Australia’s warmer climate and higher wages have long lured droves of New Zealanders across the Tasman Sea with the aim of making a better life in the “lucky country.”
But with Australia’s economy stumbling and New Zealand’s improving, the trend has begun to reverse.
New Zealand figures released Thursday showed that in April, for the first time in 24 years, 100 more people moved east from Australia to New Zealand than moved in the opposite direction
The trend has been emerging for some time. Two years ago, a net 34,000 New Zealanders moved to Australia. That fell to 11,000 last year and to 1,900 in the most recent data this year.
An agreement between Australia and New Zealand allows citizens of both nations to live and work in either country.