Immigration NZ registered a surge in website visits on Sunday, the day after the Australian election.
More than 11,500 people logged onto the Immigration New Zealand website and its information site New Zealand Now on Sunday, compared to fewer than 2500 the previous Sunday.
Google analytics also showed a spike in Australians searching the words ‘moving to New Zealand’, particularly those from Queensland.
The true level of interest in emigrating is difficult to gauge as Australian citizens do not need a visa to travel to New Zealand, although its visa-holders do.
The number who started the visa process, through registrations of interest, jumped from 20 to 715. . .
We don’t, and shouldn’t, discriminate on political views.
If we did, would we want more people who appear to be upset they’ve got a government that priorirised economic management, lower taxes and a more moderate approach to climate change than the opposition which proposed the opposite?