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Internal Migration

The Internal Migration report provides a statistical overview of internal migration in New Zealand. It is based on information from the Census of Population and Dwellings and the Survey of Dynamics and Motivations for Migration in New Zealand.

This analytical report has been designed for the web and is the first report of its kind by Statistics New Zealand. The report is split into a number of topics that stand independently. Related topics will continue to be added to this page. Statistics New Zealand welcomes comments from readers on the content and format of this report.

There is a companion Media Release published with this report.

Report contents

Trends in migration between regions 
Reasons for moving within and between regions 
Are New Zealanders moving longer distances? 
Are New Zealanders living closer to the coast? 
Is the population moving north or south? 
Urban and rural migration 
Mobility of urban rural profile areas 
Reasons for moving: within and between urban and rural areas
Migration and age
Do partners have similar reasons for moving?
The benefits of moving: men and women
Moving to NZ: reasons and patterns of settlement
Home ownership
Māori mobility in New Zealand
Asian mobility in New Zealand
Pacific mobility in New Zealand
Internal migration update (2013 Census) 

Appendixes

List of tables
Glossary

Related links

Census 
Survey of Dynamics and Motivations for Migration in New Zealand

Page updated 17 October 2016

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