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Population Plummets

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Population growth has fallen to its lowest rate in more than a decade.

At a growth rate of 0.6 per cent, it’s the lowest it has been since March 2001, when the growth rate was at an increase of 0.5 per cent.

Statistics New Zealand has put the low growth rate down to a combination of more people leaving the country, fewer births and more deaths.

53,000 New Zealanders made a permanent move to Australia, the most popular destination for those moving, in the year to February.

Thousands more recently attended an ‘Oz Jobs Expo’ in Auckland.

Labour leader David Shearer said that the expo exemplified that many New Zealanders saw better opportunities for their future in Australia.

“This again highlights the Government’s utter failure to grow the economy and create jobs,” Shearer said.

However, Prime Minister John Key is staying positive about the future and believes his Government’s budget will increase economic growth.

“The Budget documents will show that we’re likely to experience what I’d describe as reasonably robust levels of growth in 2013-2014,” Key said.

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