Returning Kiwis

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Thousands of Kiwis have returned to the country faster than they expected as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, often after spending years overseas.

Stats NZ population manager Kim Dunstan believes such returnees made up a decent chunk – if not the majority – of the total of 21,124 people who arrived in New Zealand between April and June.

About three-quarters of those arrivals were travelling on New Zealand passports, but Dunstan notes some of them will have been residents returning as planned from regular holidays, family visits and business trips.


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The non-citizens who arrived here during the travel ban will be New Zealand residents travelling on foreign passports, and people who were given travel exemptions – either because they were family of New Zealand citizens and residents or had been allowed in as “critical workers”.