Thinking about a move to Australia? Think again, warns Prime Minister Helen Clark.
Because across the ditch you'll run into higher taxes, higher property prices, higher unemployment, plus compulsory medicare and superannuation, she said in Palmerston North yesterday.
Miss Clark, who was in the city for a round of visits and a trade union forum, said: "It's not necessarily the land of milk and honey. The evidence doesn't always suggest the grass is greener."
Miss Clark said more people were coming to settle in New Zealand than were leaving to live elsewhere - positive net migration.
But she said this country was in a similar position to the likes of Ireland, which also had a large expat community.
And now the Immigration Service is mounting a campaign to persuade Kiwis living overseas to come home.
"I'm amazed at how many people come back."
There were also "huge" numbers of other nationalities coming to live in New Zealand because of our lifestyles.
Miss Clark said while wages might be better across the Tasman - and there were more opportunities for niche or specialised slots in the workforce - New Zealand's rate of economic growth had been higher than Australia's for years.
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