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News: Nelson number one with British expats

Thu, 31 May 07

The sunny NZ town of Nelson is top of the pops when it comes to attracting British migrants, who love the weather, scenery and laid-back lifestyle there...

The picturesque area of Nelson, on NZ’s South Island, has the highest proportion of British expats in the country, according to new census figures from Statistics New Zealand.

Over 3,770 people in the region were British- or Irish-born – a substantial increase of 528 people since 2001. Plus only Auckland and Wellington have a higher proportion of overseas residents: 18.6 per cent of cosmopolitan Nelson's population are not native Kiwis, compared to 15.6 per cent in 2001.

The official figures also show that NZ’s total resident population has increased to an estimated 4,177,000 as of 31 March 2007 – a population increase of 43,100 people (one per cent) compared to last year.

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