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According to the latest data, New Zealand economy registered a strong m/m lift in net migration in December, but the magnitude of revisions since November, suggests this could all be noise, points out the research team at ANZ.

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“The change by Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) to the new 12/16 outcomes based methodology has introduced significant volatility (and near-term uncertainty) into these data. Seasonally adjusted monthly net inflows lifted from 3,310 in November (revised up from 2,480) to 5,080 in December. That’s above both the 3-month and 12-month average as of November (of 3,820 and 4,000 respectively), and on face value suggests the migration cycle could be turning a corner.”

“While a downward trend remains in place, annual net inflows actually lifted slightly from November to 48,300, but remains well below its peak of 64,000 in July 2016. Under the previous intentions-based methodology, the migration cycle was thought to have peaked at 72,400 in July 2017.”

“Turning to the details, seasonally adjusted arrivals rose by 1,300 from November and departures fell 450, pushing up net migration by 1,750 to 5,080.”