American visits to NZ immigration website up 3200 percent

The New Zealand Now homepage (NewZealandNow.govt.nz)
The New Zealand Now homepage (NewZealandNow.govt.nz)

Thousands of American's are considering flying across the Pacific to settle in New Zealand after Donald Trump was chosen to be the next US president.

Visits to the New Zealand Now website have jumped 3266 percent in the 48 hours after the election.

The website - which has information about living, working, studying and investing in NZ - would normally see around US 3000 visitors over a 48 hour period.

As of 10am on Friday morning, the website has 101,000 hits from the United States in the 48 hours after the election.

Visits to the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) website also jumped 1820 percent over the same period.

On any given day there would usually are 4,600 visits to the website over 48 hour period however that number has exploded to 88,353 visits from the United States.

INZ marketing manager Greg Forsythe says hose are trends which extrapolate monthly as well.

"In the last month the INZ website has received 207,340 visits from the United States compared to 105,245 in the same period last year."

Similarly the New Zealand Now website received 126,380 visits from the United States in the last month compared to 40,520 in the same period in 2015.

The monthly number of US nationals registering as interested in studying, working or investing in New Zealand have also tripled in the last 48 hours.

The status quo is around 3,000 registrations however the website has received 10,185 registrations since Trump became president-elect.

"To put these figures into context 1,288 Americans were approved residence in the year to June, 8,876 Americans were approved work visas and 2,997 Americans were approved student visas," Mr Forsythe says.

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