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Official figures show a seasonally adjusted 6300 settled here in September, surpassing the previous peak of 6200 reached in November 2015.

A record 70,000 more migrants arrived than departed in the year to September.

Statistics New Zealand population statistics manager Jo-Anne Skinner said the annual net gain reflected record high migrant arrivals and fewer migrant departures.

“Most of the arrivals are people coming in with work visas, which also includes working holidaymakers,” she said.

Arrivals set a new September-year high of 125,600, with those on work visas accounting for about a third of that.

The pressure on housing, schools, health and law and order are well known. ?That $1.8b that Bill has sloshing around in his pocket really has places to go already. ?

Under pressure about the effect of immigration on surging house prices and low wage growth, the government recently tightened visa rules.

ANZ senior economist Sharon Zollner doubted the changes will have much effect.

“The changes were pretty small in terms of the scope of the actual scale of migration. We would expect the impact to be pretty limited. And given the lags between people applying and people arriving it’s far to soon to see an impact yet.”

But more stringent student visa requirements in the wake of extensive abuse of English language requirements and fraudulent applications have made a dent in numbers, falling 5 percent for the year.

Those from India tumbled by 30 percent.

Nevertheless, Ms Zollner said suggestions immigration had plateaued and was on the way down had probably been a bit premature.

“It’s pretty strong across the board. It certainly does underline that net migration is going to stay strong for a while yet.”

The word has got out. ?Everyone wants to come live here. ?The world outside of New Zealand is turning to shit. ?Whereas we were a quaint little backwater to visit and marvel about how backward we are, people now realise that being “backward” means not having the same problems as the rest of the world.

Please close the door.

We’re full.

At least for a bit.