British expatriates are the most successful immigrants to New Zealand, a study has shown.
Along with Australians, Brits have secured more professional jobs and are bringing in higher incomes, the New Zealand department of labour says.
The department’s Migrants and Labour Market Outcomes report showed that by 2006 a quarter of the country’s population was born abroad.
It explained the high rate of immigration was due to "buoyant economic conditions between 2001 and 2006 and a change in policy matching skills with employment".
Immigrants from Britain and Ireland have been so successful that more than half of those aged 25 to 54 reached the highest pay bracket.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises that even though the UK has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with New Zealand, private accident insurance is recommended.
People travelling or trekking in New Zealand for longer periods should also consider international health insurance as it provides additional cover.