USA traffic to New Zealand immigration sites soars after Trump win

The New Zealand Now homepage

The Immigration New Zealand website received 207,340 visits from the U.S.in the past month, compared with 105,245 in the same period last year, while the New Zealand Now website, which contains information about living, working, studying and investing in the bucolic island nation, received 126,380 USA visits, compared to 40,520 a year earlier, Forsythe said.

INZ said they typically receive 3000 registrations of interest each month from U.S. citizens thinking about moving to New Zealand for work, study or investment.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, asked before the election about the consequences of a Trump win, joked about moving to New Zealand.

"In the 24 hours up to 9am local time on Wednesday, NZ Now received 70,500 visits from the USA compared to a usual daily average of 1,500 visits", said INZ marketing manager Greg Forsythe in a statement to the BBC.

Another government website, New Zealand Now, which offers information on working, studying and investing in the island country, saw 70,500 visits from U.S. internet users over the same period. In the past 24 hours more than 7,000 have signed up.

"Some of my co-workers are already looking at contacts they have in Canada, my friends in New Zealand have said that they would take me in. In the past 24 hours, 7287 registrations have been received from American citizens".

Meanwhile a New Zealand-based global accounting software company by the name of Xero reported that interest in the company's job vacancies from USA residents had increased considerably. As Trump surged ahead in Tuesday night's election, Canada's immigration website crashed, posting a "500 - Internal server error" message. Even a flight from Honolulu lasts more than eight hours.

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

- Jethro Mullen and Euan McKirdy contributed reporting.

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