Migration continues to hit new highs with a record net population gain from migration of 69,954 in the year to September, according to Statistics NZ.
That is up from the net gain of 61,234 in the year to September 2015, 45,414 in the year to September 2014, 15,174 in the year to September 2013 and a net loss of population of -3280 in the year to September 2012.
However there are significant changes in the composition of migrants, with more people coming from China, Australia and the UK, and fewer from India.
China has now firmly regained its top spot as the biggest source of new migrants with a net gain of 10,172 from that country in the year to September, compared with 8502 in the year to September 2015 and 7004 in the year to September 2014.
That was followed by India with a net gain of 9903 in the September year, down from 12,992 in the year to September 2015, but still up from 9070 in the year to September 2014.
There has also been a big lift in the numbers coming from Australia with a net gain of 1965 from across the Tasman in the year to September, compared with a net loss of 220 people to Australia in the previous 12 months.
There has also been a jump in migration from the UK, with a net gain of 5007 in the year to September, up from 3691 in the previous 12 months.
The latest figures will put more public scrutiny on the Government's immigration policies because of the pressure high population growth puts on housing and a host of services ranging from health and education to transport and policing.
Those pressures will be felt most acutely in Auckland, with Statistics NZ figures showing a net gain of 32,768 migrants in the Auckland region in the year to September, plus there was another 15,000 that did not state where they would settle, which meant Auckland's population gain from migration was probably around 40,000 in the year to September.
In the 12 months to September this country made a net loss of 2108 New Zealand citizens, with more New Zealanders relocating overseas that came back to live, while there was a net gain 72,062 citizens of other countries.
Of the 125,642 people who arrived in this country on a permanent or long term basis in the year to September, the biggest group (40,184) arrived on work visas, followed by 37,044 Australian and New Zealand citizens (who do not require visas), 25,597 on student visas and 16,049 on residency visas.
In a First Impressions newsletter on the figures Westpac senior economist Anne Boniface described September's migration inflows as huge.
"There was a net inflow of 6340 in the month - the largest monthly net inflow on record and a much stronger outturn than we had anticipated," she said.