One of those things you tend to notice about New Zealand is that a fair number of folks are immigrants.
The easiest way to get the visa and be able to stay?
You offer up 500,000 NZD (roughly 343,000 USD) to create or buy into a business. Then you show how you went and created three jobs. No one is really picky about the pay-level of the three jobs....they could be strictly clerks, or delivery folks, or bar-staff.
Unemployment in New Zealand? Back in the spring....it was roughly 4.9-percent.
This episode gets you a permanent visa, residency, and a stable lifestyle.
Using capitalism to fill a void? Well....yeah. Most folks who immigrate into New Zealand....pick Auckland, or to a lesser degree....Wellington.
Why does New Zealand appeal to folks? After wandering around for almost three weeks, I'd tend to suggest that the slower lifestyle, lesser stress, stable economy, and safe landscape (meaning less crime)....is a magnet for people who've accumulated money and want a change of scenery. Toss in the international airport, and open spaces, as 'cherries' on the cake.
The negative? Well....Beyond Auckland, and five or six of the major cities of the isle....it's a bit remote. Getting from point A to B? Yeah, it takes a bit of driving. Add on the fact that things aren't that cheap, and it might be fairly low stress...to the point, that you actually miss stress. The turbo-charge of the economy? Tourism.....so you can't complain about the number of tourists wandering around.
Likely to decrease? No. I think it's pretty safe to say that they will continue to see 30,000 to 40,000 every single year, for the foreseeable future.