New Zealand has always been a nation of immigrants.The good news is that most of us understand that.

We haven't fallen victim to the populist political rhetoric we hear in the US, UK and Australia.

That's despite the fact that, per capita, we have been through a larger immigration boom than any of these countries.


And we are still in the boom.

Net migration rates eased a bit through 2018, but the latest data shows numbers on the rise again.

Annual net migration to February was 61,600, just shy of the 64,000 peak it hit under John Key in