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More than 10,000 Americans have registered their interest in moving to New Zealand on a Government website since Donald Trump won the US presidency on Wednesday, more than three times a typical month's registrations.
November 16, 2016 Over the same period, visits to New Zealand Now which provides information on living and working here, have jumped to 101,000 from the usual daily 1500.
Professor Paul Spoonley of Massey University says we've never seen that from anywhere before, "so this is very unchartered territory".
"In 2004 when we had the re-election of [George W] Bush we had a jump from Americans coming to New Zealand from two-and-a-half thousand to three-and-a-half thousand. I think we're going to see something like that again," he said.
There's also another sign that the thought of a Trump presidency is so unbearable for some Americans they're eyeing up a move to New Zealand in numbers not seen before.
Since election day, Immigration New Zealand's website has had 88,353 hits from the United states.
Immigration experts admit strong migration will continue to put pressure on Auckland's already-stretched housing and transport.
But they say Americans will likely be invited in over less skilled migrants.
"We do need them. I mean they've got skills, they've got knowledge they've got capital which are really very beneficial to New Zealand.
That's welcome news for those Americans who can't wait to escape, like one that immigration adviser David Cooper has heard from.
"We walked in the office the day after the result and we had an email from the person saying, 'I'm ready to make the decision. I want to get out of the USA'," Mr Cooper said.
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