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Editorial: Kiwis can fly very young these days

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One of the most conspicuous signs of rising living standards is the number of young families these days who can afford to travel overseas. This is particularly noticeable during the winter school holidays.

This week Air New Zealand reported its busiest school holidays on record, the number of outbound travellers up 25 per cent on five years ago.

Most bookings for this week and next are to Australia, followed by the United States and Fiji. All are no doubt looking for sun and warmth, but there is a curious difference in regional preferences. Fiji is the destination for most of those starting their journey in Auckland, most of those coming from Dunedin and Christchurch were heading for Queensland and most West Coasters and Southlanders have........

© New Zealand Herald