New Zealanders are being discouraged from going to Australia - both by the New Zealand media desperate to hang on to its population of Kiwis and new immigrants, and by Australian media, eager to promote a story of wayward Kiwis. The reality is that - life is tough anywhere if you have no skills; if you have no money, or no mommy to look after you. Of course you need money to support yourself to get a job; of course you need skills. The fact that Queensland's sunshine is popular for Kiwis ought to be reason not to go there, because its also popular for Australian teens as well. Why? Well, if you like the lifestyle, its a great place to be homeless because you can sleep under a bridge without worrying about the cold. Unskilled and looking for a job? Try outback Western Australia. They need heaps of line clearers to survey grids for drilling, and other such jobs. But at the end of the day, you need life experience in order to have a life. Most people get an education from home-base...so the starting point is logically a job or skills development in NZ.
In conclusion, Australia is still the land of milk and honey; but if you are a Kiwi rest assured you will still win the World Cup, and you will feel like a blessed champion for a week, and then you will be poor for another decade, before you discover oil, then you will be rich like an Aussie! :)
There is a message here for immigrants to New Zealand as well. Do they need your skills? Are people in your industry leaving your industry to go to Australia? Has this left a local shortfall, or should you be following them as well?