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The Department of Labour has launched this week a new website as part of an initiative to attract expat New Zealanders back home.and was quite underwhelmed, as was Cathy Odgers it seems. Maybe because it was pitched mainly at expats in London, or maybe because it seemed to be mostly about the advantages of the NZ lifestyle. Funny thing that, most expats are well aware of the NZ lifestyle, pros and cons. You won't get us coming back in droves by blithering on about NZ music for instance. The move overseas is prompted by deeper thinking than that, oh sure you might tip the scales for a few itinerants, but those who go for professional reasons, well they've pretty much weighed all that. Nope, the real problem is basically money. Why would I come back to NZ right now, given that when I left for Sweden (of all places) I doubled my salary with a very similar job and could save a house deposit within a year. When I'd be looking at years in finding a nice house in NZ in good commuting distance to a large city and that doesn't freeze you to death every winter, if I could even afford it. On top of all that I can still save money. So, despite paying more for petrol and beer that is more than compensated, and there is all the cuisine and culture here anyway. A lucky few will find themselves better off in low-wage NZ, but good luck convincing the rest to give up the advantages before retiring. The thing that gets people back against all the overseas advantages is family, and you can't advertise that I'm sorry.
New Zealand Now (http://newzealandnow.info) was designed to provide expat Kiwis with information and resources to clearly demonstrate why returning home is such a good proposition.