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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Selling NZ

Saw this on Stuff
The Department of Labour has launched this week a new website as part of an initiative to attract expat New Zealanders back home.

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.
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.

Posted by Chefen | 11/03/2005 04:34:00 AM


Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Yes Chefen. I posted on this very thing yesterday. Another $850k wasted.

11/03/2005 07:00:00 AM  
Blogger andy said...

Yes, I was underwhelmed as well. If the country is "buzzing and fizzing" how come the mostly educated people are leaving in droves? Or is this more Labour bluster aimed at those still there?

11/03/2005 07:25:00 AM  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

I suppose one can have a day debunking the muths perpetuated by this site. Take this:

"The country still has a largely state-funded healthcare system that is widely regarded as one of the best in the OECD countries."

How come the WOH ranks us as number 49 on quality?

11/03/2005 07:57:00 AM  
Blogger Chefen said...

So you did Adolf, oops. It's amazing they're trying to tell Kiwis what NZ is like. We know what it is like, glossing over the big factors in a migration decision isn't going to help. And they're on a hiding to nothing really, most of the people they're targetting seem to be those who've been away a while and got married, have a family. So now you have to convince the partner to up sticks and leave as well... "what? Half the pay, shite housing we won't afford on the new pay, decimated retirement savings... oh but Fat Freddies Drop is playing? alright then!" yeah good luck with that.

11/03/2005 08:53:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Aaaah Chefen. I lacked you unique eloquence and perspecacity. (That's for the lefties who like big words. Did you see that idiot at Farrar's talking about 'negative externalities'?)

11/03/2005 09:06:00 AM  
Blogger Chefen said...

Negative externalities... it's raining?

No, didn't see that one but all the action at DPF's happens when I'm asleep and I'm buggared if I can be bothered trawling through 50 drive-by comments from people who don't have comments on their own blogs.

11/03/2005 09:28:00 AM  

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