New Zealanders Flock Home to the Edge

More than 50,000 New Zealanders who have returned home during the pandemic, offering the country a rare opportunity to win back some of its best and brightest, Charlotte Graham-McClay writes in a feature published by The New York Times.

The unexpected influx of international experience and connections has led to local news reports heralding a societal and industrial renaissance. Policymakers are exhorting businesses to capitalise on the “fundamental competitive advantage” offered by the country’s success against the coronavirus.

The question is how long the edge will last. While New Zealand may look from the outside like a liberal Eden, those returning to the country face some of the same pressures that provoked their departure, like sky-high housing costs, lagging wages and constricted job prospects, Graham-McClay writes.

“From an economic perspective, nothing has really changed,” said Shamubeel Eaqub, an economist with Sense Partners in Auckland. “All the underlying issues of poverty, smallness, affordable housing, high cost of living and congestion in big cities are still there.”

Original article by Charlotte Graham-McLay, The New York Times, June 11, 2021.

Photo by Cornell Tukiri.

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  • Errol Timbers - 12:05 pm on June 25th, 2021
    I miss my country of birth. I would just love to be walking up Queen street checking out the places where my band The Dorados gigged at in the 60’s Town Hall, Picasso, Bel Air etc Also when I joined Terry Dean & the Nitebeats playing lead guitar. We did quiet a few gigs at selected clubs etc in the 70’s. It’d be great just to sit on a seat down at the ferry ⛴ buildings and watch the going ons. I really miss my home town where I grew up.
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