Last year, Chief Economist with the BNZ visited Dublin and gave a very entertaining talk about the state of affairs in NZ. He has recently produced a paper summarising the experiences of expats trying to find employment in New Zealand.
Tony continues: ".....After writing the paper, I began investigating the issue more deeply and considered my research of two and a half years ago showing that while there are quite a few factors holding our economy back one is that our innovation neural network as it were of connections between players in the economy is rendered less than optimal by some of our cultural characteristics and sheer distance from the rest of the planet.
So, with the second biggest diaspora in the OECD and the greatest population turnover it seems obvious that a key way to improve the connections vital for taking idea from paper, to workshop then out of our back yards to internationally competitive, hopefully NZ-based operations, we need to utilise that offshore resource whether it comes home or more probably stays offshore.
Therefore I have created this new publication called ‘Brain Gain NZ”. It has many parts and is attached here in full but also the urls for each section are posted below. My intention is that like the other publications in my suite of five this one will morph over time, particularly with regard to the section “More Than Cows and Scenery” where we need to get across to all Kiwis the knowledge that a lot more is happening in NZ than just putting as many cows on the land as we can and putting more tourist coaches on the road – because if that is where our future lies then our prospects are very poor.
And so once more into our economic breach.
The full pdf document is attached and loaded here.