John Key wants to plug brain drain to help NZ out of recession | NATIONAL News

Show me the money and provide me with an environment to make it in is the response from Kiwi expatriates to John Key’s plea to come home and help dig New Zealand out of the recession.

The Prime Minister wants to plug the brain drain, especially to Australia, but it won’t be easy.

It’s estimated that up to 800,000 Kiwis live overseas.

“The pool of talent outside of New Zealand is huge. The stats say that 24% of skilled educated New Zealanders live and work overseas,” says Ivan Moss, Kea Global Network.

And Key wants them home.

“The biggest issue holding the economy back for quite some time has been a skills shortage,” says Key.

Nigel Swinn runs a successful design company in Sydney. He’s a Kiwi through and through, but says it’ll take more than a note from the Prime Minister to entice him home.

“The real issue is not what Kiwi expats can do for NZ, do for their country, but what the country is doing or in fact not doing for them to encourage them to come back to enable them to do what they are doing overseas, in Sydney etc,” says Swinn.

Key says expats could help their homeland out of the recession.

“We have got the capacity to take New Zealand out of this recession and onto a growth path that provides real opportunities,” says Key.

Carrie Follas likes being a lawyer but just loves living in Sydney.

“It’s not just about working in New Zealand, there’s a whole lot of things in the mix of it and he’s got to remember that,” says Follas.

“Sydney give’s us the best of New Zealand and the best of the rest of the world.”

She says New Zealand’s economic framework needs a major overhaul before she packs her bags.

“You need to have much more invigorated environment, probably a more flowing investment regime that allows people to want to come back and want to be stimulated by the work that is going on there,” says Follas.

And then there is the argument just to leave the kiwis who have flown the coup be.

“They’re our ambassadors in the world, they’re New Zealand’s reputation on the streets of the cities of the world,” says Moss.


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Police offer $20,000 as reward to find missing woman’s body | NATIONAL News

Police have offered a reward of up to $20,000 to find the body of Christchurch woman Tisha Lowry – or the person who disposed of it.

Lowry, 29, was last seen when she waved goodbye to her grandfather on September 25 at the Bower Tavern in suburban New Brighton.

Police think she made it home, but have no idea what happened to her afterwards.

The reward is for information that helps find her or her body, or leads to the conviction of those responsible for her disappearance or death.

Immunity from prosecution is being offered for accomplices.

Detective Senior Sergeant Virginia Le Bas said it was now eight months since Lowry was last seen.

Someone must have the information needed to lead police and her family to her, she said.

“People do not usually disappear by themselves; someone has the key.”

The reward notice said Lowry was known to have gone to her home in Hampshire Street, Aranui.

Le Bas called on people with information to come forward so that the family can have some peace.

Lowry’s mother, Tanya Lowry has said she suspects her daughter was the victim of foul play.

“I don’t believe in my heart at all that she’s laughing or talking anywhere in New Zealand,” she has said.

She thought she had been taken from her grandfather’s house, where she was staying, by someone she knew.

She acknowledged that her daughter had been fighting with her boyfriend before she disappeared.

She had two brothers and a sister and her disappearance was hard on the whole family, Lowry said.

Police have spoken to more than 3000 people in their hunt.

The reward offer is open to the end of the year.


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Expatriate Relocation, Culture Shock and How to Deal With or Avoid It part 1 Introduction

‘Culture shock’ is a term used with different meanings. However, when used in relation to expat relocation,  it usually refers to a process of coming to understand and adapt to cultural differences manifested in daily life through interaction and/or situations. It is a process that affects people of all walks of life to a more or lesser extent. Language teachers, managers, sportsmen, spouses and children; each will end up dealing with it in the course of international relocation. It is important to learn to recognize it and how it affects you so as to avoid or minimize the potential negative side-effects of the relocation.

Relocation abroad is a huge step. The changes and contrasts in the simple things such as the language, food, TV, weather, shopping and socializing are but a small part of the overall relocation process and associated culture shock. The more deeper differences in customs, mentality, culture and world view as well as interpersonal interaction that have a more profound effect.

Experts have claim that there are stages of culture shock:

  • Stimulation: the first stage of relocation is commonly filled with hope and excitement. A new world is opening up. The ‘culture shock’ is less prevalent and replaced by a positive perspective and enthusiasm. You are in the discovery stage. Interaction with the host culture is primarily passive. In general and speaking from experience it all feels like a holiday or outing still.
  • Culture Shock: people start to interact with the host culture actively; through work and in day to day circumstances. The differences in behavior combined with the stress of adapting to a new daily routine shows signs of dislike and criticism of the host culture. Symptoms of culture shock start to appear: homesickness, boredom, weariness, irritability and even hostility towards the host culture. This is sometimes described together with the previous stage as the settling-in period which can last longer or shorter, depending on the person involved. 
  • Adjustment: after settling-in, an understanding and empathy with the host culture starts to develop. People feel more comfortable with their routines and surroundings. A working knowledge of the language or slang starts sliding into daily life.
  • Enthusiasm: the host country becomes ‘home’. The effects of culture shock lessen as a genuine enjoyment and appreciation of the new location develops. Elements of the host culture’s behaviors and mentality are adopted/integrated and rather than to criticize, certain areas of the host culture are preferred to the native culture.

Prior to relocation, it is important for individuals, couples and families to learn as much about the new host country as possible. I speak from experience when I say that this is one of the most important aspects I overlooked myself when moving from the Netherlands to New Zealand. If this is not done through a relocation briefing, then personal research is a requirement. Try to find out as much as possible about people, culture, social norms, work ethics, religions, language, food, entertainment and accommodation.  Preparation goes a long way!

Too often expats are selected in a hasty response to the need to fill a new or unexpected position abroad. While the selection process should fall into the domain of a well-informed intercultural trainer or human resource professional, more often than not it is senior management deciding who to send, and tending to choose the most technically competent candidates.  However, the qualities that
make candidates a success at the home front will not necessarily make them an international success. Relatively high failure rates exists at all corporate levels. Studies of failure rates vary between  grossly 15 to 50 percent of failed expat assignements leading to early returns.

In the next part we will have a closer look at some of the factors that lead to these expat assignment failures.

Catherine Leyreloup

A brilliant artist.

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