BYE BYE CULTURAL CRINGE: EXPAT KIWIS CONFIDENT AND CONNECTED WITH HOME   9 Jul 2008

EXPAT SURVEY: New Zealanders remain confident about their country and strongly committed to its destiny even while living and working overseas, a survey of Kiwi expats in Europe has found.

"I want to experience and travel the world before coming home to settle down"; "I am planning to return [to New Zealand] and build a business there," were typical comments received in the survey by global network Kea New Zealand and national airline Air New Zealand. "New Zealand is the best, but as a Kiwi you need to see the rest of the world to appreciate it," echoed another respondent.

While 35% of the expats in the survey left home to take advantage of global economic opportunities, this does not mean they lack confidence in New Zealand. More than two-thirds (69%) say New Zealand has made great progress over the last ten years, and 59% are confident about New Zealand’s economic future.

Another factor influencing some to leave home is the ability to pay off their student loans faster when earning in sterling.

Of more than 3000 expats who responded to the survey, more than four in ten (42%) travel to New Zealand at least once a year, and more than two-thirds (69%) get home at least every two years. About 98% maintain family or social connections with New Zealand, and around 95% see New Zealand as a great place to raise kids and to retire.

"The picture that emerges is of talented Kiwis curious about what lies outside their doorstep venturing out and gaining experience and connections they can use for New Zealand’s benefit in the future," says Anna Groot, Kea’s Regional Manager in the UK.

"Most Kiwi expats are broadening their horizons, but without in anyway taking New Zealand out of the picture," she says.

"I have a desire to understand where my roots are from," was one respondent’s reply when asked why they left New Zealand. Travel and the opportunity to earn better money overseas were consistently cited as reasons for moving abroad. For example, one respondent had "[a] desire to see the world and travel, and there is better remuneration overseas in [my] specific employment area."

"Let’s sip sauvignon blanc during the rugby, eh?"

The lure of enhanced lifestyle and culture overseas is the biggest single factor (44%) in expats’ decision to leave New Zealand, the survey found.

Yet there is little sign of old-fashioned cultural cringe among Kiwi expats: more than 70% say Kiwi arts & culture is among the world’s best.

Half of respondents agreed with the statement "When I think of New Zealand, I think more of good food and wine than having a beer with my mates", and less than a quarter disagreed.

Well over half of the expats in the survey say that Kiwis overseas tend to rely too much on New Zealand’s sporting success for their sense of national identity. And by a two-to-one margin, respondents say they personally still identify more with New Zealand rugby than with its arts and culture.

Still the world’s greatest travellers

Most Europe-based New Zealanders travel outside their current country of residence at least once every three months, the survey found. Nearly half (48%) have lived in at least three countries, and a quarter have lived in four countries or more.

"Er, we’re the other down-under"

Kiwi expats see their nationality as having a good image around the world (94%) and say their country promotes itself well globally (84%).

Yet 26% of the Kiwis in the sample report that foreigners confuse New Zealanders with Australians, and 82% say most people overseas tend to lump Kiwis and Aussies together.

Claire Byrom from Air New Zealand in London said that the positive results from the survey also strongly support the airline’s involvement with ‘Track Me Back’, a New Zealand initiative lead by a number of New Zealand employers to support Kiwis thinking of returning home to work at some stage.

"Since its launch in November more than 2700 Kiwis with an interest of returning home have registered at trackmeback.co.nz . Track Me Back puts employers in direct contact with Kiwis, building communication as to what they can offer in terms of career and opportunity and providing compelling reasons for New Zealanders to return home

"The results of the survey show that Kiwis do and will always call New Zealand home even when 12,000 miles away."

 

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

Museum of Waitangi set to become a national and visitor Icon

5 Feb 2016 News
05 February 2016 Museum of Waitangi set to become a national and visitor Icon The new Museum of Waitangi, opened today by the... more

ETS Review modelling documents released

5 Feb 2016 Environment
5 February 2016 ETS Review modelling documents released Three technical documents are being released to help New Zealanders engage... more

Business

NZ wool prices slip on higher kiwi, reduced China demand

5 Feb 2016 Business News By Tina Morrison
Article - BusinessDesk   NZ wool prices slip on higher kiwi dollar, reduced demand from China By Tina Morrison Feb. 5 ... more

NZ directors more aware of risk, focus on cyber security

5 Feb 2016 Business News By Sophie Boot
Article - BusinessDesk   NZ directors more aware of risk, focus on cyber security   Feb. 5 (BusinessDesk) - Directors of... more

Living

Does what it means to be a Kiwi depend on where you live?

5 Feb 2016 Lifestyle
  4 February 2016What it is to be a Kiwi may depend of where you live – Auckland or elsewhere in New Zealand – with... more

2015: The Year of the Blockbuster

21 Jan 2016 Entertainment
Motion Pictures Distributors' Association   January 21, 2016 2015: The Year of the Blockbuster For the second year in a row the ... more

Property

Auckland house sales volumes jump to 8-year high in January

4 Feb 2016 Property By Tina Morrison
  Auckland's house sales volumes jump to 8-year high in January, Barfoot says Feb. 4 (BusinessDesk) - Auckland residential... more

Auckland house prices little changed in December

6 Jan 2016 Property By Sophie Boot
Article - BusinessDesk   Auckland house prices little changed in December as sales volumes, listings drop Jan. 6 (BusinessDesk)... more

Migration

More than 27,000 new Kiwis in 2015

5 Feb 2016 Migration
  This Waitangi Day, New Zealand will roll out the welcome mat to 24 new citizens at Government House, and acknowledge over... more

NZ net migrants reach all-time high 63,700 in boom November

21 Dec 2015 Migration
Article - Businesswire   NZ net migrants reach all-time high 63,700 in boom November year for travel By Jonathan Underhill Dec. ... more

Travel

More than 100,000 SmartGate users in one week

22 Jan 2016 Travel & Tourism
New Zealand Government Hon Nicky WagnerMinister of Customs 22 January 2016 More than 100,000 SmartGate users in one week Customs ... more

Wellington ratepayers to pay $8mln for Canberra flights

21 Jan 2016 Travel & Tourism By Pattrick Smellie
Wellington ratepayers to pay $8mln over 10 years for Canberra flights Jan. 21 (BusinessDesk) - Wellington City Council is... more

Sport

Global Racing Teams Attracted to Godzone’s Fifth Chapter

5 Feb 2016 Multisport
70 teams from 11 nations will come together in Kaiteriteri, Tasman this April for the fifth chapter of New Zealand’s premier ... more

Rob Nicol joins Mondiale Aces squad

22 Jan 2016 Cricket
Auckland Cricket Friday, 22 January 2016 Rob Nicol joins Mondiale Aces squad for Ford Trophy Qualifying Final The Mondiale Auckland... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on Paula Bennett’s fantasy politics and Iran's election

22 Jan 2016 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
We seem to be living in an era of virtual government, where governments promote only an illusion of policy kapow! rather than the... more

Gordon Campbell on the Dotcom extradition decision

24 Dec 2015 Opinion
Column - Gordon Campbell   Gordon Campbell on the Dotcom extradition decision Inevitably – and with justification –... more

Kiwi Success

Appointment of GCSB Acting Director

5 Feb 2016 Appointments
New Zealand Government Hon Christopher Finlayson5 February 2016 GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director... more

Heading to Europe And the Olympics of Architecture

22 Jan 2016 Flying Kiwi*
Warren and Mahoney Heading to Europe And the Olympics of Architecture Architectural graduate Antonia Lapwood has been awarded the... more

Recruitment

Addressing skills shortages in dairy farming

11 Dec 2015 Recruitment
    11 December 2015 Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce and Minister for Social... more

Alignment of NZ and Australian qualifications frameworks

4 Dec 2015 Recruitment
New Zealand Government Hon Steven Joyce Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment 4 December 2015 Tertiary Education,... more