Magazine article New Zealand Management

Kea out to Hunt Lost Kiwis

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Kea out to Hunt Lost Kiwis

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They're everywhere--from Tajikistan to Tanzania, Canberra to the Caribbean--and an organisation set up to create links with the great global talent pool of migrating Kiwis is putting them on the map via a web-based census.

As at March 23, Kea's "Everyone Counts" website had totted up to 21,354 and at peak times expats are apparently completing its online survey at a rate of more than 100 an hour. A world map keeping the tally shows the bulk of respondents are in the United Kingdom but they're also spread through North and South Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa--148 countries in all.

There's evidently a few who don't want to be found across the ditch--the map shows just under 3500 out of a Kiwi-born population estimated at around 442,000 which roughly represents the entire city of Wellington.

Kea puts a positive spin on the "brain drain". Its chief executive Ross McConnell says of the Kiwis who've so far filled in its survey, more than half intend to eventually come home.

"Equally, Kea is taking on the challenge of building a vibrant, global pro-New Zealand community among the half of expats who may never come home to live. …

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