Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managers Abroad: Offshore Kiwis a Big Asset; Born and Raised in South Canterbury, Todd Somerville Is Kea Director for the UK and Europe

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managers Abroad: Offshore Kiwis a Big Asset; Born and Raised in South Canterbury, Todd Somerville Is Kea Director for the UK and Europe

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Byline: Todd Somerville

What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand?

It was partly personal. My wife is English and I'd spent a few years at university in the UK, so we had strong links to England and always wanted to live here at some point. After 10 years in Auckland we decided to make the move. We've been in the UK for 11 years now, so it's been a slow oscillation between the hemispheres.

Work also played a part, of course. We both had good jobs in Auckland but like many Kiwis overseas we wanted to swim beyond the breakers.

How are your experiences overseas shaping your understanding of New Zealand?

From this distance you get a good perspective on what makes New Zealand special, and it's not the landscape or the lifestyle, which is what I'd always assumed when I lived there.

It's the people. Kiwis are just different -- more open, friendly, unpretentious, pragmatic, positive, naturally innovative. I took all that for granted in New Zealand but over here it really sets us apart. …

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