"During November 2012 there were over 120 comments posted largely by expat and returned Kiwis in a KEA group LinkedIn discussion on 'How do employers view those coming home after an extended period of time?' The comments centred around a theme that NZ employers appear fearful of hiring expats and donít recognise the skills and global connectivity opportunities which they can bring.
Reading through the comments one can identify many factors which matched those contained in material released on my website two years ago looking at the cultural impediments to growth of the New Zealand economy. So taking on board the strongly expressed hopes by many contributors that something would be done to highlight this issue of expat under-utilisation I have prepared this paper which will be referenced in the BNZ Weekly Overview ... The material will also form a backgrounder to comments to be included in my talks around New Zealand during 2013."
(Tony Alexander, BNZ Chief Economist, 30 November 2012)
"The Berkman Center was founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. We represent a network of faculty, students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace.
We investigate the real and possible boundaries in cyberspace between open and closed systems of code, of commerce, of governance, and of education, and the relationship of law to each. We do this through active rather than passive research, believing that the best way to understand cyberspace is to actually build out into it.
Our faculty, fellows, students, and affiliates engage with a wide spectrum of Net issues, including governance, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, content control, and electronic commerce. Our diverse research interests cohere in a common understanding of the Internet as a social and political space where constraints upon inhabitants are determined not only through the traditional application of law, but, more subtly, through technical architecture ('code').
As part of our active research mission, we build, use, and freely share open software platforms for free online lectures and discussions. We also sponsor gatherings, ranging from informal lunches to international conferences, that bring together members of our diverse network of participants to swap insights - and sometimes barbs - as they stake out their respective visions for what the Net can become. We also teach, seeking out online and global opportunities, as well as supporting the traditional Harvard Law School curriculum, often in conjunction with other Harvard schools and MIT."
(Berkman Center for Internet & Society)
"Kea is New Zealand's global network. Our mission is to connect New Zealand with the rest of the world by building a network of global citizens who take an active interest in the future of our country.
Kea's ultimate goal is for the home of the world's greatest travellers to become the world's leading nation without borders - for New Zealand to think, act, and engage more globally by utilising our offshore population of expatriates and honorary citizens.
While founded as the Kiwi Expat Association in 2001, Kea's activities are relevant to more than just 'Kiwi expats'. We are building a truly global network for New Zealand, which is equally important to New Zealand based organisations and individuals who are pursuing global opportunities, as well as citizens of other countries who have an affinity and interest in connecting with New Zealand.
Kea is especially committed to supporting organisations and individuals who help grow the New Zealand economy through international trade and investment, or help build New Zealand's brand and reputation on the world stage."