Saturday, September 22, 2007

Voting with their feet

Dear Leader is down in the polls but what is a real worry is that people are voting with their feet.
The Kiwi exodus over the Tasman continues as Granny Herald reported today.
"Brain Drain losses a worry" was the headline, with some telling comments about failures within government immigration policy.

The number of New Zealanders leaving to live in Australia accelerated to 25,940 in August, the largest annual net outflow since late 2001.

"While 'professionals' are still offsetting the net outflow in other skill sets, even professional migrant inflow is the lowest in five years ... and continues to head south," Beacher said.

"The well-documented 'brain drain' of 2000-2001 was a rush out the door from all skill sets ... could we see a repeat? More policy response in this area is urgently required."

Of course, what really matters is New Zealand having a economic policies that will help up catch up with our friends over the Tasman. With each trip I have to oz, the wealth gulf seems to widen.

And what was the government interested in this week, more tax and controls to tackle supposed global 'climate change.' A policy it admitted would choke off economic growth.

Emperor Clark is fiddling while the kiwi economy burns.

I do hope that if those ex-pat kiwis are Gnats, that they remain registed to vote Dear Leader out next year.


KG said...

And Australia shares none of the doom and gloom rampant here--Aussies seem to be far more optimistic about the future.
funny, that....

Psycho Milt said...

I'm at a loss as to why the right peddles this one. The govt will quite possibly be led by National in 2009, and the loss of people to Aus will continue, for exactly the same reason Aus loses its people to the US and UK - do you really want the left quoting all this crap back at you when that comes to pass?

Barnsley Bill said...

Economic and social refugees every single one of them.

KG said...

What were the figures under the last National government, PM?

Cactus Kate said...

Never fear, NZ now has $3 million of immigrant by the name of Ahmed Zaoui. His value to the NZ economy will well offset the exodus. He must have really amazing skills to offset the cost of importing him. I mean Dear Leader must know something about his value that we don't.

Anonymous said...

Agreed PM. I left NZ at the end of the Muldoon era, it's hardly a new phenomenon and I suspect nothing to do with Helen.

KG said...

ackers, I don't think FM was suggesting that you leaving NZ was a new phenomenon.

dad4justice said...

ackers you nutbar it has everything to do with Hell Klark and her insidious government which is laughing stock of the Western World.

Don't blame Muldoon or the EB's for the intense hatred that most people have, because of the the deception and corruption shown by the Labour mongrels !

Both my trade qualified sons and girl friends have gone across the ditch to start a family . At least they have a chance over there @!

Anonymous said...

Ackers leaving cannot be described as part of the brain drain.

KG said...


Anonymous said...

As an immigrant myself, from the UK, I will say there are many reasons why you move from one country to another.
There are things like the weather, living standards , quality of life, etc.
And I know that people have been leaving New Zealand for Australia for many years.
I tried it myself last year, but as a journalist I could not get a job in Perth and I did not fancy living in Sydney as it is too busy, though work is plentiful there. And I soon realised Perth was too isolated.
For me, having lived in New Zealand since 1998, I am pretty much settled here as anywhere. It's where the bulk of my friends are. Much as I still have family ties to the UK, seeing out the final years of my elderly parents, could I really 'fit in'if I went back to britain.
However, economic considerations do come into play. That is one think that might draw me back to Australia. I am tiring of working hard and having little to show for it. When I first worked in New Zealand in the mid-90s on a working holiday visa, I seemed much richer than I was in britain at the time. Living standards here have changed little, while britain and Australia have moved significantly ahead.
For other groups of workers, the differences in pay will be sharper and make a move over more cost-effective, regardless of the loss of family or social ties.
The issue is, yes there will always be brain drains and gains and returning kiwis will offer new skills and experiences of value to the country.
But what if they do not come back? What if New Zealand loses its best workers to overseas, or at least significant numbers of them. And what if the new immigrants just dont have the skills to replace them effectively.
The challenge for government is to craft immigration policy to attract those with the right language , work experience and cultural skills to fit in and easily gain work here.
It is also to make New Zealand an attractive enough place for its indigenous population, both maori and pakeha, to want to stay here, to believe that they have a future here, that they can succeed and prosper in New Zealand.
And this is where it does come down to economics and politics; issues of tax,education, crime, the cost of living, etc.
This is where Clark is failing and why growing numbers of Kiwis are heading overseas, to Australia in particular.

Fairfacts Media

Anonymous said...

A guy who used to work for us is now in Oz, and back here recruiting. Apparently, a GRADUATE electrical engineer (no experience) can earn $135k, for the hardship of having to live in Melbourne. I also heard that truckdrivers can ask over $200k.

KG said...

My wife is a nurse and was earning $36/hr in Oz. Here she earns around $26/hr and she
pays more tax.
My position is even worse--so we're both headed back to Oz.
Lovely country, I like a lot of the Kiwis but the financial side of things just makes it impossible.
Added to that this country seems to be sliding further every day into the kind of thing that's destroying Britain--crime out of control and a refusal to look facts in the face.
Kiwis can't deny the erosion of their society forever and when the wake-up call hits home it won't be pleasant.
(neither do I think the coming elections will provide an answer, given National's lurch towards Labour)