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Homesick Kiwis Brush Off Pounds

Tuesday 21 May 2002

An overwhelming 91% of Kiwis in the United Kingdom intend to return home within five years, despite better career prospects and the lure of the British pound for working holiday- makers.

In a survey just released by 1sst Contact, the UK’s largest advisory for kiwi travellers.
Life experience/travel is named as the top motivator by 88% of young New Zealanders on UK working holiday visas.

This is significant says Mike Kaye, Managing Director 1st Contact.

“More than 300 kiwi respondents indicated better jobs and money are not enough to keep the majority of New Zealanders from returning home. It’s clear from this survey that it’s the “experience” most young Kiwis are looking for,” he says.

Once in the UK, most Kiwis say the combination of money, better career prospects and travel will keep them staying on for up to five years. But they will be back. Of those surveyed, 50 percent intend to return home in one - two years, and 41 percent within two - five years. (Only 5 percent would stay for up to 10 years and less than 4 percent would never come home.)

Although 61 percent say job prospects are better in the UK, only a minority (6 percent) give ‘career opportunity’ as the main reason for going on a working holiday.

Another key result of the survey was the overwhelming response, that any change to shorten the two-year working visa for New Zealanders, would have little impact on the number of Kiwis travelling to the UK, says Mike Kaye.

“This is very positive, more than 78% say they would still have come to the UK if the working visa was only for one year. New Zealanders have and always will have, a need

and desire to travel - due to our Pacific location. I think it’s very encouraging to see this sort of response. Kiwis are renowned for making the most of opportunity.“

The White Paper announcement from the British government is expected this month says Mr Kaye. “This will determine if there will be any change to the two-year working holiday visa for the UK, currently available to young New Zealanders.”


For further information
Melanie Fletcher, NZ Manager, 1st Contact: 09 522 8012 / 021 882 887

1st Contact was co-founded in the UK in 1990 by New Zealander Mike Kaye, and employs around 300 staff in the UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. 1st Contact assists with every stage of the “OE” from before leaving home to the return journey. Services include advice on visas and immigration; tax and financial services; recruitment; accommodation; telecommunications and shipping. For hot travel tips and more information see or call the New Zealand Office 0800 22 43 22.

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