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Govt funding support for kiwi expat network

26 December 2006

Govt funding support for kiwi expat network

The government is giving funding support to the Kea network of expats abroad, to further help New Zealand business and industries tap into our global talent pool and extend international connections, Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.

"New Zealand’s expatriate community is more significant in both size and talent than almost any other developed economy. By supporting Kea through a $250,000 grant, we are hoping to further build and strengthen the international connections that are so important to doing business with the rest of the world," Trevor Mallard said.

"I'd urge any New Zealanders who are at home for the festive season or for the Summer holidays, to check out Kea and seriously consider joining this international network of kiwis living and working abroad.

" Kea’s website www.keanewzealand.com allows members to utilise a searchable database, access news and information about New Zealand and New Zealanders around the world, share information about their businesses (including job and investment opportunities) and identify initiatives that could benefit from the input of their own expertise.

"Kea brings together Kiwi expatriates, public and private sector organisations, and other 'friends of New Zealand', to create a powerful global knowledge network for the benefit of New Zealand.

“The New Zealand government recognises the potential of this largely untapped resource of expats. The grant from the Regional and Industry Development Fund will enable Kea to expand its business model through the engagement of three key personnel – a Global Operations Manger, a Technology Manager, and a UK Regional Manager.

“We want to facilitate the flow of skills, knowledge, ideas and opportunities between New Zealand, members of its expatriate community and individuals with an interest in New Zealand.

"There are around 22,000 web subscribers to Kea in more than 170 countries so far. Retaining close ties with these successful Kiwi expats provides key levers for enhancing our business networks, inward and outward investment, in-market contacts, commercial prospects and linkages to a pool of international knowledge and expertise. All these have the potential to stimulate global business activity and innovation,” Trevor Mallard said.

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