Goodbye NZ, nice to have helped, but I gotta go

So David Skilling does a fantastic job leading the NZ institute, influencing massive policy changes in saving (Kiwisaver), economy, climate change and broadband.

So now that his 4 year stint is up, what does he do?

Leave.

Yup – David is off to Singapore.

It sums everything that is right and wrong with NZ very nicely.

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3 Responses to Goodbye NZ, nice to have helped, but I gotta go

  1. raf says:

    As he says there is nowhere to go as politics and bureaucracy don’t appeal. NZ continues to suffer due to its lack of scale, drive and vision.

    It needs a major shot in the arm, some major incentive or similar drive to pull smart people in and make them stay.

    There is a window of opportunity no but it wont be around forever.

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  2. People’s response to David’s departure also “sums everything that is right and wrong with NZ very nicely.”

    Rather than a simplistic view of Brain Drain where the solution is that everyone should come back to NZ, acknowledging that we are part of a global economy means we should encourage people to go back and forth. Or have a string of homes around the world. That’s how world-class knowledge and perspectives get brought to NZ.

    David Skilling and others like him will leave NZ, learn some more stuff, come back, contribute again, leave again, etc.. etc..

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  3. Lance Wiggs says:

    Stephen – that’s a nice way to think about it. I now feel a lot better about being in Perth for too long!
    L

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