New Zealand is proving to be a popular place to live, as witnessed by the increase in net arrivals.
More people are arriving and fewer people are leaving.
We have our issues, but it’s nice to reflect now and then that yes, we do truly live in a place where people want to live.
I’m reminded of that each day as I look out the window at work at the crowds of happy tourists visiting Auckland’s Art Gallery, or as I wander through the streets of downtown Auckland, Britomart, the Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter.
I’m reminded each time I fly to another city in New Zealand – on average one a week – and feel blessed not just for the wonderful destination and people, but also for the simplicity of the journey on our national airline.
I’m reminded whenever I listen to the National Program from RNZ, and compare and contrast with any media outlet offshore.
I’m reminded when I experience our healthcare system, our natural abundance, and, even, our taxation and welfare system.
We are a beacon of political sensibility in a world increasingly pressured by political turmoil.
We are a society that has deliberately worked hard at fixing underlying issues caused years of institutionalised discrimination, recognising the central role of the Tangata Whenua in New Zealand, working through treaty settlements and along the way realising and promoting a true multi-cultural society. We welcome all people.
We are consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world to do business – and it’s increasingly clear to me that this is based on fact.
We are the lucky country – lucky because we have worked hard at being a great place to live.
Locals and people from offshore are voting with their feet. Right now it’s a great time to be in New Zealand. Join in and help us get even better.