The New Zealand election looming and to no surprise the “brain drain” rhetoric is rearing its head yet again.
It seems that New Zealand has a chip on the shoulder when it comes to its big brother Australia. Lower taxes, higher incomes, better weather, better jobs, better life, hotter chicks blah blah blah blah blah.
I have been in Australia for three years now and have formed the opinion that the “brain drain” is a petty argument touted by those who don’t have the will to go out and experience the rest of the world for themselves.
New Zealand is geographically isolated, so its no wonder that we want to venture out, explore and learn. New Zealand is tiny market by world standards, so its no wonder that our most driven graduates leave our shores. Why why why would you ever want to stop that from happening?
Let them go, experience the world and come back to New Zealand better citizens.
New Zealand, the problem is not that your ‘brains’ leave, the problem is you do shit all to get them to come back.