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Rod Drury: Baby boomers' OE

I spoke at a KEA event at New Zealand House in London on Tuesday night.

In the room were a bunch of our most talented and brightest people operating in one of the world’s largest markets.

Back at home I think we are guilty of being too comfortable; too inwardly focused. It was exciting to be with so many New Zealanders grabbing their share of the world’s opportunities. The Kiwi OE takes on more significance as we find our place in the global economy, building valuable relationships that will benefit them, and us, for life.  

There are many 50+ New Zealanders with the kids away at university enjoying their second careers in London. These people are operating at the heart of the UK economy. Networks like KEA enable connections to opportunities you almost wouldn’t dream of sitting at home in New Zealand.

We need to hear more stories of our entrepreneurs making it overseas.  It’s amazing what these people are achieving.

Hearing how they got out of their comfort zone and are playing in the big pond motivates and inspires. And they’re having a lot of fun.

These stories are what we need to get our domestic businesses thinking global.  It’s so important that we grab our share of the global economy so that we can increase the size of our pie.

It’s not just the 20 year olds that over here, their parents are too.

And that creates awesome opportunities for all New Zealand companies to tap into this huge market. Maybe you’re not heading for a quiet retirement after all.

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