New Zealand’s Kea expat network reaches 500,000

Published:  3 Dec at 4 PM
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A global network designed for New Zealanders living overseas has hit the half-million-member mark.

Kea, which was launched in 2001 by Professor David Teece and The Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall on the back of the Knowledge Wave conference, connects New Zealand businesses with Kiwis living around the world.

Among those permitted to sign up to the network are ‘Friends of New Zealand’, people who are not from the country but have a vested interest or are connected in some way to it.

The group’s global chief executive, Craig Donaldson, described reaching half a million members as a “significant milestone” as it proved its services and connections were growing in demand by the year.

He explained that the total community had risen more than ten-fold over the past two years alone, which has helped the network connect with over a quarter of the roughly one million New Zealanders living abroad as well as the hundreds of thousands of friends of the country.

Donaldson revealed that around 200,000 of members were living in China, one of the island nation’s biggest export markets.

The network recently designed an app that allows expat New Zealanders to locate Kiwi businesses, events and other expats in the same region as them around the world. The Economist magazine has also praised Kia, saying it would be a good model for the UK to follow.
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