Living and Working in New Zealand
Here is an abridged version of our original blog, published January 14
By Alyssa Pereira, writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Published Saturday, January 21, 2017
"The tech industry in New Zealand is booming at a rate that's too fast for them to keep up with.
There are now around 900 startup businesses in Wellington, a national hub for the field, and at such a rapidly growing rate, companies are beginning to look to the United States and elsewhere to lure skilled tech workers like engineers and data scientists to join their workforce.
The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) is an organization that aims to grow business in the Wellington area and they want to recruit new talent.
Wellington city, dubbed "Silicon Welly," is reportedly home to 16,000 tech-related jobs at emerging companies like cinematic effects company Weta Workshop, digital agency Resn, augmented reality company Magic Leap, and more.
To staff 100 jobs that employers need, WREDA is appealing internationally, part of a new "talent attraction" program initiative called 'LookSee Wellington'.
Friday night, Cuba St, Downtown Wellington
"As with many countries in the world we have a shortage of tech talent," says Chris Whelan, CEO at the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency. "We're looking globally to make sure we get the best talent we can. Companies [here] have a massive appetite for U.S. talent — the level of expertise and the talent that we value, is coming out of the U.S."
There are certainly some perks to the move; one of the hallmarks of life in New Zealand, as Whelan says, is the work-life balance.
"I'm a Wellingtonian by choice" he says "At six o'clock last night, I was in the middle of a forest hiking up a mountain. If you want to go mountain biking or paddle-boarding or to enjoy a host of other lifestyle activities, you can do it, it's on your doorstep."
You can read more about working in Wellington on our blog Wellington, "The coolest little capital in the world"
Here's the update to this story, published today by New York Times reporters Jacqueline Williams and David Streitfeld - 'As New Zealand Courts Tech Talent, Isolation Becomes a Draw'