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How can NZ retain its talented youth?

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Almost half of Kiwis working overseas make more than $100,000 a year - and they are split on whether they want to come home. A quarter say they have no wish to return to New Zealand to live, but 27 per cent are looking for work here.

The transtasman exodus was an election issue last month, and the survey shows that the first choice of those who have gone overseas is Australia (35 per cent), followed by the United Kingdom (27 per cent).

More than 15,000 expats responded to the online survey, conducted by Kea New Zealand, a non-profit organisation that seeks to keep Kiwis connected while they're living abroad.

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