Christchurch Airport and Kea (Kiwi Expats' Association)
are joining forces to remind passionate off-shore Kiwis what's hot
Christchurch Airport GM Aeronautical Business Development
Matthew Findlay says no matter how far from home Kiwis go, someone
they meet will know of their beautiful homeland.
"In light of recent events in Christchurch, many expats
and people they meet overseas have a heightened awareness of, and
fondness for, the city and its fortunes," says Mr
"Many expats have sent considerable support in one form or
another and we know they're curious to see how the city takes shape
over the next few years. Some will be watching the employment
opportunities the rebuild offers, waiting for the chance to bring
their skills and talents home to make a difference where it's
"We are partnering with Kea for the next three years to
grow our connection to strong Kiwi advocates all over the
world, to support our endeavours of connecting the South
Island to the world via Christchurch Airport.
"We want them fly internationally into this airport, to
support the huge efforts we are making to grow services into and
out of the gateway to the best New Zealand has to offer - the South
"I'm sure most South Island expats have a mental picture
of their arrival at Christchurch Airport, whether it's for a visit,
a family event, to show their homeland to overseas friends or
a permanent return."
Kea is actively working on connecting to more Kiwi expats,
using social media to reach them. The association currently has
60,000 members, with another thousand signing up each week. It is
also identifying Kiwis leading, or working at high levels in, huge
multinationals, hoping to work with them to grow interest in New
Kea's Commercial Director Tim Huston says the association
has a large membership of influential members across all
"It's in our member's interests to help Christchurch
Airport secure air services," says Mr Huston.
"Many expats work in influential and global businesses
keen to import and export here, plus many have skills directly
useful to the Christchurch redevelopment. They want to get to and
from the South Island easily, but also convince their boss and
business that doing business with New Zealand is easy.
"Kea has a presence in 25 countries around the world, so
giving our members fresh information about the many developments
here works positively for everyone. We work closely with various
government and business organisations and can facilitate all sorts
of connections for everyone's benefit."