Other countries were harder hit, with alarming fatality rates, lockdowns impacting economies and ongoing uncertainty around social and individual futures. Given the choice, who wouldn’t opt to come back to Aotearoa? It’s not quite as easy as that, of course. We talked to a few about how the transition has been for them and asked what inspired the big decision.

Doctor TN

To make a difference

Dr Viswas Dayal headed to London in 2016 to complete a PhD in neurology and help patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Returning to Auckland, New Zealanders are now benefiting from his skills.

North South TN

To find a refuge

When Rachel Morris came home from the United States late last year, it was with a mix of relief and sadness.

Jake Byrom TN

To get a break

Actor Jake Byrom swapped the bright lights of London for the allure of New Zealand's Garden City, Christchurch amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nelson family TN

To be with family

Shirts and ties were replaced with shorts and jandals when Jude Osborne, Matt D’Herville and son Reuben moved back to New Zealand from the United Kingdom.

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