Haere Mai program attracting young people back to New Zealand
AUCKLAND - January 1, 2062 - Analice Cameron was barely three years old when her family fled the 2036 Submergence. Now she's come back. "We joke it's not New Zealand anymore, it's New-New-New Zealand. But that's just having a laugh. For the first time in my life, I feel like I'm home."
Cameron is one of approximately seventeen thousand young Kiwi transplants participating in the New Zealand government's Haere Mai Program, which offers tax incentives to displaced New Zealanders for returning home. The program is the brainchild of PM Tama Ngata, who is widely credited with facilitating the revitalization of Auckland and Christchurch through risky, post-Citarum River Disaster investment in the nanotech construction industry. "It's time to let the world know we're still here," said Ngata of the program. "Our nation is strong. Not even the Die-Off could bring us down. We've rebuilt, and our doors are open."