I'm in New Zealand for 2 weeks speaking about the economic benefits of diversity at a series of events in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.
NZ is small country that will always be geographically remote, but it is intimately connected to the rest of the world through its wonderfully diverse people.
Their diversity is an often undervalued asset, especially in these difficult times.
Yet just as ethnic Chinese networks have long been at the centre of trade in Asia, Chinese New Zealanders can help New Zealand connect with China and the rest of Asia's dynamic markets.
What's more, New Zealand's diverse workforce can boost creativity, innovation and enterprise, and thus boost productivity growth. That makes everyone richer and helps pay for the schools, hospitals and other things we cherish.
To any NZ-based readers on this blog, I look forward to meeting some of you over the next weeks.