As expected New Zealanders are leaving the country in droves and immigrants and tourists are tending to stay away as well. Most of those leaving are probably salary-earners rather than small business owners, who will tend to profit from the reconstruction. The following article suggests that middle income earners have been particularly hard hit by higher taxes. i.e. the tax system in most countries is so skewed against the salaryman, that people are inclined to seek out any concession, rather than doing what they should do, and stop sanctioning a terrible form of government 'democracy' and the right of government - or that blessed 'majority' - if ever there was one. Stop sanctioning the right of the minority to extort from another minority. That is not the genius of democracy; that is what makes democracy just a legitimatised form of tyranny like the ones of old. This might strike you as strange but that legitimacy comes in the form of your right to vote. Yes, voting. The right to a meaningless sanctioning of a person you have never met, to execute policies you don't know, who purportedly competes against a party who is very much the same, engaged in the same form of extortion, to stay in power. Allies I'd say more than competitors. But by all means, go to Australia, and win the right to be screwed by a different democratic franchise. You will end up becoming a repressed materialist like all the other Australians. If depressed; go shopping; and give the government more points for stimulating economic activity...as opposed to productivity..which is what really counts. That's right, we do not even measure government by the right tools....anyway they control all the data.