How can we attract skilled, creative and entrepreneurial people born in other countries? How can our 'seventeenth region' - the more than 600,000 New Zealanders living abroad, be a greater national asset ? Julie Fry is a consulting economist who divides her time between New York and a family farm near Motueka. She has worked on migration policy issues since the early 1990s, designing programmes and advising agencies including The Treasury, Te Puni Kokiri, and HM Treasury in London. She has written a book with Hayden Glass called, Going Places, which argues that we could do significantly better if we changed some of our policies.