As New Zealand Courts Tech Talent, Isolation Becomes a Draw

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A nation working to be a tech hub is finding that part of what makes it attractive to potential hires is its distance from some of the world’s frustrations.

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An employee in the lunchroom at Xero, an online accounting software firm, in Auckland, New Zealand, last month.

“I’d say the timing is coincidental but fortuitous,” said Nick Piesco, a programmer at Xero who moved from Austin, Tex., after the election of Donald J. Trump.

Rod Drury, the chief executive of Xero, is the biggest name in New Zealand’s tech scene, a local version of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.

From the Devonport ferry, passengers can get a view of downtown Auckland.