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Expatriate Health Insurance News: Kiwi expats treated to Little Piece of Home

More than 700 expatriates from New Zealand living in Western Australia were given reminders of home in a recent event organised by their national airline.

Air New Zealand took over Rooftop Movies in Perth in order to hold the 'A Little Piece of Home' weekend over the course of April 13th to 14th.

As well as watching Kiwi films and listening to music from their homeland, expats were served dinner and able to enjoy the Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs that New Zealand is famous for, with beer and cider also available.

Some of the expats in attendance were treated to an extra special surprise with confectionary from New Zealand, such as Toffee Pops and Squiggles, handed out.

Ben Young, celebrating his birthday at the event, was given the ultimate homesickness cure however, as the airline had flown his parents to Perth to surprise him.

He said: "I couldn't miss anybody more than my mum and dad. Bringing my parents over, it's the biggest surprise I could ever think of. Words can't describe, it's been amazing."

There are a large number of Kiwis living in Western Australia and they are well engaged with the expat community.

The New Zealand-themed movie nights sold out in just 24 hours, showing the desire to connect with the culture of their homeland.

Such events, even when run on a small scale can be a great way to recognise homesickness and tackle it head-on.

It does not necessarily take big organisations to put activities together as groups of expats anywhere in the world can take it upon themselves to stage movie nights and tastes-of-home get-togethers.

Air New Zealand has launched a promotion in connection with the event, which allows expats to purchase flights from Perth to New Zealand with a $200 (£135) discount if booked by midnight on April 17th.

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