Person to person interactions are vital for human relationships but our government officials don't seem to see the enormous benefits the border and immigration rules are denying NZ, writes Eric Crampton

Distance was supposed to be dead. The first dotcom boom promised an end to distance's tyranny, and technological substitutes for face-to-face communication have developed considerably since then.

The tyrant remains undefeated for a simple reason. Tech alternatives for business communication and interaction are not always good substitutes for meeting people in person. Instead, they are often complements to those interactions. Rather than replacing in-person meetings, they can make them more valuable.

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