A scholarship programme which aims to grow quality education linkages with India has seen a group of 35 students from India settle into their studies at New Zealand universities.
From small town Otangarei a local teacher could be teaching te reo to a group of Maori students across the ditch.
A new $5000 relocation grant is proving a "massive incentive" for agencies recruiting overseas teachers, as schools reopen after the summer holidays this week.
Schools are finding that 'flipped learning' is well suited to international learners.
Whanganui Girls College's assistant principal will soon swap Whanganui's river views for the jungles and beaches of Brunei.
Pii-Tuulia Nikula, for The Conversation, says tit-for-tat policy decision-making over student fees is just a minor element in a much wider erosion of New Zealanders' rights in Australia.