Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

13 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expat buy to let mortgage demand still strong

In spite of new restrictions introduced by the government in March’s budget, the expat buy to let mortgage market is seeing increased demand for its products. Expats wishing to maintain a foothold in the British property market are now being offered a wider choice of buy to let mortgages. UK property prices are still climbing faster than the 2015 global average, making buy to let not only a source of regular income but also a good bet for capital increases. In order to increase their market share, new guys in the game Skipton...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2016

New Kiwi retirement visa needs Brit millionaires

New Zealand’s innovative new retirement visa and residency permit may sound attractive, but the financial requirements are sky-high enough to deter all but the wealthy. The stunning antipodean islands of New Zealand have traditionally attracted expats from the UK looking for a British-style environment and friendly natives. However, the Kiwi government has, equally traditionally, made it less than easy for older UK and other expats to settle in comfort for the rest of their lives. The new retirement visa, a first in that category...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Majority of UK trainee doctors plan emigration after graduation

Over half of second year medical students at Birmingham University are planning to find jobs in overseas hospitals after they graduate. It seems the reason for the potential mass emigration of newly-qualified doctors, nurses and technicians is the new contract already responsible for strike action amongst junior doctors all over the UK. The students’ response to a question posed by a university lecturer is a warning to the government and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The controversial new contract covering the employment of junior...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Kiwi expats face tougher UK entry requirements

New entry rules announced by the British government are expected to make it tougher for New Zealanders to work and live in the UK. Kiwi would-be expats are questioning the new restrictions recently announced by the UK government, asking whether they are being treated unfairly in comparison with the benefits available to UK expats in New Zealand. New Zealanders in the UK are being forced out of the free National Health Service system and are only allowed to stay in the UK if they earn over NZ$74,000 a year. More than 150,000 Kiwis...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2016

European court judgment tightens up on expat welfare benefits

A recent ruling handed down from Europe’s highest court confirms that citizens of any one EU member state who emigrate to another state will be denied social welfare benefits for a period of three months after arrival. According to the European Court of Justice, the ruling covers a three month right-to-reside period after expat arrivals have entered with only a passport or valid ID card as identification. Member states have no means of telling whether new arrivals are able to support themselves or pay for medical treatment. The court...
20 Jun at 2 PM 2015

New Zealand introduces online visa application

People planning to visit or work in New Zealand can now fill out their visa applications online, in a move that has been viewed as a faster, more efficient way of doing things. Students have been able to use the online system since last August, and with the most recent enhancement of the system, more and more people heading to the country can do likewise. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse described the news as “fantastic” for anyone in the world who planned to visit New Zealand. He explained that the online visas became...
9 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Manila ranked 136th out of 230 for expat quality of living

The Philippines capital Manila is the 136th most livable city in the world for expats, according to the 2015 Quality of Living Rankings, which featured a total of 230 cities. The rankings, compiled by US global human resource consulting company Mercer, listed the Austrian capital Vienna as number one, with Switzerland’s Zurich and New Zealand’s Auckland taking up the nest two spots respectively. Meanwhile, most cities in the same region as Manila came above it, with Singapore in 26th place, Tokyo in 44th, Hong Kong in 70th and...
21 May at 6 PM 2015

South Korea blasted over teacher HIV test

Members of the UN rights team have criticised South Korea for insisting that an expat teacher from New Zealand had to have an HIV test prior to her teaching contract being renewed. The woman, Lisa Griffin, was refused the chance to have her teaching contract renewed in 2009 because she said she would not undergo the test on the grounds that it was discriminatory as her Korean counterparts did not have to do the same. The Uslan Metropolitan Office of Education, Griffin’s employers, had claimed the HIV/AIDS tests were considered as...
27 Apr at 4 PM 2015

New Zealand issues increasing number of visas

New Zealand is becoming more and more popular with expats from all over the world, with the most recent data showing a rise in the number of work, visitor and student visas issued. Visitor arrivals to the country hit a record high for March, a rise of 15 per cent on the same month last year and eight per cent greater than in 2013, according to the statistics. The Cricket World Cup coupled with an earlier Easter were the main reasons for such a large increase, noted the manager of New Zealand Statistics, Vina Cullum. The yearly net...
8 Apr at 9 AM 2015

A New Zealander’s view of Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand is one of the greatest places to be an expat according to Iona Proebst, the Executive Director of The Branch Foundation, a charity focusing on providing renewable energy, education and income generation for marginalised communities in South-East Asia. With the city’s colourful and vibrant life, there are always surprises to be had. Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second biggest city, boasts great food and drinking venues at very low prices with meals starting at only NZD$1 and a beer at around NZD$2. Not only does...