Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

3 Jul at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand takes over from Oz as expats favourite

International relocation companies are reporting a surge in expats expressing interest in moving to New Zealand. For the first time in over 20 years, more Australians are leaving the home country and heading south, and the surge in British interest after the Brexit referendum is gathering even more momentum. New Zealand’s uniquely dramatic scenery might have something to do with its increasing popularity, but the so-called ‘Brexit and Trump’ effect and the islands’ friendly communities are the main reasons for its soaring...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2017

UK expat breakfasts in New Zealand wrecked over Weetabix scandal

300 boxes of the much-loved British breakfast cereal Weetabix are languishing on a pallet in Kiwi customs due to a complaint from a rival Australian cereal manufacturer. A container load of British favourites arrived in New Zealand last week, including a pallet of Weetabix destined to be delivered to a grocery serving UK expats. The store, quaintly entitled ‘A Little Bit of Britain’ and run by Lisa Wilson, stocks hundreds of favourite foodstuffs from the home country and is hugely popular with Christchurch’s British expat...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Kiwi dream replaces the American dream for US expats

New Zealand is world-famous for its spectacular landscapes, with many US expats seeing it as a resurgence of their parents’ American dream. New Zealand’s magnificent mountains, rolling green hills and rugged fjords became famous as the backdrop for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and its follow-up, The Hobbit, causing many US citizens dreaming of a new life to become obsessed with moving to the South Pacific archipelago. In a recent NBC TV programme, a group of US expats were shown gathered around a fire discussing the Kiwi...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Massive increase in immigrants to New Zealand

New Zealand’s net immigration figures have hit an all-time high as 73,000 more arrive than leave. According to figures for the month of May 2017, immigrants are still flooding to New Zealand in increasing numbers, led by would-be expats from the UK and Australia as well as migrants from China. Las month's net migration figures show an increase on last year of 3,600, with 75 per cent of the 130,400 arrivals non- Kiwis looking to settle in the country. The rush to become part of the country’s growing economy happened at the same...
9 Jun at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand real estate now a buyers market due to oversupply of homes

It’s a buyers' market in New Zealand for expats looking to put down roots as the number of homes for sale doubles over last year’s total. Last month’s figures for the total number of homes on the market in Auckland were the highest since 2012, with almost 9,000 residential properties awaiting buyers. At the same time, the number of completed sales is falling, creating a buyers’ market for locals and expat incomers alike. The phenomenon isn’t confined to Auckland, with real estate agents in Canterbury, Wellington, Bay of...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Trump presidency causes huge rise in Americans renouncing citizenship

Trump’s first 100 days as President has, according to official figures, caused a massive rise in the number of Americans renouncing their citizenship and becoming permanent expats. As the Trump administration struggles to find anything to celebrate about The Donald’s first 100 days as US president, the thousands of Americans who’ve now deserted the sinking ship are enjoying their new lives overseas. Even before last year’s Presidential election, high-profile individuals as well as everyday Americans stated their determination...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Buying a home as an expat in Australia

Australia has been a favourite destination for expats for many decades, with a good number enjoying the lifestyle so much they decide to put down roots by buying a home. For expats considering the commitment of a property purchase, the first thing to remember is that foreign nationals do not have the automatic right to buy a home unless they are married to an Australian national, already have permanent residence or are New Zealanders on a special category visa. Expatriates to whom these exceptions don’t apply will need to apply for...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats trapped in pensioner poverty due to sterling fall and frozen pensions

Britons who decided to retire overseas and live in modest comfort with the help of their UK state pensions are now facing a poverty-stricken future as a result of the frozen pension rules and Brexit’s effect on sterling. Living with the knowledge that one’s life savings will soon run out, one’s pension payments are shrinking due to the fall in sterling and there’s no hope of repeal for the frozen pension rule isn’t what many UK retirees expected would happen within their lifetimes. However careful their planning, the present...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Hong Kong expats relocating from hi-so districts due to soaring rentals

Soaring real estate prices in Hong Kong’s traditional expat areas are spurring moves to less expensive districts. The traditionally favourite enclaves for the expat community in Hong Kong including Mid-Levels, Discovery Bay, the Peak and Southern District are now no longer affordable for the bulk of foreigners working in the island city. Nowadays, Hong Kong is the most expensive destination in Asia for high-end apartment rentals and, although salaries are still high, many expats are moving to more affordable, less expat-oriented...
29 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Australia forced out of top ten expat hubs in shock survey result

After years of being placed in the top ten expat worker destinations, Australia’s star is fading fast due to the country’s excessively laid-back ambience. The latest edition of HSBC Bank’s popular Expat Explorer survey relegated Australia to 11th place as a destination for expat professionals eager to further their careers as well as enjoying the continent’s famous outdoor lifestyle. Surprisingly, respondents felt the well-known Aussie trait of ‘it’ll be all right’ is deemed unsuitable nowadays by the obsessively career...