Expat New Zealand News
Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016
Since Brexit, the New Zealand
media ihas been awash with warnings of a ‘British invasion’, following a huge spike in the number of British applicants.
In an average month, New Zealand
’s immigration department gets around 3,000 registrations for information on investing, working in and relocating to its spectacularly beautiful islands. On the day the Brexit result was announced, almost 1000 would-be migrants applied and are now being sent detailed information and updates on immigration requirements.
By the 50th day after...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2016
Australia’s healthcare provisions are known to be of exceptional standard, but the ever-rising costs of treatment are a cause for concern in the country’s expat community.
The Australian healthcare system is a hybrid of public and private hospitals and clinics, seen as a cross between the USA’s expensive and fully privatised system and the British National Health Service. All residents have access to what’s on offer, but expats cannot take advantage of the various free services and must pay for everything, leaving them unable...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2016
European Union membership has ensured that retired UK citizens living in member states have their pensions annually updated, but Brexit is expected to change the rules.
The situation is now unclear, but one thing is certain in that, when the UK leaves the EU, all rights to updated pensions will be lost unless new agreements take place with each individual country. Over a million Britons who chose to leave the home country are now in limbo as regards their future state pension income.
Emigrating to an EU / EEA member state ensured...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016
Following a report in the Independent newspaper last Thursday, an increasing number of British expats involved in the postal votes scandal are calling for a second referendum.
Expats living in EU member states, the USA, Australia and across the world now have the most to lose due to the Leave campaign’s success in the ballot. The majority of those affected did not receive their postal voting forms after they’d registered, with others receiving them as late as 23 June.
Full numbers affected are as yet not known, but the...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2016
A group of Australian and New Zealander expats working in Nigeria have been kidnapped at gunpoint by militants whilst being driven to work at a mine in Cross River State near Calabar City.
One New Zealander, four Australians and two Nigerians working for Perth-based Macmahon Holdings were victims of a violent attack during which the driver of their vehicle was shot dead. The kidnappers, believed to be members of a local militant group, took all seven men hostage, but the two Nigerians managed to escape.
Reports state the vehicle...
23 Jun at 9 AM 2016
Tomorrow’s the day the long-term future of the UK is decided, with the million or more UK expats living in Australia possibly able to swing the vote to Remain.
British passport holders living in OZ are fully entitled to postal votes if they have lived overseas for less than 15 years. Australia is home to 1.2 million expat Brits, with New Zealand
accounting for another quarter of a million. Both the Remain and Leave camps have been at full stretch in the run-up to the referendum, knowing the possible size of the antipodean voter list...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2016
With global migration now at an all-time high and involving huge numbers of international professionals as well as retirees, where do they come from and where do they go?
Professional expats have many reasons for leaving the home country, with career prospects, increased salaries, an improvement in the work/life balance and the excitement of a new challenge some of the most important. A new report from the United Nations tracks the most popular destination countries and maps the home countries of the international diaspora.
8 Jun at 6 PM 2016
Due to the devastating effects of the 2008 financial crash in Ireland, many highly qualified IT specialists left for overseas jobs, and are now being enticed back as the country’s economy strengthens.
For several years after the 2008 crash decimated Ireland’s economy, qualified professionals across the board left to make new lives everywhere from Europe to Australia and New Zealand
. With the country now on a stable footing, skills shortages especially in the IT and Life Sciences sector are slowing further development in the Emerald...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2016
As Brexit’s day of reckoning inches ever closer, British expats in New Zealand
are still split on how to vote.
Always a favourite with Britons looking for the perfect retirement home or a more rewarding life-work balance, New Zealand
’s welcome to UK citizens is as warm as ever. Although a Brexit wouldn’t threaten UK expats’ right to remain in the country, it would certainly make it harder for New Zealanders to work in Europe.
Traditionally, British citizens who’ve made New Zealand
their home are still strongly attached...
28 May at 10 AM 2016
Emigrating can be an exciting lifestyle challenge for expats, but it pays to check out hidden hazards before you arrive.
Whether you’re moving overseas as part of a long-held retirement plan or taking on a new job in a challenging location, it’s best to research what’s out there as regards threats to your future or even your life. Wherever you’re going, hidden hazards unmentioned in the tourism literature can wreck even the most carefully-constructed relocation plan.
Perhaps the most important aspect of researching a new...