Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

20 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Best emigration locations for LGBT expats

For would-be LGBT expats, finding the right country can be tricky, with certain destinations welcoming and tolerant and others the exact opposite. As a general rule, countries in Europe and North America are more tolerant and welcoming to LGBT expats than others where rights for this specific minority may be few or non-existent. Starting with the Netherlands, the first world state to legalise same-sex marriages, the countries below all make for a successful stay as an expat, whether you’re arriving alone or with your partner....
5 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Expats in South Korea believe nuclear threat is smoke and mirrors

As international tension caused by the war of words between Trump and Kim Jong Un escalates, expats in South Korea are still refusing to panic. The vast majority of foreign residents in South Korea’s capital Seoul are staying calm as tensions between the North and the USA escalate, with most believing they’ve heard it all before. Most believe the chance of large scale military conflict is minimal, despite Trump’s rhetoric and Kim Jon Un’s replies. Even Sunday’s massive earthquake and aftershock, caused by a hydrogen bomb...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand tops Australia as Brit expat favourite

A recent report has confirmed British expats’ long-time favourite New Zealand is now number one again, beating out Australia for the top spot. Enquiries from Britons wishing to emigrate to New Zealand have increased by a massive 83 per cent during the first six months of 2017, whilst enquiries about Australia have fallen by five per cent. It’s not just the British who are queuing up to move to the country made famous by the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, it’s American citizens fleeing the country since Donald Trump become its...
21 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Expat teachers offered serious cash bonuses to work in New Zealand

New Zealand’s education minister is renewing a previously cancelled cash bonus scheme aimed at persuading expat teachers to fill Auckland’s desperate teaching shortages. Education Minister Nicky Kaye announced the New Zealand government will invest a million dollars in total to persuade expatriate Kiwi teachers to return as well as to encourage fully trained teachers from overseas to take a chance on the country. Kiwi teachers in science and other subjects will receive cash grants of as much as $7,000, with schools recruiting the...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Surge in young professionals looking to emigrate

Relocation companies are seeing a surge in the numbers of younger professionals looking to leave their countries of birth. For several decades, demographics related to expats have shown older professionals and retirees as the two main groups looking to emigrate, but a recent survey seems to have overturned the balance. The study, undertaken by a leading relocation company, indicates it’s those between the ages of 18 and 35 years who are desperate to try a new life overseas. Inquiries by young creatives and other professionals have...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Long term expats still nostalgic about British aspects of life

However long Britons have lived overseas, there are few who won’t admit to missing certain aspects of their former lives. Emigrating can be exciting, scary and challenging as well as slightly saddening, especially if the move was planned as a permanent departure from the country of birth. However well they’ve adjusted to their new, often totally different lifestyles, for the majority of Britons there will be still things they will miss. Family and friends top the list, followed by typical British food favourites, the British sense...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Qatar fights back with 80 country visa free scheme

As the Gulf State diplomatic boycott of Qatar drags on with no apparent solution, the wealthy little emirate is fighting back. Qatar’s latest weapon against the economic damage being caused by the June 5 boycott is a new law granting visa-free entry to citizens of no less than 80 world countries. According to the head of Qatar’s Tourism Authority Hassan al Ibrahim, the scheme will place Qatar as the region’s most open country for visitors. The move, approved by citizens and expats alike, is part of an effort to build up trade...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Stay or Go is UK retiree dilemma

EU member states and Spain in particular are still on the retirement agenda for UK would-be expats. Britons coming up on retirement are still favouring European destinations in spite of the uncertainty surrounding the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations. A recent survey has revealed one in every 10 UK citizens over 50 years of age is still considering retiring abroad, with Spain topping the favourites list again. As usual, reasons for leaving include the British weather, a more relaxed lifestyle and cheaper costs of living....
9 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UK expat retirees urged to do homework before emigrating

Spain’s position as an all-time favourite retirement haven for older Brits seeking sunshine and sangria is still unrivalled, but France, Italy, Portugal and Far East destinations such as the Philippines and Thailand are still getting attention. A recent survey of Britons approaching retirement has revealed the main attractions of quitting the UK are better weather, a cheaper cost of living and a more relaxed lifestyle. In the initial excitement of planning a new life in an unfamiliar new country, it’s easy to forget realties such...
1 Aug at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand on the up as a preferred expat destination

Traditionally, New Zealand has always welcomed large numbers of expats looking to start a new life, with British expats making up a strong percentage of its annual arrival statistics. A recent analysis of the country’s immigration data has revealed a five per cent increase in arrivals for the 12 months from June 2016. Out of the total of 131,400, leaving aside the 25 per cent comprising New Zealand citizens returning from overseas, the trend in immigration is still on the up. Australia continued to be the largest source of arrivals,...