Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

17 Dec at 9 AM 2014

Auckland among most expensive Asia Pacific cities for expats to live

New Zealand’s biggest city Auckland has moved ahead of the Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to become the Asia Pacific region’s 16th most expensive city to live in, revealed an ECA International Survey. The city moved up from last year’s position of 54th most expensive city in the world to live in to 36th this time out. The South Korean capital Seoul moved above Tokyo to become the region’s most expensive and is now the 10th costliest globally. The authors of the report explained that cots in New Zealand...
3 Dec at 4 PM 2014

New Zealand’s Kea expat network reaches 500,000

A global network designed for New Zealanders living overseas has hit the half-million-member mark. Kea, which was launched in 2001 by Professor David Teece and The Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall on the back of the Knowledge Wave conference, connects New Zealand businesses with Kiwis living around the world. Among those permitted to sign up to the network are ‘Friends of New Zealand’, people who are not from the country but have a vested interest or are connected in some way to it. The group’s global chief executive,...
28 Nov at 3 PM 2014

Job prospects in Australia fading for Kiwis

The number of New Zealanders heading to Australia in the search of work before heading home unsuccessful is on the rise. The Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett said hundreds of expat Kiwis have made the journey but returned to their homeland upon discovering that the prospect of work has faded dramatically in recent times. Barnett, who was in the Western Australia city of Perth at the weekend to attend its first jobs fair, said that thousands of people visited his stall to enquire about employment...
23 Nov at 2 PM 2014

Expat Book: Lisa Sadleir and Moving to Spain With Children

We're thrilled to announce that Lisa Sadlier, winner of our Education and Integration Schools blogging competition, has just had her first book published. Congrats Lisa! So if you are thinking about moving to Spain with with your kids, check out "Moving to Spain with children" and, once you're there, start blogging and join our thriving community! <h3>Moving to Spain with Children, by Lisa Sadleir.</h3> If you search online you will find a multitude of books about Spain; books set in spain; books about: moving...
13 Nov at 2 PM 2014

Taiwan best place for expat healthcare

Taiwan has been named the number one country in the world for expats in terms of having the cheapest and best medical facilities, according to a new survey. The research showed that almost seven in 10 expats in the east Asian country said healthcare costs them less than it did before they moved there - in comparison to the global average of three in 10. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds of expats in the country said the healthcare there was better than it was in their homeland, compared to the global average of just under four in 10. The...
13 Nov at 9 AM 2014

British expats described as unsociable

British expats do not properly integrate after emigrating, according to a new survey, which says they prefer to stick to their own social groups. British expats living in United Arab Emirates and African countries are the least integrated, said the study, which was conducted by global relocation specialist Robinsons. The survey showed that almost a third of respondents, 27 per cent, said that their friends were “mainly British”, while 10 per cent described their social group as “exclusively British”. At the opposite end of the...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Expats find the girl of their dreams after moving overseas

Finding the perfect love match is now an officially-confirmed reason for migration to a far-off land, as many expats find once they’ve taken the plunge. One light-hearted result of this year’s HSBC Expat Explorer survey of over 9,000 expats settled all over the world is that many found the love of their life after leaving the UK. An average of 36 per cent of those surveyed admitted that they’d fallen for a local girl. Top of the tree for suitable partners was romantic Italy, with 57 per cent of respondents cohabiting happily...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Hidden financial and legal hurdles cause most expat stress

A recently released survey warns that would-be expats seeking a new life overseas should watch out for hidden hurdles such as tax and currency issues or unfamiliar legalities. Up to 400,000 Brits emigrate every year, with most citing a more relaxed lifestyle as a major reason for their life-changing decision. However, the survey revealed that it’s not the most alien destinations as regards language and culture which cause the most stress – it’s mostly all-time favourite English-speaking countries such as Australia and the...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2014

How to avoid the fees and frustrations of conventional currency exchange

One of the most trying aspects of living overseas is currency transfer between your home country or offshore bank account and your account in your host country. Whether you’re retiring overseas, working for a company which pays salaries from the UK, freelancing, or just touring around the places you’ve always wanted to see before you make a decision about permanent residence, the stress and expense of currency transactions is often a negative experience. However, new technologies and several innovative start-ups are about to...
23 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Expats in New Zealand falling foul of cold calling and overseas investment scams

Following on from reports of vastly increased numbers of financial scams in Europe, the Gulf States and Asia, today’s warning to citizens and expats by the Kiwi Financial Markets Authority (FMA) comes as no big surprise. Expats across the world are now being ripped off via an unprecedented number of financial fraudsters lurking in expat communities. The majority of those targeted are older expats and retirees, and pension pots and life savings are more at risk than ever before. The FMA’s action comes as a result of an...