Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

13 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Can UK expats rely on state pension to cover bills

The UK state pension is one the most ungenerous in the developed world, forcing many British retirees to relocate in order to take advantage of lower costs of living elsewhere in Europe or Asia. Taking into account that UK pensions are frozen unless the relocation is to countries whose governments have an agreement with the UK, even those who move to cheaper EU destinations can find it hard to manage due to currency fluctuations. Even so, for many expats, the UK retirement pension forms the majority of their retirement...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Vietnam scores in expat survey for salaries and lifestyle

A recent survey shows Vietnam has overtaken Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand as a popular destination for expat professionals. The most recent Expat Explorer survey’s Vietnam result may come as a surprise to many would-be expats who’ve not even considered it as a destination, but the Southeast Asian country is now ranked at 28th in the career sector. One major reason is that 80 per cent of expats on employment contracts also benefit from allowances. In the Asia group of expat destinations, Vietnam came second for its...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Community minded expats volunteer unpaid help in China

Volunteering to be of use in their local communities is the latest trend amongst long-stay expats in China’s mega-cities. Following the tradition of senior Chinese citizens’ unpaid community patrolling, expats in several Chinese cities are offering their services as well. Elderly Chinese can be seen wearing their distinctive red armbands in every mainland Chinese town and city, all keeping their eyes open for illegal activity in their local communities. Known as ‘aunties in armbands’ the actions of these caring locals in...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Expat investors warned against Uber boiler room fraud

The latest investment fraud warning to expats in New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia involves two fake companies with misleading websites. Expatriates retiring, living and working in Asia Pacific countries are the latest to be targeted by British boiler room fraudsters located in Bangkok, Manila and Cebu. According to an online investigative journalist, two websites pretending to be based in Oregon and New York are, in fact, no more than fronts for the boiler room scams. The scammers are reported as promoting the online...
24 Nov at 6 PM 2016

New Zealand drawing record number of expat professionals

Skilled workers desperate to get away from Western political chaos should check out New Zealand and its growing jobs market Given recent events in both the UK and USA, skilled workers in both countries may well be considering emigrating in order to further their careers in a secure political environment. New Zealand is already popular with expat professionals for its stability, laid-back lifestyle and stunning natural beauty, and its economy is growing at a good rate. Recruitment experts say jobs are out there for skilled workers...
15 Nov at 4 PM 2016

Spain may be US expat answer to Trump haters

As the reality of the Trump dump hits in amongst disgruntled Americans, expat media worldwide is rushing to provide info on the best ways to escape. Canada and New Zealand were the first countries to see a massive increase in hits on their immigration sites, but Spain’s expat publications weren’t far behind in giving all-you-need-to-know articles on how to become Spanish. It’s not just the Brits who’ve already discovered the charms of Spanish life, as many Americans are already settled in the Costas and Spain’s larger...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2016

New phishing scam hits New Zealand during Fraud Awareness Week

In spite of endless warnings about online and offline financial fraud, it’s still a major problem across the world, with expats particularly vulnerable. Financial crime is still the most likely crime to hit ordinary people across all first-world countries, in spite of countless efforts by the media, financial authorities and police worldwide. It seems that as the warnings get louder, the crooks get smarter and more people find they’ve lost their savings. Expats, especially retirees, are at risk due to the fact they often have...
11 Nov at 6 PM 2016

New Zealand second choice for US citizens fleeing Trumpland

It’s not just Canada which is seeing a huge jump in interest as regards emigrating from the US, it’s New Zealand as well. The New Zealand Immigration website may not have actually crashed due to huge demand after Trump’s victory was announced, but its hits increased dramatically to 56,300 in the first 24 hours. The site’s daily average before last Tuesday was 2,300 visits. A second Kiwi web page, New Zealand Now, saw 70,500 hits originating from the USA over the same 24 hours. The site offers information on investing,...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Options for stunned US citizens after the Trump victory

Prior to election day itself, social media and expat forums were loaded with US citizens determined to emigrate should Trump win. Now that the hopefully impossible is stark reality, many of those who were contemplating deserting the sinking ship are now rushing for just about any lifeboat in any friendly, non-Trumped country. A quick trawl through recent surveys brings up 10 escape-hatch countries already popular with US expats. It doesn’t matter whether you’re seeking a job, thinking of a start-up or even retiring, there are a...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Trump victory could see Kiwi expats leaving the USA

Whilst the world waits with bated breath for tomorrow’s US presidential election result, Kiwi expats in New York are considering leaving should Trump win. The New Zealand expat community in New York is well-established, with many immigrants running successful businesses in Brooklyn serving both New Zealanders and Australians. The race to occupy the White House has caused friction all over the USA, with Kiwi expats feeling its effects as much as American citizens. One Kiwi restauranteur who’s been serving up favourite New...