Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

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...
23 Oct at 6 PM 2014

UAE recognition of overseas medical degrees results in more health professionals

The UAE’s new unified professional qualification requirement scheme came into force earlier this month, and has resulted in a larger pool of qualified medical professionals in Emirati hospitals. The new requirements now recognise international medical degrees from a number of countries worldwide, and are attracting experienced expat healthcare workers at all levels to UAE hospitals and clinics. Senior healthcare officials have announced that the UAE-wide laws are aimed at increasing the quality standards of those working in...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Christchurch rebuild halves emigration from New Zealand South Island

Ever since the rebuild of earthquake-devastated Christchurch began, Kiwi expats have been returning to help, with nationals who’d planned to migrate also joining in the reconstruction of their much-loved city. Migration from New Zealand’s South Island has almost halved during the past two years, with locals joining with incomers from overseas. Everyone wants to be a part of of the rebirth of a city, with experienced expat construction engineers, experts and craftsmen in the building trade all working hand in hand whatever their...
15 Sep at 6 PM 2014

Scots expats missing out on momentous independence vote

Scots living or working overseas can only watch from the sidelines as the crucial independence referendum threatens to change their home country for ever. Hundreds of thousands of expat Scots are forbidden from making their feelings known about potentially their home country's most momentous decision in several centuries. According to many, watching and holding strong views but unable to make them heard is agony. Confusion, frustration and even homesickness predominate in Scots living in England, Europe or even farther afield, all...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Run up to New Zealand election marred by racism

As New Zealand’s election campaign hots up, a disturbing new theme is emerging as at least two political parties are being accused of racist comments. In this peace-loving island country, racial tolerance has always been regarded as a cause for pride. Remarks made by the leader of the New Zealand First party’s campaign launch last Sunday have caused dismay amongst the South Pacific nation’s 4.5 million citizens. In the initial speech of his party’s campaign, Winston Peters slated the government for condoning the sale of...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Graduate Irish doctors tempted to stay by tax breaks

In a desperate move to stop the majority of Irish medical professionals leaving for better-paid jobs overseas, the government is being urged to cut an impressive tax deal with newly-graduated doctors. A detailed proposal from two Irish government departments, Finance and Health, is being closely scrutinised for inclusion in the country’s 2015 budget. The move follows the continuing migration of a huge number of doctors, nurses and other health professionals to the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The five million euro per...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Annual report shows increase in expats and tourists needing passport assistance

The number of Britons living or visiting overseas who needed passport help during 2013 rose by around eight per cent, not taking into account the huge number of people affected by the massive passport processing backlog. The passport backlog itself caused the worst crisis for the British passport office in decades, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled applications stacked in boxes awaiting processing. Waiting times of up to and over four months caused ruined holidays, missed family occasions and disrupted business trips....
28 Jul at 6 PM 2014

HMRC issues third highest QROPS mass suspension since April 2006

The 15 July official QROPS list published by the UK’s HMRC has suspended a total of 118 Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS). The mass cull is the third largest since the scheme itself was introduced in April 2006, and includes 99 Australian QROPS, one from Mauritius, 15 from India and two from Canada. The tax authority declines to explain the reasons for its decisions, but suspensions can be the result of pensions no longer qualifying for inclusion, tax abuse, single member schemes losing members or reviews of a...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Number of Britons living overseas soars to over five million

According to a report by the United Nations, well over five million British citizens have emigrated for reasons of work, retirement or general dissatisfaction with the state of their home country. Since 1990, the number of British-born migrants has increased by 23 per cent, with the majority of those leaving heading for sunnier climes. Australia is the all-time favourite destination, now home to some 1.27 million former British residents. America is the next most popular place for immigration, with 758,919 Brits in residence, and...