Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

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...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2014

NZ immigration surge likely to cause soaring real estate prices

As the popularity of New Zealand as an expat destination soars, fears of increasing upward pressure on the country’s real estate prices are emerging. The recent excess of immigrants to New Zealand against the fast-falling number of migrants is putting pressure on the already-stressed Kiwi housing market, with professionals in the field expecting a further 12 per cent rise in house prices by the end of 2015. Net inflow of immigrants is expected to rise to 45,000 by December this year. A similar boom in net migration last year...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Overseas retirement havens too expensive for UK expats

Retiring overseas has been the dream of many UK citizens, worked for and saved for over many years, but inflation in favourite destinations is now killing the reality for many. Experts are reporting that buying a property overseas and living the good life in retirement is no longer possible for the average British couple due to rapid rises in the cost of living abroad. Specialist relocation companies are now branding expat life as a luxury rather than an affordable reward for a lifetime’s work. The majority of favourite European...
29 May at 6 PM 2014

Fijian deportee from New Zealand dies from kidney failure

A Fijian immigrant living in Auckland, New Zealand until he was deported due to his medical condition has died in a Fiji hospital. Sanil Kumar had emigrated to New Zealand on a work visa before he fell ill with kidney failure, and had been on dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant for some time when he was deported. A suitable family member donor had been found and the sick man’s community had been raising money to enable the transplant to take place in an Auckland hospital. Labour MP Dr Rajen Prasad, a supporter of Kumar’s...
23 May at 6 PM 2014

How to get the best overseas property bang for your buck

When you’re considering emigrating or investing your pension pot in overseas property, it’s difficult to decide which country gives the best value and the best chance of long-term returns. A recent world survey by the Organisation for Economic co-operation and Development, (OECD) offers information on property prices in most popular locations, linked to the economic prospects of your chosen country. The report also identifies regions in which real estate is overpriced. Unsurprisingly, property in the UK and the majority of EU...
19 May at 6 PM 2014

Survey shows modern technology aids expat quality of life

A recent survey has shown that a majority of British expats working and living overseas take full advantage of modern technology to improve their work/life balance. NatWest Bank’s Quality of Life survey included UK expats in a number of countries such as the USA, Hong Kong, Canada, the Antipodes, China, South Africa and the UAE. Of those surveyed, 94 per cent confirmed that their workplace efficiency had been improved by recent technological advances. Increased mobility in their working lives as a result of improved IT was...
15 May at 6 PM 2014

New Zealand family split apart by immigration ruling over sick daughter

A ruling by New Zealand’s immigration department is about to split up an immigrant family with full citizenship as the eldest daughter still living in Fiji has been refused a family visa due to her heart condition. Archana Arishma Kumar, still living in the former family home in Fiji, has a congenital heart condition and has been surviving on her own as her family are now citizens of New Zealand living in New Plymouth. Arishma was allowed to stay with her family during her younger years and went to school in New Plymouth on a...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2014

Innovative graph shows global migrant flow over 20 years

Researchers have published a graph showing the migrant pattern between countries over the last 20 years. Many believe the 21st century to be the century of migration, with surveys suggesting that more people than ever before are keen to try for a new life outside their country of birth. However, a new and innovative graph has demonstrated that .6 of the total world population migrated to another country every five years during the past two decades. The authors of the graph, researchers Guy Abel and Nikola Sander of Vienna’s...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2014

Strong pound boosts expat spending power in South Africa, Turkey and Thailand

As the pound strengthens along with the recovery in the UK, a newly-introduced online currency index will help travellers and expats to select the countries with the most favourable rates. Fluctuating currency rates are an endless worry for most expats on UK pensions or with investments paying interest in sterling. Over the last year, the winners have been those living in South Africa, Turkey and Thailand, with the strong pound and weakness of local currencies granting them between 20 and 30 per cent more spending power. In...
9 Apr at 6 PM 2014

New Zealand emigration spurred by feelings of inequality

The high rate of migration amongst New Zealand citizens is now being put down to a feeling of inequality due to financial insecurity. The need to start again in another country may well be driven by a lack of opportunity at home, but is also the result of a feeling of inequality and exclusion caused by comparative poverty. The OECD recently issued an alarming warning to governments, urging them to take immediate action to control social divisions and inequality. Emigration from New Zealand, often to Australia, has historically...