Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

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...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2014

Britons make up one in every 20 Australians

According to the latest Australian census, the country hasn’t lost its popularity as an expat destination for disenchanted UK citizens, as 5 per cent of Oz’s total population are Britons by birth. A total of 1.1 million Brits are now living in Australia, according to the survey ,and outnumber New Zealanders, the second largest group, by more than double. The census also pinpoints immigration trends as regards location and marital status. Melbourne and Sydney are the most popular destinations for migrants, home to almost half the...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Expats love Australia but worry about discrimination

A recently-released social study has revealed that migrants recently arrived in Australia love their new lives but are experiencing racial discrimination. The survey, carried out by Monarsh University in Melbourne, found that, although the vast majority of expats are happy to be in Australia, racism does exist in some communities. Discrimination was most felt amongst New Zealanders, with 26 per cent of those surveyed stating they had been victims of racially-motivated comments. In general, migrants from Asian countries were the most...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Expat retirees forced back to UK by frozen pension scandal

British pensioners who emigrated to be with grandchildren or for health reasons are being forced to return to the UK because their pensions are frozen in their host countries. An example of the desperate decisions being taken by many elderly Brits who moved abroad to be with loved ones or to take advantage of warmer weather for their healths’ sake is a 90-year old grandmother who moved to Canada in 2001. An IT lecturer during her working life, she made the move to be close to her daughter and grandchildren who’d emigrated a few...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Kiwi dreams are tops for would be expats

With more than a million UK citizens choosing to live abroad and potentially a million more dreaming of following, New Zealand rates highly in a poll of the most desirable destinations. Recent research revealed that Britain exports as many expats as it imports immigrants, with over a million UK ex-residents celebrating global mobility by gracing migration hubs all over the world. The figure is expected to rise by over 20 per cent the next two years, with many hoping to be able to choose the traditional antipodean exit route and end up...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Chinese and Russian property investors pricing expat investors out of the market

Wealthy Chinese, Singaporean and Russian property investors are beating expat investors to the best buys in major world capitals. With more millionaires than in any country except the USA, and a rapidly expanding number of would-be migrants, it’s no surprise that nowadays the Chinese are the most sought-out property investors in the world. Around 50 million Chinese are estimated to be living outside the country, and those still in China are looking at the big picture as regards investments. Foreign investors are being offered...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2014

NZ expat construction workers exploited by bosses

A New Zealand trade union is accusing construction site bosses at the Christchurch rebuild of exploiting expat workers. First Union accuses construction site firms involved in the rebuilding of Christchurch of taking advantage of and exploiting skilled expat tradespeople. The union has revealed a catalogue of exploitation and insists that workers need protection form unscrupulous, crooked bosses. The union is urging the Earthquake Recovery Commission to ban all firms found guilty of exploitation from further work in the city....
1 Jan at 6 PM 2014

UK Electoral Commission aims to triple registrations by expat voters

The European Parliament elections in the UK are due to take place on 22 May 2014, with the Electoral Commission campaign aimed at encouraging expats in Europe to vote. Provided they are registered as overseas voters, have not been out of the UK for more than 15 years and are not registered to vote in the member state where they are domiciled, expats are entitled to vote. However, only a relatively small percentage are actually registered to do so in the UK. According to Rosemary Davenport, speaking for the Electoral Commission,...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2013

New Zealand Immigration under fire for Stasi tactics

Whether a worrying indication of the global police state or a bad hair day for an immigration officer, the ‘goings on’ at Kiwi immigration checkpoints are hitting international media outlets. It all started when a New Zealand citizen returning from London with his fiancée was detained at the airport and forced to hand over his iPad, smartphones, external hard drive and laptop. Immigration also demanded his passwords in order to access the content of his IT equipment. The 27-year old graduate in online copyright infringement...