Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

25 Feb at 3 PM 2015

Expats see rise in pension income but it remains lower than a decade ago

Retired Brits overseas are currently feeling the benefits from the pound’s strengthening, but two-thirds are not as well off as they were 10 years ago. Pension payment firm Equiniti, which deals with more than 60,000 retired Brits abroad, said that expats are currently enjoying a boost in income due to the rise of the pound, but most remain worse off than they were in the mid-noughties. The majority of the 60,000 retirees that Equinity manages pension payments for are in the Eurozone, where even though the British currency has...
20 Feb at 9 AM 2015

More students opting to study in New Zealand

The number of foreign students opting to study in New Zealand is higher than it has been for four years, according to official figures. The figures show that between January and August last year there was a 12 per cent rise to around 10,100 in student numbers compared to the same period the previous year. The numbers mean foreign students are now worth roughly NZ$2.85bn to New Zealand and have brought in NZ$83m in tuition fees – 13 per cent more than in 2013. Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce described it as...
9 Feb at 2 PM 2015

Kiwi expats educating London on haka

A group of New Zealanders in London aim to teach fellow Kiwis about the history and tradition of the haka, insisting that drunken people attempting to perform it is disrespectful. The Kiwis took to the street on the UK capital’s annual Waitangi Day in which hundreds of people partake in a pub crawl and perform hakas as a way of paying recognition to their homeland. Expat Kerrin Leoni had a message for the revellers, however, saying that they should enjoy their day but not forget the pride and integrity associated with the haka,...
22 Jan at 10 AM 2015

New Zealand expat dies on British mountain

A New Zealand expat in the UK has been found dead on a mountain after being missing for several days. Michael Flanagan, originally from Napier in New Zealand, told hotel staff in Windermere, around 130kms north of Manchester, he was going for a walk two weeks ago and never returned. Cumbria Police confirmed they had found Mr Flanagan’s body on the mountain of Helvellyn on Monday. Hotel employees said that he had spoken of his plans to climb the mountain while on holiday in the northwestern region. The New Zealander, 45, had...
28 Dec at 12 PM 2014

New Zealand ‘expat’ faces jail time in Thailand for drug possession

A New Zealand man is facing years in a Thai prison if convicted of being in possession of Class A drugs, reports from the Southeast Asian country state. Forty-one-year-old Taylor Grainger was arrested and charged after local police allegedly found him with more than two grams of cocaine and methamphetamine in the hedonistic resort of Patong on the popular resort island, Phuket. Reports also claim that Grainger had overstayed his tourist visa after they found an expired passport at his home. In addition to being a tourist hotspot,...
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...