Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

27 Apr at 4 PM 2015

New Zealand issues increasing number of visas

New Zealand is becoming more and more popular with expats from all over the world, with the most recent data showing a rise in the number of work, visitor and student visas issued. Visitor arrivals to the country hit a record high for March, a rise of 15 per cent on the same month last year and eight per cent greater than in 2013, according to the statistics. The Cricket World Cup coupled with an earlier Easter were the main reasons for such a large increase, noted the manager of New Zealand Statistics, Vina Cullum. The yearly net...
8 Apr at 9 AM 2015

A New Zealander’s view of Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand is one of the greatest places to be an expat according to Iona Proebst, the Executive Director of The Branch Foundation, a charity focusing on providing renewable energy, education and income generation for marginalised communities in South-East Asia. With the city’s colourful and vibrant life, there are always surprises to be had. Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second biggest city, boasts great food and drinking venues at very low prices with meals starting at only NZD$1 and a beer at around NZD$2. Not only does...
26 Mar at 12 PM 2015

Neglected paperwork could result in expats losing their state pension

Pensioners from the UK who live abroad need to keep up to date with their paperwork or they will risk losing their state pension. Expats over the age of 75 regularly receive forms sent by the Department of Work and Pensions, requesting proof that they are still alive. They only have nine months to complete these forms and return them. If the deadline is missed then the government cuts off their pensions as they are assumed to have passed away. In December 2013, these forms were introduced to prevent people from fraudulently trying to...
25 Mar at 3 PM 2015

Dual citizenship to be granted to Sri Lankan expatriates

A minister from the government said that, from Monday 23rd March, expatriate Sri Lankans would be able gain dual citizenship due to a new administrative procedure. Those able to take advantage of the new procedure will be those who have emigrated to Canada, the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, France and Switzerland. On Monday, John Amaratunga , the Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs, said there would be a Rs. 50,000 – 250,000 fee for the application procedure. Those wanting to be...
18 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Spending Power Decreases for Expat Pensioners

According to a recent survey, two thirds of pensioners are now less financially well off compared to ten years ago. Equiniti, a pension payments firm, have looked into how pensions being paid in Sterling compare to other currencies. With the majority of the firm’s 60,000 clients living in the Eurozone, this is bad news although the growing pound enables people to enjoy a higher exchange rate in other countries. Over the past year, the pound has increased 10 per cent in value against the euro, yet the pensioners are worse off...
8 Mar at 4 PM 2015

New Zealand expat dies diving in Australia

A 19-year-old New Zealand man has died while diving in Australia after attempting a 30-metre free dive off Queensland’s Moreton Island. The man, who has been identified as Sam Brown, had been on a diving trip with three friends when the accident occurred at around 7:30am on Saturday morning. It has been reported that he left New Zealand for Australia’s Gold Coast with his parents and two brothers in 2007. His mother, Maree Hutton, said that he had developed a passion for free diving and spear fishing since moving to Australia,...
27 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Nutmeg may offer expats its new pension scheme

After launching an online pension, investment manager Nutmeg has said it may consider offering it to expats living in certain jurisdictions. At present, the new initiative is only targeting UK-based people, but the firm has admitted it is open to the idea of making it available to expats in popular locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Luxembourg among other countries as well as the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. However, anyone living in the US will not be considered because of the Foreign Account...
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,...