Expat New Zealand News
Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand
6 Dec at 6 PM 2013
Migrants leaving the UK for overseas jobs many never intend to return, but the final decision to stay or go may depend on whether they have a pension in their host country.
It seems that deciding to make a permanent commitment to your host county at the end of a career is easier if you have opted into a pension scheme in your overseas home. Taking this step tends to indicate that there’s enough which is good to encourage staying for the rest of your life.
The latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey indicated that, for UK citizens,...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Expats with retirement savings or nest-eggs are constantly searching for the highest returns in their investments, but estimates provided by developers can be unreliable and contradictory.
Property investment is in the genes of most expats due to the history of homes bought for little and sold for much more in their home countries in the West as well as for the success of the buy-to-let property market. However, buying property for profit in an unfamiliar country, especially if the proposed purchase is being sold off-plan, can be...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2013
International expat campaigners against the infamous ‘frozen pensions’ policy affecting many thousands of British expat retirees have been urgently requested to supply a report to government.
The urgency of the report was stressed due to the upcoming crucial parliamentary debate on the issue, with the request made following a meeting between Conservative MPs opposing the policy and the prime minister. Many thousands of Britons resident in Commonwealth and other countries are being denied inflation-linked pension increases, with...
18 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Whilst many other world countries are bemoaning the brain-drain effect of migration, New Zealand
is celebrating the fact that, for every resident who leaves permanently or dies, more migrants are arriving, thus keeping its population stable.
The changing face of a nation as a result of immigration may not be regarded as a positive development by many states nowadays, but census number-crunching in New Zealand
has revealed that, for every citizen who dies or relocates permanently, a migrant arrives to contribute to his or her new land....
15 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Visa for irrigation professionals are now being fast-tracked by New Zealand’s Immigration Department, following a severe storm last month which wrecked irrigators in South Island’s rural areas.
The deadly nor’wester hit hard across South Island’s farming region, causing millions of NZ$’s-worth of damage including rendering around 800 irrigation systems inoperable. Dairy farmers fear that, if the typical dry spring and summer follows, milk production will be severely reduced and less revenue will be brought into the isolated...
27 Sep at 6 PM 2013
In an immigration drama similar to the internationally publicised tale of the Fat Chef, a New Zealand
minister has allowed another unfortunate expat to avoid deportation.
Martyn Payne, a garage owner living and working in Kapiro, arrived in New Zealand
from the UK almost 10 years ago and soon became a pillar of his rural community for his motor repair shop and service station. Two years ago, well settled and with his children and grandchildren also living in the country, he applied for citizenship and was rejected as a potential...
25 Sep at 6 PM 2013
After a good while spent lurking at the back end of the currency pack, the pound sterling is racing back to life against major currencies, spurred on by positive economic news.
The summer slump in sterling exchange rates may have pleased exporters but it did nothing for holidaymakers and expats who saw their regular pension transfers dwindling monthly. More promising economic indices over the last several weeks have seen the British pound regain its position as the top-performing major currency over a period of six months....
16 Sep at 6 PM 2013
Thousands of Brits emigrate to warmer, more laid-back climes every year, but might just be better off staying in their home country, according to a recent survey.
The study, commissioned by the Post Office’s Expats Payment Index, revealed that the cost of living in a number of popular expat destinations has risen by up to 10 per cent in the last year. Meals out, the cost of motoring and household bills saw the largest increases.
Almost 40 per cent of those surveyed estimated their total living costs had spiked at over 10 per cent...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2013
The bizarre tale of South African Albert Buitenhuis, who spent years as a chef in New Zealand
before being threatened with deportation for being too fat, has finally ended via a 23 month reprieve.
The obese chef and his wife Marthie arrived in Christchurch six years ago and were granted visas without problems, although at that time Buitenhuis weighed 160 kilos, a not unusual weight for a chef who loves his food. Until 2013, his work permit and long-stay visa was renewed without trouble, much to the relief of his restaurant-owner...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2013
New Zealand’s new law allowing same-sex marriage came into force in August, with its supporters expecting the country’s tourism sector to benefit.
The first two gay couples who’d arranged to get married under the new law arrived from Thailand last week, but were met by immigration officers who grilled both couples about the gap in their ages and at first refused them entry to the country. Forced to fight for their visitor permits, they had to provide bank books, support letters, photographic proof of genuine relationships and...