Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

16 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Soaring cost of living matches soaring number of Brits leaving the UK

As the cost of a comfortable life in the UK rises, it’s being matched by the number of Britons opting to live and work overseas. A combination of Brexit uncertainty, the ever-rising cost of living and potential job insecurity has led to increasing numbers of UK citizens making the decision of their lives in order to secure their futures. At the present time, Brits desperate to desert the sinking ship before it falls apart are spoilt for choice as to where to go and what to do when they get there. Whether they’re budding...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Survey rates Singapore as most expensive expat relocation

A new survey by the Economic Intelligence Unit has placed Singapore as the world’s most expensive city for the fourth year running. Expatriates already living in the pristine city state will be well aware of the ever-rising costs of an acceptable lifestyle. The survey results, released last Monday, clarified the reasons for the ranking, but also pointed out that it offers ‘relative value’ in several categories when compared with certain other countries in the same region. Asian cities seem to be taking over the ‘most expensive...
27 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat joy as China lifts ban on mould ripened Western cheese

Expats whose gastronomic pleasures were all but ruined due to China’s recent ban on mould-ripened cheeses are celebrating the lifting of the bizarre rule. The ban caused controversy across the cheese-producing world as well as distress to expat lovers of Roquefort, Camembert and other examples of the cheese-makers’ skill. The Chinese themselves, no lovers of mouldy cheese, simply didn’t care as they could still buy the local version or avoid it altogether. The ban didn’t even affect Chinese import tax totals as the quantities...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats grieve with the Thai nation on Royal cremation day

This Thursday marks the cremation of Thailand’s much-loved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled the kingdom for 70 years. The beloved monarch died last October 13, leaving the Thai nation mourning his passing and celebrating his extraordinary life spent serving his country and its people in a manner unique in Southeast Asia. Many Thais might well have been surprised at the number of expats who also mourned the death of a genuinely good man whose wide spectrum of talents included becoming an accomplished jazz musician and composer. The...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Singapore beats Norway as best world destination for expats.

For the third year running, the city state of Singapore has taken the crown as the best expat destination on the planet. The 2017 HSBC Expat Explorer survey is one of the most reliable and respected of the annual ‘best place’ expatriate studies. Singapore’s top rating isn’t a surprise, as it’s been at the head of the pack for the past two years, but Norway’s second place is an indication of how much the world expat environment is changing. Singapore’s top score was helped along by a majority of respondents’ voting...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Best emigration locations for LGBT expats

For would-be LGBT expats, finding the right country can be tricky, with certain destinations welcoming and tolerant and others the exact opposite. As a general rule, countries in Europe and North America are more tolerant and welcoming to LGBT expats than others where rights for this specific minority may be few or non-existent. Starting with the Netherlands, the first world state to legalise same-sex marriages, the countries below all make for a successful stay as an expat, whether you’re arriving alone or with your partner....
5 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Expats in South Korea believe nuclear threat is smoke and mirrors

As international tension caused by the war of words between Trump and Kim Jong Un escalates, expats in South Korea are still refusing to panic. The vast majority of foreign residents in South Korea’s capital Seoul are staying calm as tensions between the North and the USA escalate, with most believing they’ve heard it all before. Most believe the chance of large scale military conflict is minimal, despite Trump’s rhetoric and Kim Jon Un’s replies. Even Sunday’s massive earthquake and aftershock, caused by a hydrogen bomb...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand tops Australia as Brit expat favourite

A recent report has confirmed British expats’ long-time favourite New Zealand is now number one again, beating out Australia for the top spot. Enquiries from Britons wishing to emigrate to New Zealand have increased by a massive 83 per cent during the first six months of 2017, whilst enquiries about Australia have fallen by five per cent. It’s not just the British who are queuing up to move to the country made famous by the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, it’s American citizens fleeing the country since Donald Trump become its...
21 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Expat teachers offered serious cash bonuses to work in New Zealand

New Zealand’s education minister is renewing a previously cancelled cash bonus scheme aimed at persuading expat teachers to fill Auckland’s desperate teaching shortages. Education Minister Nicky Kaye announced the New Zealand government will invest a million dollars in total to persuade expatriate Kiwi teachers to return as well as to encourage fully trained teachers from overseas to take a chance on the country. Kiwi teachers in science and other subjects will receive cash grants of as much as $7,000, with schools recruiting the...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Surge in young professionals looking to emigrate

Relocation companies are seeing a surge in the numbers of younger professionals looking to leave their countries of birth. For several decades, demographics related to expats have shown older professionals and retirees as the two main groups looking to emigrate, but a recent survey seems to have overturned the balance. The study, undertaken by a leading relocation company, indicates it’s those between the ages of 18 and 35 years who are desperate to try a new life overseas. Inquiries by young creatives and other professionals have...