Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Data debunks myth of Spain as elderly expat retirement haven

Contrary to the widely-held belief that Brit expat communities in Europe mostly contain retirees, statistics suggest two-thirds of UK expatriates are below retirement age. Recently-released data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics shows 66 per cent of the estimated 784,900 Britons living in Europe are between the ages of 64 and 15, with more living in Spain than in any other EU member state. In addition, the data shows Spain is home to 293,500 long-term British expatriates, and the UK has fewer emigrants living In Europe...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Brit ambassador faces furious expats at Paris Brexit meet

Angry British expats based in Paris gave British Ambassador Edward Llewellyn a hard time during a scheduled Brexit meetup. The meeting was intended as an update on the progress of Brexit negotiations as regards UK expats’ rights, but an audience of furious British citizens had other ideas. In the 18th century British Embassy building, chaos reigned for a full two hours as Brits had their say, shouted and heckled over the content of the Ambassador’s carefully-prepared speech emphasising ‘considerable progress’ in the...
9 Apr at 6 PM 2018

US expats torn between distancing and joining political protests

As US political tensions escalate, American expats are split between watching from a safe distance and advocating support for a common sense solution to the Trump presidency. Caught between feelings of guilt for missing out on the USA’s developing protest movements and relief they’re not affected by the continuing chaos in their home country, expat Americans are doing what they can on the international protest stage but are worried about the Trump effect on their families and friends. Unable to cut their emotional ties to...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Survey suggests moving overseas increases expat happiness

Research is backing up the well-known fact that life overseas is happier than in the home country for an impressive number of expats. Given that the majority of non-work related expatriations are the result of unhappiness caused by unwelcome changes in the birth country lifestyle, it’s no surprise that just under half of respondents to a recent survey are happier than they were in their home countries. Unhappiness with the way in which a comfortably familiar land is changing as well as with the political reasons behind the changes is...
23 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Doctors quitting the NHS for early retirement and emigration

Doctors in the UK are retiring early due to strict pension savings rules and an overload of work. As thousands of EU nationals leave their NHS jobs for fear of their post-Brexit status, the worse news is that increasing numbers of their colleagues are retiring early and emigrating. Some 5,000 experienced medical practitioners a year are now heading to an expatriate life, whether for retirement or to take on new positions in a less challenging and more rewarding heathcare environment overseas. The current state of the NHS and the...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Cambodia deports seven out of ten arrested for pornography and sexy dancing

After having been released on bail, seven of the ten young expats accused of ‘pornographic dancing and producing lewd pictures have now been deported. According to a Siem Reap court official, seven of the ten young expats arrested after police raided a private party have now been deported after they were released on bail. All deny accusations of producing pornographic pictures, although the charges against the seven deportees have not yet been dropped. Prior to their deportation, a local prosecutor stated the party’s organisers had...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Expats face prison in Cambodia for suggestive dance routine

Ten Westerners are at present in police custody in Cambodia for sexy dancing at a pool party. The party took place in Siem Reap, a popular visitor destination due to its location close by Angkor Wat, and was attended by around 100 expats and tourists. The event was in full swing when at least 30 Cambodian police suddenly arrived and began taking partygoers into custody. Some 70 people were arrested along with the ten organisers of the party, with the majority being sent to the country’s Commission of Education before being released....
26 Jan at 6 PM 2018

UAE now expat hub for thousands of millionaires

Due to the arrival as expats of a huge number of millionaires, the UAE is now amongst the top residential destinations for the super-rich. As of last year, the United Arab Emirates was placed in the top ten world countries with the largest number of millionaire residents. High net worth individuals flocked to the emirates, buying up luxury homes and living the famous Gulf State lifestyles. An estimated 5,000 of the planet’s mega-rich holding at least a million dollars migrated to the UAE, the third-highest total amongst the countries...
22 Dec at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand immigration demographics heading for shake up

For decades, New Zealand has been a favourite expat destination, with Britons and Australians making up a high proportion of new arrivals. New Zealand has always been a popular destination for UK citizens looking to retire, start businesses or enjoy a better quality of life, with Australian migrants making up the numbers on a regular basis. A new wave of British migrants arrived following the disastrous Christchurch earthquake after the government sent out urgent calls for construction professionals to take part in the devastated...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Brit householders in New Zealand falling foul of extortionate lease payments

British expats living in Waitara NZ properties built on leased land are facing financial hardship and the possible loss of their homes due to a massive land lease price hike. Waitara is home to a number of British expats who’ve purchased homes on leased land as part of their plan to stay long-term in New Zealand. Leases in the area run for 21 years with an average charge of around $400 a year, but recent massive increases of over 1000 per cent have hit hard on householders and caused consternation in the local expat community. The...