Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

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...
30 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Plunging pound angers Brit retirees on frozen pensions

More than half a million UK expat pensioners are suffering from the effect of the plunging pound on their frozen state pensions. UK expats living in EU member states were told in September their state pensions would still be upgraded annually as per the ‘triple lock’ rule. The agreement covers British pensioners remaining in the EU post–Brexit a well as those in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, but no mention was made and no reprieve was given to the half a million and more pensioners living overseas. For several...
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...