Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

17 Feb at 6 PM 2017

UK expat frozen pensions still under fire in Australia

In spite of many legal and political knock-backs, the fight against the British government’s stance on frozen pensions is still alive and kicking in Australia. The disgrace of frozen pensions has continued over many years, with many thousands of elderly UK long-stay expats living overseas being forced into increasing poverty by the rule. Currency fluctuations make matters worse, as a heavy fall in sterling can mean the difference between just getting by and being unable to support even the most basic lifestyle. Often, UK pensioners...
2 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Irish construction boom prompts pleas for expat workers to return home

Following its forecast of a building boom between now and 2020, the Irish Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is urging expat construction workers to return. During the 2008 financial crash, Ireland saw a mass migration of teachers, medical staff and construction workers seeking new jobs, new lives and higher wages in destinations across the world. New Zealand was a favourite for construction professionals, especially during the still-ongoing rebuild of Christchurch after the devastating earthquake in 2011. The CIF’s...
2 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Safety a priority for expat families overseas

Would-be expat professionals researching suitable countries for family life invariably put personal security and safety at the top of their requirements lists. When moving overseas to take up a new job involves taking the family along, it’s essential to consider personal safety and security as a top priority. In today’s increasingly unstable world, the task of ensuring loved ones are protected from threats of all kinds is challenging. The results of regular expat surveys such as the latest InterNations offering are made up of...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand is favourite for footloose US citizens

New Zealand’s spectacular natural beauty is tempting would-be expatriates to leave the USA and change their lives. Spurred on by Silicone Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s decision to become a Kiwi citizen after purchasing a magnificent lakeside estate, Americans who dislike the way their country seems to be heading are upping sticks and journeying to the other side of the world. The World Bank rating of New Zealand above Singapore as regards ease of doing business is another reason for the increase in enquiries, and Transparency...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Can UK expats rely on state pension to cover bills

The UK state pension is one the most ungenerous in the developed world, forcing many British retirees to relocate in order to take advantage of lower costs of living elsewhere in Europe or Asia. Taking into account that UK pensions are frozen unless the relocation is to countries whose governments have an agreement with the UK, even those who move to cheaper EU destinations can find it hard to manage due to currency fluctuations. Even so, for many expats, the UK retirement pension forms the majority of their retirement...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Vietnam scores in expat survey for salaries and lifestyle

A recent survey shows Vietnam has overtaken Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand as a popular destination for expat professionals. The most recent Expat Explorer survey’s Vietnam result may come as a surprise to many would-be expats who’ve not even considered it as a destination, but the Southeast Asian country is now ranked at 28th in the career sector. One major reason is that 80 per cent of expats on employment contracts also benefit from allowances. In the Asia group of expat destinations, Vietnam came second for its...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Community minded expats volunteer unpaid help in China

Volunteering to be of use in their local communities is the latest trend amongst long-stay expats in China’s mega-cities. Following the tradition of senior Chinese citizens’ unpaid community patrolling, expats in several Chinese cities are offering their services as well. Elderly Chinese can be seen wearing their distinctive red armbands in every mainland Chinese town and city, all keeping their eyes open for illegal activity in their local communities. Known as ‘aunties in armbands’ the actions of these caring locals in...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Expat investors warned against Uber boiler room fraud

The latest investment fraud warning to expats in New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia involves two fake companies with misleading websites. Expatriates retiring, living and working in Asia Pacific countries are the latest to be targeted by British boiler room fraudsters located in Bangkok, Manila and Cebu. According to an online investigative journalist, two websites pretending to be based in Oregon and New York are, in fact, no more than fronts for the boiler room scams. The scammers are reported as promoting the online...
24 Nov at 6 PM 2016

New Zealand drawing record number of expat professionals

Skilled workers desperate to get away from Western political chaos should check out New Zealand and its growing jobs market Given recent events in both the UK and USA, skilled workers in both countries may well be considering emigrating in order to further their careers in a secure political environment. New Zealand is already popular with expat professionals for its stability, laid-back lifestyle and stunning natural beauty, and its economy is growing at a good rate. Recruitment experts say jobs are out there for skilled workers...
15 Nov at 4 PM 2016

Spain may be US expat answer to Trump haters

As the reality of the Trump dump hits in amongst disgruntled Americans, expat media worldwide is rushing to provide info on the best ways to escape. Canada and New Zealand were the first countries to see a massive increase in hits on their immigration sites, but Spain’s expat publications weren’t far behind in giving all-you-need-to-know articles on how to become Spanish. It’s not just the Brits who’ve already discovered the charms of Spanish life, as many Americans are already settled in the Costas and Spain’s larger...