Expat New Zealand News
Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand
12 May at 6 PM 2016
For decades, New Zealand
has been attracting UK expats to its shores, many drawn by its supposedly quintessential British feel, even although shocks as well as pleasant surprises can catch the unwary.
Famed for its friendly, English-speaking peoples, its stunning scenery and its superficial similarity to the UK, New Zealand
is a popular choice for working expats as well as British retirees. However, just like other emigration destinations, some aspects of Kiwi
life may well baffle or even shock new arrivals.
Without a doubt, New...
6 May at 6 PM 2016
Following a review of tax payable on pension transfers by New Zealand
's Inland Revenue, expats who’ve switched their pensions out of the UK are getting unexpected tax demands.
According to the Kiwi
tax authorities, the tax itself is not new but has been either overlooked or miscalculated by financial advisers and expats themselves. Basically, as long as pension transfers are made within four years of arrival in New Zealand
, tax does not apply, but those transferring their pensions out of time must pay penalties calculated on a...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2016
In spite of new restrictions introduced by the government in March’s budget, the expat buy to let mortgage market is seeing increased demand for its products.
Expats wishing to maintain a foothold in the British property market are now being offered a wider choice of buy to let mortgages. UK property prices are still climbing faster than the 2015 global average, making buy to let not only a source of regular income but also a good bet for capital increases.
In order to increase their market share, new guys in the game Skipton...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2016
’s innovative new retirement visa and residency permit may sound attractive, but the financial requirements are sky-high enough to deter all but the wealthy.
The stunning antipodean islands of New Zealand
have traditionally attracted expats from the UK looking for a British-style environment and friendly natives. However, the Kiwi
government has, equally traditionally, made it less than easy for older UK and other expats to settle in comfort for the rest of their lives.
The new retirement visa, a first in that category...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2016
Over half of second year medical students at Birmingham University are planning to find jobs in overseas hospitals after they graduate.
It seems the reason for the potential mass emigration of newly-qualified doctors, nurses and technicians is the new contract already responsible for strike action amongst junior doctors all over the UK. The students’ response to a question posed by a university lecturer is a warning to the government and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The controversial new contract covering the employment of junior...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2016
New entry rules announced by the British government are expected to make it tougher for New Zealanders to work and live in the UK.
would-be expats are questioning the new restrictions recently announced by the UK government, asking whether they are being treated unfairly in comparison with the benefits available to UK expats in New Zealand
. New Zealanders in the UK are being forced out of the free National Health Service system and are only allowed to stay in the UK if they earn over NZ$74,000 a year.
More than 150,000 Kiwis...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2016
A recent ruling handed down from Europe’s highest court confirms that citizens of any one EU member state who emigrate to another state will be denied social welfare benefits for a period of three months after arrival.
According to the European Court of Justice, the ruling covers a three month right-to-reside period after expat arrivals have entered with only a passport or valid ID card as identification. Member states have no means of telling whether new arrivals are able to support themselves or pay for medical treatment. The court...
20 Jun at 2 PM 2015
People planning to visit or work in New Zealand
can now fill out their visa applications online, in a move that has been viewed as a faster, more efficient way of doing things.
Students have been able to use the online system since last August, and with the most recent enhancement of the system, more and more people heading to the country can do likewise.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse described the news as “fantastic” for anyone in the world who planned to visit New Zealand
. He explained that the online visas became...
9 Jun at 9 AM 2015
The Philippines capital Manila is the 136th most livable city in the world for expats, according to the 2015 Quality of Living Rankings, which featured a total of 230 cities.
The rankings, compiled by US global human resource consulting company Mercer, listed the Austrian capital Vienna as number one, with Switzerland’s Zurich and New Zealand
’s Auckland taking up the nest two spots respectively.
Meanwhile, most cities in the same region as Manila came above it, with Singapore in 26th place, Tokyo in 44th, Hong Kong in 70th and...
21 May at 6 PM 2015
Members of the UN rights team have criticised South Korea for insisting that an expat teacher from New Zealand
had to have an HIV test prior to her teaching contract being renewed.
The woman, Lisa Griffin, was refused the chance to have her teaching contract renewed in 2009 because she said she would not undergo the test on the grounds that it was discriminatory as her Korean counterparts did not have to do the same.
The Uslan Metropolitan Office of Education, Griffin’s employers, had claimed the HIV/AIDS tests were considered as...