Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

8 Sep at 6 PM 2016

How to enjoy expat life by working fewer hours

Expat lifestyle surveys aren’t just about how much money is earned, where’s the surest destination for fast career advancement and what’s best for families, they’re also about spending as little time as possible in the office. Expat networking website InterNations’ latest survey is hitting the headlines by identifying the top relocation destinations for those wanting to work as few hours as is possible. Spending as little time as possible in the office allows more time to be spent enjoying your new country, even although the...
31 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Survey reveals Kiwis more welcoming than Aussies

Annual surveys such as the latest version from InterNations are useful in helping would-be expats decide on a destination, but can come up with surprising facts. Most foreigners looking for an overseas place to call home tend towards bracketing Australia and New Zealand together, but the InterNations survey reveals there are distinct differences between the two cultures. Ranked according to quality of life, working overseas, family life, ease of settling in and personal finance, New Zealand was considered the fifth best expat...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

New Zealand sees post Brexit rush for immigration info

Since Brexit, the New Zealand media ihas been awash with warnings of a ‘British invasion’, following a huge spike in the number of British applicants. In an average month, New Zealand’s immigration department gets around 3,000 registrations for information on investing, working in and relocating to its spectacularly beautiful islands. On the day the Brexit result was announced, almost 1000 would-be migrants applied and are now being sent detailed information and updates on immigration requirements. By the 50th day after...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Rising costs of Australian healthcare spell problems for expats

Australia’s healthcare provisions are known to be of exceptional standard, but the ever-rising costs of treatment are a cause for concern in the country’s expat community. The Australian healthcare system is a hybrid of public and private hospitals and clinics, seen as a cross between the USA’s expensive and fully privatised system and the British National Health Service. All residents have access to what’s on offer, but expats cannot take advantage of the various free services and must pay for everything, leaving them unable...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2016

How will Brexit affect UK expat state pensioners

European Union membership has ensured that retired UK citizens living in member states have their pensions annually updated, but Brexit is expected to change the rules. The situation is now unclear, but one thing is certain in that, when the UK leaves the EU, all rights to updated pensions will be lost unless new agreements take place with each individual country. Over a million Britons who chose to leave the home country are now in limbo as regards their future state pension income. Emigrating to an EU / EEA member state ensured...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Postal voting scandal ignites worldwide expat fury

Following a report in the Independent newspaper last Thursday, an increasing number of British expats involved in the postal votes scandal are calling for a second referendum. Expats living in EU member states, the USA, Australia and across the world now have the most to lose due to the Leave campaign’s success in the ballot. The majority of those affected did not receive their postal voting forms after they’d registered, with others receiving them as late as 23 June. Full numbers affected are as yet not known, but the...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Oz and Kiwi expats kidnapped in Nigeria

A group of Australian and New Zealander expats working in Nigeria have been kidnapped at gunpoint by militants whilst being driven to work at a mine in Cross River State near Calabar City. One New Zealander, four Australians and two Nigerians working for Perth-based Macmahon Holdings were victims of a violent attack during which the driver of their vehicle was shot dead. The kidnappers, believed to be members of a local militant group, took all seven men hostage, but the two Nigerians managed to escape. Reports state the vehicle...
23 Jun at 9 AM 2016

Could votes by UK expats in Oz swing the referendum

Tomorrow’s the day the long-term future of the UK is decided, with the million or more UK expats living in Australia possibly able to swing the vote to Remain. British passport holders living in OZ are fully entitled to postal votes if they have lived overseas for less than 15 years. Australia is home to 1.2 million expat Brits, with New Zealand accounting for another quarter of a million. Both the Remain and Leave camps have been at full stretch in the run-up to the referendum, knowing the possible size of the antipodean voter list...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat favourites in this global migration century

With global migration now at an all-time high and involving huge numbers of international professionals as well as retirees, where do they come from and where do they go? Professional expats have many reasons for leaving the home country, with career prospects, increased salaries, an improvement in the work/life balance and the excitement of a new challenge some of the most important. A new report from the United Nations tracks the most popular destination countries and maps the home countries of the international diaspora. The...
8 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Ireland launches campaign encouraging expats to return

Due to the devastating effects of the 2008 financial crash in Ireland, many highly qualified IT specialists left for overseas jobs, and are now being enticed back as the country’s economy strengthens. For several years after the 2008 crash decimated Ireland’s economy, qualified professionals across the board left to make new lives everywhere from Europe to Australia and New Zealand. With the country now on a stable footing, skills shortages especially in the IT and Life Sciences sector are slowing further development in the Emerald...