Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

15 Sep at 6 PM 2014

Scots expats missing out on momentous independence vote

Scots living or working overseas can only watch from the sidelines as the crucial independence referendum threatens to change their home country for ever. Hundreds of thousands of expat Scots are forbidden from making their feelings known about potentially their home country's most momentous decision in several centuries. According to many, watching and holding strong views but unable to make them heard is agony. Confusion, frustration and even homesickness predominate in Scots living in England, Europe or even farther afield, all...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Run up to New Zealand election marred by racism

As New Zealand’s election campaign hots up, a disturbing new theme is emerging as at least two political parties are being accused of racist comments. In this peace-loving island country, racial tolerance has always been regarded as a cause for pride. Remarks made by the leader of the New Zealand First party’s campaign launch last Sunday have caused dismay amongst the South Pacific nation’s 4.5 million citizens. In the initial speech of his party’s campaign, Winston Peters slated the government for condoning the sale of...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Graduate Irish doctors tempted to stay by tax breaks

In a desperate move to stop the majority of Irish medical professionals leaving for better-paid jobs overseas, the government is being urged to cut an impressive tax deal with newly-graduated doctors. A detailed proposal from two Irish government departments, Finance and Health, is being closely scrutinised for inclusion in the country’s 2015 budget. The move follows the continuing migration of a huge number of doctors, nurses and other health professionals to the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The five million euro per...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Annual report shows increase in expats and tourists needing passport assistance

The number of Britons living or visiting overseas who needed passport help during 2013 rose by around eight per cent, not taking into account the huge number of people affected by the massive passport processing backlog. The passport backlog itself caused the worst crisis for the British passport office in decades, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled applications stacked in boxes awaiting processing. Waiting times of up to and over four months caused ruined holidays, missed family occasions and disrupted business trips....
28 Jul at 6 PM 2014

HMRC issues third highest QROPS mass suspension since April 2006

The 15 July official QROPS list published by the UK’s HMRC has suspended a total of 118 Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS). The mass cull is the third largest since the scheme itself was introduced in April 2006, and includes 99 Australian QROPS, one from Mauritius, 15 from India and two from Canada. The tax authority declines to explain the reasons for its decisions, but suspensions can be the result of pensions no longer qualifying for inclusion, tax abuse, single member schemes losing members or reviews of a...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Number of Britons living overseas soars to over five million

According to a report by the United Nations, well over five million British citizens have emigrated for reasons of work, retirement or general dissatisfaction with the state of their home country. Since 1990, the number of British-born migrants has increased by 23 per cent, with the majority of those leaving heading for sunnier climes. Australia is the all-time favourite destination, now home to some 1.27 million former British residents. America is the next most popular place for immigration, with 758,919 Brits in residence, and...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2014

NZ immigration surge likely to cause soaring real estate prices

As the popularity of New Zealand as an expat destination soars, fears of increasing upward pressure on the country’s real estate prices are emerging. The recent excess of immigrants to New Zealand against the fast-falling number of migrants is putting pressure on the already-stressed Kiwi housing market, with professionals in the field expecting a further 12 per cent rise in house prices by the end of 2015. Net inflow of immigrants is expected to rise to 45,000 by December this year. A similar boom in net migration last year...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Overseas retirement havens too expensive for UK expats

Retiring overseas has been the dream of many UK citizens, worked for and saved for over many years, but inflation in favourite destinations is now killing the reality for many. Experts are reporting that buying a property overseas and living the good life in retirement is no longer possible for the average British couple due to rapid rises in the cost of living abroad. Specialist relocation companies are now branding expat life as a luxury rather than an affordable reward for a lifetime’s work. The majority of favourite European...
29 May at 6 PM 2014

Fijian deportee from New Zealand dies from kidney failure

A Fijian immigrant living in Auckland, New Zealand until he was deported due to his medical condition has died in a Fiji hospital. Sanil Kumar had emigrated to New Zealand on a work visa before he fell ill with kidney failure, and had been on dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant for some time when he was deported. A suitable family member donor had been found and the sick man’s community had been raising money to enable the transplant to take place in an Auckland hospital. Labour MP Dr Rajen Prasad, a supporter of Kumar’s...
23 May at 6 PM 2014

How to get the best overseas property bang for your buck

When you’re considering emigrating or investing your pension pot in overseas property, it’s difficult to decide which country gives the best value and the best chance of long-term returns. A recent world survey by the Organisation for Economic co-operation and Development, (OECD) offers information on property prices in most popular locations, linked to the economic prospects of your chosen country. The report also identifies regions in which real estate is overpriced. Unsurprisingly, property in the UK and the majority of EU...