Expat New Zealand News
Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand
3 Mar at 6 PM 2014
British pensioners who emigrated to be with grandchildren or for health reasons are being forced to return to the UK because their pensions are frozen in their host countries.
An example of the desperate decisions being taken by many elderly Brits who moved abroad to be with loved ones or to take advantage of warmer weather for their healths’ sake is a 90-year old grandmother who moved to Canada in 2001. An IT lecturer during her working life, she made the move to be close to her daughter and grandchildren who’d emigrated a few...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2014
With more than a million UK citizens choosing to live abroad and potentially a million more dreaming of following, New Zealand
rates highly in a poll of the most desirable destinations.
Recent research revealed that Britain exports as many expats as it imports immigrants, with over a million UK ex-residents celebrating global mobility by gracing migration hubs all over the world. The figure is expected to rise by over 20 per cent the next two years, with many hoping to be able to choose the traditional antipodean exit route and end up...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2014
Wealthy Chinese, Singaporean and Russian property investors are beating expat investors to the best buys in major world capitals.
With more millionaires than in any country except the USA, and a rapidly expanding number of would-be migrants, it’s no surprise that nowadays the Chinese are the most sought-out property investors in the world. Around 50 million Chinese are estimated to be living outside the country, and those still in China are looking at the big picture as regards investments.
Foreign investors are being offered...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2014
A New Zealand
trade union is accusing construction site bosses at the Christchurch rebuild of exploiting expat workers.
First Union accuses construction site firms involved in the rebuilding of Christchurch of taking advantage of and exploiting skilled expat tradespeople. The union has revealed a catalogue of exploitation and insists that workers need protection form unscrupulous, crooked bosses.
The union is urging the Earthquake Recovery Commission to ban all firms found guilty of exploitation from further work in the city....
1 Jan at 6 PM 2014
The European Parliament elections in the UK are due to take place on 22 May 2014, with the Electoral Commission campaign aimed at encouraging expats in Europe to vote.
Provided they are registered as overseas voters, have not been out of the UK for more than 15 years and are not registered to vote in the member state where they are domiciled, expats are entitled to vote. However, only a relatively small percentage are actually registered to do so in the UK.
According to Rosemary Davenport, speaking for the Electoral Commission,...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2013
Whether a worrying indication of the global police state or a bad hair day for an immigration officer, the ‘goings on’ at Kiwi
immigration checkpoints are hitting international media outlets.
It all started when a New Zealand
citizen returning from London with his fiancée was detained at the airport and forced to hand over his iPad, smartphones, external hard drive and laptop. Immigration also demanded his passwords in order to access the content of his IT equipment.
The 27-year old graduate in online copyright infringement...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2013
More than 300 Guernsey pension plans which lost QROPS status when HM Revenue and Custom changed the tax laws may soon be back in business.
The suspended Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pensions lost their status as a result of offering different tax incentives to expats who were non-resident. The State of Guernsey is now gearing up to approve changes in the Channel Islands tax regime which will allow an application to be made for reinstatement pf the suspended QROPS.
The tax changes proposed will bring QROPS tax incentives into line...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2013
Migrants leaving the UK for overseas jobs many never intend to return, but the final decision to stay or go may depend on whether they have a pension in their host country.
It seems that deciding to make a permanent commitment to your host county at the end of a career is easier if you have opted into a pension scheme in your overseas home. Taking this step tends to indicate that there’s enough which is good to encourage staying for the rest of your life.
The latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey indicated that, for UK citizens,...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Expats with retirement savings or nest-eggs are constantly searching for the highest returns in their investments, but estimates provided by developers can be unreliable and contradictory.
Property investment is in the genes of most expats due to the history of homes bought for little and sold for much more in their home countries in the West as well as for the success of the buy-to-let property market. However, buying property for profit in an unfamiliar country, especially if the proposed purchase is being sold off-plan, can be...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2013
International expat campaigners against the infamous ‘frozen pensions’ policy affecting many thousands of British expat retirees have been urgently requested to supply a report to government.
The urgency of the report was stressed due to the upcoming crucial parliamentary debate on the issue, with the request made following a meeting between Conservative MPs opposing the policy and the prime minister. Many thousands of Britons resident in Commonwealth and other countries are being denied inflation-linked pension increases, with...