Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

27 Mar at 6 PM 2020

UK Foreign Office washing its hands over Brit expats trapped overseas

As country after country closes its borders and bans new arrivals, an increasing number of British expats and tourists find themselves stranded overseas and running out of funds. One MP and former Conservative cabinet member is now claiming British expats and tourists are now trapped by lockdowns in many world countries, unable to stay, unable to leave and desperately needing state aid in order to return home. MP Caroline Noakes was scathing about British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s message to stranded Brits urging them to come...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2020

New Zealand in early lockdown to avoid spike in numbers infected

New Zealand is now shut down for everything except essential services for at least four weeks. According to the country’s Prime Minister, the trajectory of victims of the virus made a shutdown the only sensible course of action. At the time of her announcement, she said, the number of cases had reached 102 and was set to rise still more unless harsh measures were taken. Her action, she believes, is crucial in the war against the virus, and will be loosened region by region should infection numbers subside. A four-week closure is...
16 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Fight to end Brit expat frozen pensions gets tougher as campaign ramps up

Brit expat retirees in Commonwealth countries to remain on frozen pensions whilst those in the EU will get uprates. As British retirees living in EU member states post-Brexit sigh with relief at the news their state pensions will be uprated, their equivalents in Commonwealth countries are being denied parity yet again. The British government’s press release on last Monday’s Commonwealth Day hit a sour note with its hollow message of a ‘common future’ coupled with its ignoring of the financial plight of retired Britons in...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in UAE sewing protective gear for rescued Oz koalas

Expat communities all across the UAE are getting together and sewing blankets and pouches on behalf of the Australian Animal Rescue Craft Guild. The Australia-based Guild is a volunteer-organised association formed to focus on animal rescue efforts, and is now mobilised in a desperate attempt to save as many species as possible from becoming extinct due to the devastating series of wildfires in south and south-western Australia. Dubai-based Kiwi expat Philly Johnson is leading the teams making mittens for koala paws, pouches for...
3 Dec at 6 PM 2019

New studies show Switzerland as world’s safest expat destination

As the political world becomes more and more unstable, expats considering relocation are concentrating on countries regarded as safe, secure and likely to stay that way. It’s not just political instability which threatens expat prospects and even their lives, as worldwide crime rates are on the upswing, terrorism is affecting countries worldwide and infectious diseases are running rampant in many areas of the planet. The risks of travel, both in the home country and overseas, are higher now than ever before, and are affecting expat...
21 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expat property investors scouring the UK for buy to let bargains

Expats on basic UK state pensions and living the simple life have been badly hurt by the slump in sterling, but their wealthier counterparts couldn’t be more pleased. Put simply, wealthy expats living and working overseas are cashing in on lower-priced buy-to-let properties in the UK. For British estate agents, the fall in the pound is a dream come true as the numbers of non-resident landlords increases month by month. At this point in time, overseas landlords make up just over one in ten of property investors, a four per cent rise...
19 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Where to now for thousands of devastated British retirees in Europe?

Will Brexit finally wreck British dreams of a retirement in the sun? By now, it’s common knowledge that the least important aspect of Brexit is the future for Britons who decided some years ago to leave the UK for a better, less pricey lifestyle. The loss of freedom of movement isn’t just bad news for holidaymakers and digital nomads, it’s mostly about the wrecking of dreams for hundreds of thousands of everyday British emigrants who made the choice based on their needs as retirement drew near. Unless a miracle happens and...
1 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Would-be Brit expats urged to check their destinations for frozen pensions

Would-be British expat retirees are being urged to check their favoured destination as to whether it’s subject to frozen UK pensions. As Brexit day approaches yet again, many Brits are finalising their plans to leave the UK to its own devices and settle down for a comfortable retirement elsewhere in the world. Many will be relying on the British state pension for their everyday needs, even although it’s now considered ungenerous at best. In the rush to leave, it’s possible a good few haven’t taken into account the harsh fact...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Spain still tops for British expat retirees hoping to escape Brexit Britain

In spite of Brexit fears, Spain is still the all-time favourite retirement destination for Britons. Yet another recent survey sees Spain topping the list of retirement favourites for Britons looking to escape the potential meltdown following a no-deal Brexit. France and Portugal were the runners up, with Turkey now in the top ten, but the USA feel to ninth place. New Zealand and Australia are still in the top ten, even although UK expats choosing either will have their British state pensions frozen on arrival. Given that the...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Thai wives of expats on Koh Samui lose millions of baht in Ponzi scam

The Thai wives of expats living on the Thailand holiday isle of Koh Samui were amongst the 200-plus victims of a Ponzi scheme started by a female gift shop owner. Totals of baht lost to the pyramid scam are reported to be over 120 million baht (approx. $3,500,000). The scheme is believed to have been started by the owner of a gift shop, a woman known only as Bew, with hundreds of local people putting in sums ranging from 10,000 baht to 500,000 baht. A few received just 30 per cent of the amount they’d put in before Bew disappeared...