Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

29 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats in New Zealand react to the terrorist attack

Expats in New Zealand are grieving for their society after the tragic terrorist attack. For decades, New Zealand has been seen as a safe haven away from an increasingly troubled world, but the March 15 terrorist attack shattered the dreams of expatriates and citizens alike. The general opinion was that, due to its distance from the rest of the inhabited parts of the planet, the cold, hard reality of 21st century life would be kept at bay. Now, New Zealanders and expats alike can hardly believe the atrocity actually happened....
26 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Why are expats in the UAE reluctant to save for retirement?

The majority of expat professionals living and working in the UAE are planning to retire at around the age of 55, but few are saving enough to ensure a comfortable future. A new survey on behalf of a well-known offshore insurance company suggests less than half of expats in the UAE are saving enough to finance a long retirement either back in the home country or in another country of their choice. The survey itself was undertaken by the well-known YouGov poll, with its somewhat negative finding coming as no surprise to a good number...
18 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Kiwi expats in UAE reassert racial attacks ‘not us’

Kiwi expats in the UAE are strongly asserting the horrendous terrorist attack isn’t representative of their country. As the world grieves for the 49 dead after the horrific Christchurch terrorist attack, Kiwi expats in the UAE and across the world are heading to social media to state unequivocally the murders are not representative of their country in any way. Widd Bonney, owner of the Dubai Facebook page Kiwis in Dubai, told local media last Friday was a ‘horrible day’ not just for New Zealanders but for decent human beings all...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Canada join fight against frozen pensions

Over half a million British state pensioners live overseas in countries where their pensions are frozen. Retired Britons living in Australia, Canada and New Zealand make up a considerable number of the half -million UK expats existing on frozen state pensions in spite of the fact they’d paid National Insurance contributions for all their working lives. Oddly enough, those living in the USA have annual upgrades, as do those living in EU member states – at least until the UK’s 29th March deadline for leaving the EU. Chair of...
1 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Hong Kong crashes in survey of best Asian cites for Asian expats

All that glitters is no longer gold as Asian expats query Hong Kong liveability Once every expat’s favourite destination due to its fascinating culture, unique history and stunning lifestyle, Hong Kong is now losing its shine, especially with Asian expats. To be fair to the former British colony, a proportion of the disenchantment is being based on the effects of last year’s devastating Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful storm to hit the archipelago since records began. Although no-one was killed during the chaos, damage to...
22 Feb at 6 PM 2019

HMRC chasing expats for back taxes due on disguised remuneration loans

The British taxman is now chasing expats for back taxes due because of a rule change on disguised remuneration loans. Almost 2,000 unhappy expats have now received income tax demands related to disguised remuneration loans taken out almost 20 years ago. Some 50,000 active cases are now being investigated, with expats being sent awareness letters by HMRC in an attempt to recover around £3.2 billion in unpaid taxes. The regulator has already agreed payments totalling £1 billion in unpaid income tax and national insurance contributions...
15 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Expats fuelling population growth in New Zealand

New Zealand’s population is set to hit five million by 2020, and it’s mostly down to increasing numbers of expat arrivals. The total population of New Zealand reached 4.9 million by the end of September 2018, with the upswing continuing at the rate of one person every five minutes! According to data released by Statistics New Zealand, in the year from September 2017 to September 2018, 66 per cent of the 90,000 population increase was via migration to the country. Over the past five years, the dominant driver of population growth...
11 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are QROPS still an option post-Brexit?

Retirement – what about a post-Brexit QROPS? The freedom to choose another country for your retirement years is a romantic notion, but it’s now become far more popular due to ease of travel and a wide choice of destinations to suit all pockets. The excitement of a whole new environment is hard to resist, especially as many Western countries are mired in political chaos and instability. Sadly, for would-be British expats, Brexit is almost certain to slash their options as regards choice of a new homeland, but it’s also providing...
14 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brit expat shock as Ikea New Zealand may opt for smaller stores

Several months after the announcement that the IKEA brand was about to embrace conventional New Zealand, it seems there might not be enough customers to justify its massive store footprints! The news that Ikea was finally coming to the New Zealand outpost for disenchanted expat Brits struck fear into the hearts of husbands who’d hated the UK’s massive stores at least as much as their wives adored the chain’s iconic style and great prices. Nowadays, it seems only two locations, South Auckland and Westgate, may be able to justify...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2018

UK now cheaper for expats due to Brexit effect on sterling

A recently released new survey has revealed the UK is now one of Europe’s cheapest countries for expat workers. Expat professionals living and working in London have seen a welcome drop in the capital’s cost of living due to Brexit, with the city dropping 81 places to 127th in the latest worldwide cost of living survey. Formerly one of the world’s most expensive destinations for expatriates, London is expected to drop still further in the rankings after 29 March next year. Visitors and incoming workers from Europe will now find...