Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

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...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Spain wins out as top destination for expat Brits

It’s survey time again, with Spain now voted the top dream destination for British expats. According to a new poll carried out in the UK, Spain is still the all-time favourite destination for Britons looking to improve their quality of life at less cost than in the UK. The study’s question was straightforward, asking respondents where they’d move if they could choose one country anywhere on the planet. Spain was one option, pitted against Dubai, Canada, New Zealand and Australia as well as other British expat hideaways, but...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Brit expat retirees advised to choose countries with UK state pension uprates

Britons looking to retire overseas using their state pension are forced to choose their destinations carefully. Since the failure in government of a good number of attempts to deal with the scandal of frozen UK state pensions in major retirement hubs worldwide, would-be British expatriate retirees are having to continue choosing their destinations carefully. For many, the decision to retire overseas on the state pension is based on the ever-rising costs of staying in the home country, but those who take the chance of losing their...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Kiwi female expat in Hong Kong determined to keep protesting

A female expat from New Zealand is in the front line of the massive Hong Kong protests as she feels Kiwis are especially at risk from the proposed extradition law. Tarsh Smyth has been living and working as an English teacher in Hong Kong for the past year, and decided to join in the protest as she feels New Zealanders may be at more risk from the new law than expatriates from other world countries. The controversial law, at present being debated in Hong Kong’s parliament, would allow the government to extradite expats as well as...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2019

New SA expat tax law sparks expat professional exodus

South Africa’s new tax laws are forcing expats to cut financial ties with the home country. Reports that financial emigration has risen by 30 per cent in the past two years have confirmed the effect on high earning South African expats of the new tax rules about to be brought in. From March next year, South African expats working overseas will pay up to 45 per cent tax on annual earnings of over one million rand. The first announcements of the upcoming change started the financial exodus as South African expat professionals rushed...