Expat New Zealand News

Latest 10 news items tagged New Zealand

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...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Irish skills shortage prompts calls for expats to return home

Due to its present-day booming economy, Ireland is now short of skilled workers in a number of sectors. Irish recruitment agencies are having a hard time filling vacancies in the IT, construction, healthcare and financial sectors due to high levels of professionals leaving the country during the economic downturn after the 2008 financial crash. Estimates show around 100,000 Irish nationals emigrated to Australia during that time, with Canada, the USA and New Zealand also receiving a huge influx. Although statistics for 2017 show more...
8 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expat boy invents new international Wolfenoot holiday

A South African expat mom’s seven-year old son has invented a brand new international holiday. South African author Jax Goss, now living with her seven-year old son in New Zealand, has cause to be extremely proud of her dog-loving boy as he’s invented a new international holiday. Wolfenoot is a one-day festival especially for dog-lovers the world over, and has gone viral since she posted his idea online. The holiday celebrates the ‘spirit of the wolf’ and is aimed at global dog owners and dog lovers. It’s already been...
3 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expat houseboat owners in Discovery Bay given three months notice

Enterprising expat professionals who’ve found a way to minimise their rental costs in Hong Kong are now being evicted. The marina in Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay is packed out with houseboats, many of which are owned by members of the city’s expat community. Around 180 families live on the water, saving money on Hong Kong’s sky-high rental charges and enjoying a unique way of life. Sadly, it’ll be over soon, as all have received totally unexpected eviction notices, informing them the Discovery Bay Marina Club will be closed...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2018

New Zealand Weetabix Wars break out again in court

For the second time, a Kiwi store selling Britain’s favourite breakfast cereal is being attacked by a New Zealand company which makes a similar product. In the main, British expats in New Zealand live a peaceful existence amongst some of the world’s most spectacular natural beauty, but are more than willing to get seriously riled up when their favourite British foods are unavailable. For the customers of Christchurch-based store ‘A Little Bit of Britain’, a Weetabix breakfast is a reminder of the long-gone good old days in the...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2018

New Zealand based South African expats fear civil war over land grabs

South African expats settled in New Zealand are urging their home country’s government to think again over land grabs. Concern ramped up when rumours hit the international media about the South African government’s undertaking of illegal land expropriation, with the bitter memory of the same action in Zimbabwe, then known as Rhodesia, stirring up residents and expats alike. As a result, South African expatriates living and working in New Zealand are urging all world countries to stand up for landowners’ rights. The gist of the...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Peaceful Portugal triumphs again in Global Peace Index

The recently published Global Peace Index 2018 again rates Portugal as one of the planet’s most peaceful countries. In an increasingly troubled world, finding a peaceful place to live seems like a challenge at best and impossible at worst. The Global Peace Index covers almost all the entire world population, and uses 23 quantitative and qualitative indexes to calculate its results based on Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict, Societal Safety and Security and Militarisation. Whilst the results of the 2018 study show world...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2018

New Zealand increases minimum income requirements as net migration falls

New Zealand’s record numbers of immigrant arrivals seems to finally be over as net migration is now falling. According to statistics, annual net migration in the year to March 2018 totalled 68,000, a drop of 4,400 from last year’s total of 72,400. It’s still an impressive number and high by historical standards, but reflects the fact that an increasing number of non-New Zealand citizens are leaving. However, according to specialist statisticians, the numbers of arriving migrants haven’t changed by much. Latest figures...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Australia is still a favourite with Brit retirees but its own are leaving

Australia is still popular with UK expat retirees, but its own seniors are leaving for more affordable foreign destinations. The numbers of elderly Australians leaving their home country for a less expensive life overseas have dramatically increased over the past decade, with Oz expat communities forming in Spain, Cambodia and Thailand. In 2016, almost two thousand Australian pensioners over the age of 55 relocated to various retiree hubs in Italy and Greece as well as New Zealand, mostly due to rising property prices and the soaring...