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Latest 10 news items tagged Moving To New Zealand

Brits look abroad for affordable housing5 Nov at 7 AM 2014

Disillusioned Brits desperate to get on the housing ladder would consider moving to countries like New Zealand if it meant they could afford their first property, according to a recent survey. The research, conducted by comparison website Gocompare, shows that a fifth would consider a move overseas. The most popular destination is the US with 31 per cent of those polled saying they could live on the other side of the Atlantic. Australia was the second most popular drawing 29 per cent of the votes and 20 per cent said they would choose...

BBC series shows what it’s like to move Down Under3 Oct at 8 AM 2014

Brits considering making the move to New Zealand or Australia can now find out what life will be like through the BBC’s reality show Wanted Down Under. The programme follows real people who have decided to leave the UK and make a fresh start in the Antipodes. Families are shown dealing with issues such as finding a place to live, organising their finances and coping with red tape. New Zealand and Australia are attractive destination for Brits looking to move away from the UK because of the similar cultures. Both countries are...

UK doctors flee UK for New Zealand and Australia20 Aug at 5 AM 2014

New Zealand is growing in popularity with UK doctors looking to move abroad to escape the confines of the NHS, official figures have revealed. The number of medics applying for work overseas has increased by 20 per cent over the last half-decade. The General Medical Council said the exodus was due to factors including health care rationing, long hours and bureaucracy. Other countries popular with doctors looking to relocate are Canada and Australia. According to recruitment specialists British doctors working in New Zealand can...

Chinese migrants focus on New Zealand9 May at 8 AM 2014

Wealthy Chinese migrants are turning their attention to New Zealand after Canada clamps down on a scheme that allowed immigrants residency if they loaned the country’s government C$800,000 for a period of three years. Well off Chinese residents are looking to relocate for a number of reasons including the level of pollution at home and a perceived crackdown on corruption. Immigration agencies in New Zealand are reporting an upsurge in interest from China after Canada decided to close its doors. Meanwhile Labour has pledged to...

More NZ immigrants from China than UK12 Mar at 9 AM 2014

China has overtaken the UK as the biggest source of migrants moving to New Zealand. Permanent residence was granted to 5,794 Chinese citizens between June 2012 and July 2013, an increase of 7.1 per cent on the same period a year earlier. The number of UK citizens granted permanent residence was 5,184, a drop on 14.1 per cent. The third largest source of migrants was India with 5,128 residency applications approved. The latest government figures suggest an immigration shift from North America and Europe to Asia. New Zealand is a...

UK expats attracted by NZ economic boom10 Dec at 8 AM 2013

New Zealand has always been an attractive option for Brits looking to start a new life overseas. The cultural and historic similarities make it relatively easy for those coming from the UK to make the transition. However, now there is even more of an economic pull as the country is actively trying to encourage UK expats to move over and fill jobs. In a recent survey, New Zealand was rated fifth in the world in terms of annual economic growth. The current economic boom means there is a growing skilled worker shortage and Brits are in a...

Asylum seekers offered NZ residency by Indonesian criminals4 Nov at 9 AM 2013

An investigation by the Sydney Morning Herald has revealed that Indonesian people-smugglers are offering passage to New Zealand to asylum seekers and promising permanent residency. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has condemned the practice saying that those promising safe transport and residency are liars and criminals. The report found that would-be asylum seekers are being charged as much as $17,000. Mr Woodward warned anybody thinking of entering New Zealand illegally not to do so. Australia recently stepped up its crackdown...

Chef has visa rejected because he is overweight5 Aug at 9 AM 2013

A South African chef has had his application for a New Zealand work visa denied because the authorities say he is overweight. Albert Buitenhuis has been living and working in the country for six years, and claims that he was a lot heavier when he first moved from South Africa. A spokesman for immigration told BBC News that his obesity meant that the New Zealand taxpayer could end up footing the bill for any health complications that could arise. Immigration manager Michael Carley said all migrants needed to prove they are in good...

Down Under Live highlights New Zealand20 May at 2 PM 2013

Brits considering a new life in New Zealand have been finding out more at Down Under Live, an expo for skilled job seekers that has been visiting a number of cities across the UK. The Christchurch rebuild means that there is a strong demand for construction workers and engineers and professionals working in the supporting sectors. New Zealand employers are also offering a range of positions in agriculture, the health services, education and finance. The expos are being attended by company representatives, headhunters and migration...

US retiree in New Zealand calls for immigration rule changes6 May at 9 AM 2013

New Zealand’s parliament has been presented with a petition organised by an American expat asking for changes to be made to the immigration system. Henry Work moved to the country five years ago on a business visa and is now calling on the immigration authorities to make it easier for financially independent retirees to make a permanent move to New Zealand. The petition has been taken up by Nick Smith, a local MP, who feels New Zealand could benefit from attracting more well off pensioners. Henry has said his proposals will not cost...