NZ in top 5 regarding social progress

NZ has been ranked the fifth most socially advanced nation on the globe, conquering Australia along with the Uk inside a report examining human wellbeing.

The particular Social Progress Index position is based on analysis of varied standards which aims to determine progress, success, as well as peoples' wellbeing.

Norway was the most notable performing country in this years index having a rating of 88.36, and it is accompanied by Sweden, Switzerland and Iceland.

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Nz Report 2015: Population Expanding Faster Than Australia

New Zealand is anticipated to grow faster than Australia and China as its population swelled to 500,000 in the past Ten years. Statistics New Zealand’s Report 2015 discloses new data on the country’s economic system, way of life in addition to environment.

The newest record mentioned New Zealand’s population is escalating by 1.52 percent a year. The population growth rate is quicker as compared to Australia, The uk, China, Germany and also the United States Of America. Inflation has also increased as typical costs of food and beverage soared throughout the years.

One-third of people within Nz own houses with a mortgage although almost a third rent houses having an regular weekly price of $290.20. Median hourly revenue went up from $19.47 to $21.94 since 2009.

Deputy government statistician Colin Lynch asserted that people who move to New Zealand want to know concerning the living cost in the country and other basic essentials. He added that the report provides useful info even for long-time inhabitants.

Katherine Rich, ceo of Food and Grocery Council, said that however the prices of a few goods increased due to the cost of living, costs have dropped in some product categories as a result of retail special discounts. The chair of the Nz Association of Migration and Investment, June Ranson, accepted the report and also said it can help you probable migrants help to make educated choices.

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Postcards from New Zealand: British family come and visit

Seeing our very first visitor since we moved to New Zealand is truly a reason for excitement as well as reflectivity. 

Whilst I type this, my mother is flying thousands of feet in the air, on the verge of her descent into London Heathrow, after almost 28 hours of flying from Christchurch, where we waved goodbye to her through tear-filled eyes.

We emigrated in November and mother was officially our very first visitor. 

We have all fully enjoyed showing her the beautiful sights of New Zealand and all of us taking a mini holiday. Not only am I thankful for seeing mum physically and being able to hug her (which you become numb to when you now live across the world), but I’m also thankful for the perspective she has left with us. To be honest, I was just about ready to throw the towel in on the whole lot.

I've heard from a number of expats that it is surprisingly common for expats to go through this phase at some point or another. Generally, it happens somewhere between the 3-6 month stint and it is an amalgamation of aggravations from the stress of finding work, having a tough time meeting friends to culture shock, sprinkled with a bit of homesickness.

I've never thought of myself as being homesick as I don't greatly yearn to move back to London as such. It wasn't the easiest place to raise my family. It is crowded, expensive, and not easy to bag that great career because of the amount of competition, house prices are extortionate just to name a few...

However, you do come to miss it and the people. I'm starting to think it's a great deal to do with moving to an English speaking country as opposed to somewhere totally foreign. You just expect great similarities, but it is so completely different.

If there is one thing us Brits are great at, it’s the banter. But in New Zealand, nobody will banter with you unless they know you; you can't expect a light hearted bit of fun with the owner of your local shop. They are extremely friendly, but more so "Hi, how are you? Have a nice day...". Getting to properly know people that are naturally more private and laid back can be quite tricky, particularly for somebody who works from home - like me.

I do miss a great therapeutic MOAN. We Londoners love a good moan, whether it is about the traffic congestion, the bad weather, our politicians, and the list is endless. We're not miserable people; it is mainly light hearted and quite often a great conversation starter. We don't take ourselves so seriously and our frustrations are eradicated through venting to the person next to us at the bus stop.

However on this side of the water, I get the impression that being a moaner is on par with being a criminal! Being called a moan is about the worst insult you can receive and quite frankly, us Brits are called it quite often. Attempting to halt 32 years of moaning isn't an easy task!

I'm not anticipating many people reading this from in the UK will have much sympathy for me. You will all be seeing the sea, sunshine and scenery and will be thinking I’m living the DREAM. You quickly become accustomed to the weather. For the first time in my life, I had a permanent and impressive tan that didn't come from a bottle of St Tropez. 

BUT, like most expats, I can't sit on the beach all day, I have to work. Therefore my tan came from sitting at a table in my garden, working on my laptop, which I had to do fully clothe thanks to 'inquisitive' neighbours and low fencing. I wasn't floating in the sea all day, sipping cocktails, in a bikini. Three days had passed where I hadn't left the house for anything other than taking the kids to school and almost two whole weeks without so much as seeing the beach, even though it is at the bottom of my street. I know, I know, POOR ME. 

Permanently residing in the sun and holidaying in the sun are totally and completely two different scenarios, which we are often told but never believe it until we experience it ourselves.

My mum's visit to us was genuinely the first time I was able to take some time off work and both explore and show off my new home city. Dunedin in the South Island is a truly spectacular place, filled with green hills, crystal clear seas and ice blue skies. We thought it would be fun to go on the "Small City Big Walls," which is a tour of the local street art, which is funny since in London, there is nothing we love more than coming across new and interesting street art that really adds something to the quirkiness of London.

Prior to mum leaving, we discussed life in New Zealand and how we all - mum included - believed it was the best move for my eight year old son who is thriving in school, spending time in the great outdoors and learning about so many new and different cultures. New Zealand school is far more laid back than in the UK. Here, children are set one homework each Monday and have a week to complete it, as opposed to the work he got pretty much every night in England, which left him stressed, tired, confined to his room of a weeknight and quite frankly - disliking school!

They have outdoor playtime three times a day, which aren't usually a washout and there is a strong emphasis on non-academic pursuits. The children school or cycle to school, there is no need for electronic doors to permit entry as though you are entering a prison and most importantly, peer pressure is non-existent. The Kiwis are, to put it nicely, very thrifty! You are praised for handling your money well as opposed to lavishly spending on designer goods to impress others. Hand-me-downs are the norm, brand names are totally not important and Santa lists are kept to a realistic minimum. 

Honestly, I could give you a million reasons as to why New Zealand is such a fantastic place to move to, for kids and adults that have grown up in the hustle and bustle of London or other hectic and superficial cities. Before my first year has even come to an end, I already know that I seriously do not want to move back to the UK. 

I think the reason you get so stressed as a new expat is the pressure to make your new like a success. You need the good job, sufficient savings, finding a family home, bond friendships. You're no longer a Londoner but not quite a Kiwi yet. Not forgetting the small fact that you are permanently a very long way away from your family. My family life will never be how it was before, but until we die, we will has as many FaceTime or Skype conversations as physically possible, not forgetting annual visits. 

If those visits are not going to be filled with fun, exciting and breath-taking quality time in stunning surroundings, then I believe it is an exchange that is well worth making.



5 strategies for Nz expats in the UK

With regard to newcomers though, it will help to have a heads-up on a number of the easy-to-overlook areas of UK living. Listed below are five methods for New Zealand expats to be familiar with.

Always budget for travel before making any kind of decisions on property
Particularly in London - and also to a lesser extent in all major United kingdom cities, travelling woes really are a staple of office conversation.

There’s something to be realized here - particularly if are considering moving coming from a centrally-located house share on your own place a little further out; constantly do your homework on transportation links before signing the actual lease. Be especially careful to afford any increase in month to month or season railroad ticket prices in case moving several zones out.

Tenants: be sure you have original visa documents to hand…
While from February 2016, landlords or lettings providers must now conduct a ‘right to rent’ check before commencing a private tenancy. In simple terms, which means that before signing your book, you will be asked to generate your original passport and all relevant credit documents. The landlord need to take copies of these documents.

If you cannot produce originals, the landlord or letting agent will need to carry out a ‘right to rent check’ with the Office at home - and for this you will need your Home Office reference number. Your letting agent can certainly charge you for carrying out and about this check -- so it’s worth getting your visa documents handy to save on unnecessary headache.

It’s worth registering for you to vote
As citizens of a Commonwealth region, New Zealanders have the right to register to political election in UK local and also national elections. Even if you have zero interest in politics, signing up to vote may make good practical perception.
An electoral roll check is used by credit reporting agencies and various service providers to verify identity and handle details in order to combat fraud; so registering to vote could make life easier with regard to things like opening a financial institution account, getting insurance and applying for financial loans and credit offers on new buying.

Don’t get short-changed on the minimal wage
This can be particularly relevant to New Zealanders which intend to combine scientific studies with part-time work. Did you know, for instance, that if you happen to be 25 or older, you are entitled to the National Living Wage (at the moment £7.20 and due to improve to £7.50 in April 2017)? Workers young than this are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, with higher prices applicable to 21-24 12 months olds compared to 18-20 year-olds. Read up on latest applicable rates to make sure you don’t get short-changed when accepting casual work.

IPMI can mean one less aspect to worry about
The ‘free at the point of delivery’ element of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) can be amazing. But no nationwide healthcare system is without having its faults -- and that goes for the particular NHS as well; particularly if it comes to wait occasions for routine processes.

For expats, Worldwide Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) can help make certain you and your family access the treatment you need - when it's needed. Its portable and versatile nature also means it can easily fill in the holes in existing business coverage while supplying the protection you need in case seconded abroad.


More Aussies are now heading to New Zealand than vice versa

There has been a net inflow of migrants to New Zealand from Australia recorded in April 2015 - that's for the first occasion after 1991


May perhaps the tides bridging the Tasman be switching? In April, for the first time in upwards of twenty years, a whole lot more Aussies are moving to New Zealand to live as opposed to the other way round.


The most recent permanent and long lasting migration stats from Statistics New Zealand showcase a net regular monthly influx of 100 migrants out of Australia in to New Zealand within April 2015 - the very first time since 1991 you'll find far more Australians emerging in Nz instead of New Zealanders travelling to Aussie. The net details take into account people pouring in to reside in Nz from various other nations in addition to New Zealanders leaving for overseas, and have been seasonally tweaked.


The amount of New Zealanders crossing the Tasman has decreased by more than half in the last 2 years - from 45,700 that year to April 2013 to 22,300 that year to April 2015. Statistics New Zealand announced a net annual loss of 1,900 people in the year to April 2015 - the smallest number since 1992 and well less than 11,100 while in the identical time in 2014 and 34,100 in 2013.


Ever since Statistics New Zealand’s series originated in 1982, the largest ever net inflow it documented from Australia was 400 migrants that year to both July and August 1983.


The stream concerning the two locations can adjust in size as well as direction quickly, based on the independent research body the Royal Society of New Zealand, given New Zealand’s larger expatriate population and Australians’ unrestricted entry to the New Zealand work market along with welfare entitlements. New Zealanders’ entitlement to Australian benefit was dramatically curtailed by the Howard government in 2001.


The Royal Society recently forecasted that there had been 650,000 New Zealanders residing in Australia. Yet though countless New Zealanders do tend to spend times offshore, many inevitably return. During the year ending March 2014, about 27,300 citizens returned home following One year or more overseas - the largest number ever since the 12 months to March 1991.


Net migration to New Zealand has been generally raising in recent times, which Statistics New Zealand attributes generally to fewer citizens departing for Australia in addition to many people emigrating from other nations.


New Zealand’s economic climate is performing solidly, whilst the Australian economic system is at the conclusion of a mining boom. Mining investment is decreasing and the rest of the economy is “so-so”, reported by HSBC economist Paul Bloxham.


The population of New Zealand was recorded as 4.4m in June last year, as well as the country has been gaining around 4,500 migrants each and every month for the past six months. Unadjusted figures highlighted a record net gain of 56,800 migrants in the year to April 2015 - an increase of a little more than 65% on the earlier year’s 34,400 people. Migrant arrivals for that year had elevated by 16%, while departures decreased by 11%.