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TripAdvisor recently released its ranking of the world’s top tourist destinations and named New Zealand as having the #2 best travel experience in 2018, based on ratings and reviews provided by travelers. Some of best experiences that tourists reported enjoying while visiting New Zealand included an Auckland food tour, parasailing above the Bay of Islands, bungy-jumping near Queenstown, zip-lining and riding jet boats in the Tutukau Gorge, rafting in the Kaituna River, and kayaking to Māori Carvings from Taupo. Rotorua (located in the central region of New Zealand’s North Island) was also rated as the #4 best travel destination in the survey, while Queenstown (found in the southern section of New Zealand’s South Island) was the #7 top destination. To read more, click here!
There were 3.78 million visitors who traveled to New Zealand between June 30, 2017, and June 30, 2018, and they spent an average of $3,290 per person, boosting New Zealand’s economy by $11.1 billion during this 12-month time-frame. Statistics reported by New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) also revealed that the number of people visiting New Zealand rose by 4% and they spent an additional $879 million (a 9% increase) compared to the previous 12-month period. This included 449,000 people from China (an increase of 13 percent) who spent an average of $4,000 each while visiting New Zealand, and 337,000 individuals from the United States (a rise of 4 percent) who spent a per person average of $4,200 during their stay in the country. Millions of tourists travel to New Zealand each year to see the spectacular scenery and take part in outdoor activities. To read the full article, click here!
Millions of people in today’s world are searching for peace and tranquility in their lives and many are finding it living in New Zealand, which was ranked as the #2 safest country in the world in the Global Peace Index 2018. The Institute for Economics and Peace think-tank evaluated the peacefulness of 163 countries around the world, based on 23 factors, such as the homicide rate, deaths resulting from internal conflict, terrorism, etc. Iceland came in first place as the world’s most peaceful country for 2018, followed by #2 New Zealand, #3 Austria, #4 Portugal, #5 Denmark, #6 Canada, #7 Czech Republic, #8 Singapore, #9 Japan, and #10 Ireland, which were ahead of 153 other countries in the Global Peace Index 2018 rankings. Not only is New Zealand the second safest country on Earth, but people living in New Zealand also tend to enjoy a sense of tranquility (i.e., inner peacefulness, peace of mind) due to the relaxed lifestyle, excellent work-life balance, nice weather, spectacular scenery, friendliness of the residents, and overall quality of life found there. To read more, click here!
For the fifth consecutive year, the Mercer Quality of Living Survey has listed Auckland #3 out of 450 global cities assessed for quality of life. Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, also received a high rating, coming in at #15 in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey, which was released in March 2018. Each year, the Mercer international human resources firm evaluates hundreds of cities based on 39 factors that are grouped into 10 larger categories which include: economic environment, medical and health considerations, natural environment, housing, public services and transport, education and schools, political and social environment, consumer goods, recreation, and socio-cultural environment. Only 1st place Vienna (Austria) and 2nd place Zurich (Switzerland) received a higher rating for quality of life than 3rd place Auckland, which has held this high position during 2014-2018 . To read more, click here!
The United Nations ranked New Zealand as the #8 happiest country in its 2018 World Happiness Report which was published in March 2018. When evaluating the happiness of people living in 156 countries around the globe, researchers examined such issues as GDP per capita, social support, freedom to make life choices, healthy life expectancy, perception of corruption, and generosity. According to the UN report, the top 10 happiest countries in the world for 2018 are: #1 Finland, #2 Norway, #3 Denmark, #4 Iceland, #5 Switzerland, #6 Netherlands, #7 Canada, #8 New Zealand, #9 Sweden, and #10 Australia. New Zealand also came in 8th place for happiness in 2017. To read more, click here!
A recent trend for New Zealand immigration is for growing numbers of skilled foreign workers to live and work in regions outside of the Auckland area. For many years, New Zealand’s largest city has been the top destination for skilled foreign workers who move to New Zealand. This is partly because Auckland is a good place to find jobs in New Zealand, has a large immigrant population, and offers a high quality of life for its 1.4 million residents. Changes recently made to New Zealand immigration regulations which gave more points to skilled foreign workers who move to areas outside of Auckland, and increased demand for overseas workers in other parts of the country, have resulted in more skilled foreign workers moving to areas such as Canterbury, Waikato and Wellington. To read the full article, click here!
In August 2017, The Economist released its yearly assessment regarding the quality of life in 140 international cities and ranked Auckland as the world’s #8 “most livable city” for 2017. Researchers at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) rated each city on 30 quality of life indicators which were grouped into five key categories: (1) stability, (2) healthcare, (3) culture & environment, (4) education, and (5) infrastructure. An overall score was then calculated on a scale ranging from a low of zero to a perfect score of 100. Auckland received an overall score of 95.7 out of 100 and came in 8th place in the world for quality of life, after #1 Melbourne, #2 Vienna, #3 Vancouver, #4 Toronto, #5 Adelaide & Calgary (tied for 5th place), #7 Perth, and ahead of #9 Helsinki, #10 Hamburg – and 130 other cities around the globe. To read more, click here!
An ongoing skills shortage, combined with increased demand, has resulted in many healthcare jobs in New Zealand going unfilled. Consequently, more skilled foreign healthcare professionals are being sought from overseas to work in New Zealand. There is a particularly high demand for anaesthetists, counselors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and social workers in New Zealand. The shortage of skilled workers is not limited to the healthcare sector, however, as more skilled tradespeople and high-tech professionals are also needed for unfilled jobs in New Zealand. To read more, click here!
According to national survey results released by Statistics New Zealand on July 20, 2017, a large majority of people who live in New Zealand are satisfied with life. The General Social Survey was conducted between March 2017 and April 2017 and surveyed close to 9,000 individuals living in New Zealand. A respondent’s personal sense of well-being was measured using four indicators in the survey: (1) health; (2) perception of having more than enough money vs. having just enough money; (3) feeling lonely; and (4) experiencing problems with housing. The survey discovered that 83% of individuals living in New Zealand rated their overall sense of well-being at seven or higher on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the highest score possible for life satisfaction. This means New Zealand ranks #5 in the OECD countries for the high sense of well-being experienced among its residents, after Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark. To read the full article, click here!
Many people move to New Zealand for the opportunity to experience a high standard of living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From sunny beaches and sailboat-filled harbors to peaceful forests and snowy peaks, people who live in New Zealand are surrounded by spectacular scenery wherever they go. In addition to having access to breathtaking beauty, people who work in New Zealand also enjoy an excellent work-life balance which allows them to spend time with family and friends and discover all that New Zealand has to offer. Some of the top places to visit, whether you immigrate to New Zealand or travel there on vacation, include the Great Barrier Island, Milford Sound, Queenstown, and the Franz Josef Glacier. In the Auckland area, Bethell, Karekare, Muriwai and Piha beaches are very special places to visit, while surfers will want to ride the incredible breaks found at Manu Bay in Ragland. Hikers and backpackers will find tranquil trails with amazing views in Tongariro National Park, which is also a great place for snowboarders and skiers to hit the slopes. Whether you want to relax at the beach, ride a bicycle through the forest or participate in more “extreme” outdoor activities, amazing adventures await you and your family if you move to New Zealand. To read more and see some nice photos of top places to visit in New Zealand, click here!
According to a study published July 10, 2017, by US News & World Report, New Zealand is one of the best places in the world for immigrants to live. For this evaluation, the researchers examined each country’s immigration policy, data about its economy and the perceptions of individuals regarding each country being assessed in the survey. Over 21,000 people around the globe were asked to rate 80 countries on such criteria as economic stability, income equality, having a good job market and whether they thought the country was a place where they would like to live. The study also rated each country on the percentage of immigrants in its population and looked at integration measures, such as language training, among other issues. When the various factors were taken into account, New Zealand was ranked as the 13th best country for immigrants in 2017. Another examination of the responses from this large survey, which was published earlier in 2017, assessed the best countries to live for people in general (i.e., regardless of whether they were born there or an immigrant). In that study, each of the 80 countries was evaluated based on nine factors: quality of life, open for business (i.e., the ease of doing business in the country), entrepreneurship, citizenship, cultural influence, heritage, power, movers (i.e., dynamic, unique, etc.) and adventure. In that previous assessment, New Zealand was ranked as the #14 best country overall for 2017 and received its highest ratings for the adventure, open for business, citizenship, and quality of life factors. The main point is that people all over the world consider New Zealand to be a great place to live, whether an individual is born there or if they immigrate to New Zealand. To read more, click here!
More expats around the world are considering immigration to New Zealand, according to the Global Moving Trends 2017 report recently issued by an international relocation firm. Data from more than 350,000 moving inquiries that were made between April 2016 and April 2017 was analyzed for the report, which found a significant increase in expats interested in moving to New Zealand, particularly from the United Kingdom and the United States. Among the reasons given for the growing popularity of New Zealand as an immigration destination for expats are its strong economy, sense of community and spectacular scenery. To read more, click here!
Net immigration to New Zealand has soared to yet another record high, according to data released by Statistics New Zealand in June 2017. When total arrivals and total departures are taken into account, a record net of 71,964 people were able to immigrate to New Zealand between May 31, 2016, and May 31, 2017. This beats the previous record of 71,855 for net New Zealand immigration which occurred between April 30, 2016, and April 30, 2017. New Zealand work visa holders accounted for the majority of new long-term arrivals during the past 12 months. Short-term visitors staying less than a year also set a new record high, with 3.6 million people traveling to New Zealand between May 31, 2016, and May 31, 2017 (a 10% increase). People from China accounted for the largest percentage of individuals to immigrate to New Zealand during the past year, but there were also high numbers of people moving to New Zealand from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among other countries. Many foreign workers are moving to New Zealand because strong economic growth there has been creating many New Zealand employment opportunities. To read more, click here!
The 2017 Global Peace Index was released on June 1, 2017, and New Zealand was ranked as the 2nd most peaceful country in the world. This was the 11th year that researchers at the Sydney-based Institute for Economics & Peace had evaluated the peacefulness of 163 countries and territories around the globe, accounting for approximately 99.7% of the world’s population. Each country was assessed based upon 23 indicators that have been designed to measure their level of peacefulness. Iceland was named as the #1 most peaceful place on the planet, followed by #2 New Zealand, #3 Portugal, #4 Austria, #5 Denmark, #6 Czech Republic, #7 Slovenia, #8 Canada, #9 Switzerland, with Ireland and Japan both tied for 10th place. Thousands of people move to New Zealand every year, partly because it is a peaceful place to live and raise their families. Others want to live in New Zealand because of its strong economy, many job opportunities, spectacular scenery and overall high standard of living. To read more, click here!
In May 2017, Statistics New Zealand reported that net annual immigration to New Zealand soared to a record high as of April 2017, compared to the same time during the previous year. After taking into account arrivals and departures, net annual immigration to New Zealand stood at 71,885 in the year ending April 30, 2017, compared to 68,110 in April 30, 2016. China was the #1 source country of foreign nationals who were able to move to New Zealand long-term during this 12-month period, according to Statistics New Zealand. Auckland, which is the country’s largest city, continued to be the top destination for people moving to New Zealand. Many people who immigrate to New Zealand want to live in Auckland due to the high quality of life available there and also because large numbers of jobs in New Zealand are concentrated in the Auckland area. Not only has there been an increase in long-term immigration to New Zealand, but a record number of people were able to travel to New Zealand on short-term visas as well. To read more, click here!
Although New Zealand is comparable in size to the UK or Japan, this beautiful island country only has a population of around 4.6 million people, partly because New Zealand was one of the last places on the planet to be discovered and settled. Different peoples have been moving to New Zealand since around 1,250 C.E., such as various Polynesian groups, including the Maori. In 1642, the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman was the first European known to have seen New Zealand and in 1769-1770, an expedition commanded by British Navy Captain James Cook mapped what became known as New Zealand. Since the early 1800s, thousands of people from the United Kingdom have been moving to New Zealand in search of better opportunities. During the past four decades, however, there has been a greater diversity of individuals from different regions of the world immigrating to New Zealand. Data provided by Statistics New Zealand reveals that immigrants from Africa and the Middle East were the #1 largest regional group of people to immigrate to New Zealand in 2016, followed by immigrants from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. To read more about New Zealand immigration trends, click here!
Education New Zealand has reported a significant rise in the number of international students who will study in New Zealand during 2017. Over 130,000 foreign students will live and study in New Zealand this year and they are forecast to contribute at least $4.5 billion to New Zealand’s economy in 2017 through living expenses, educational fees and other spending. This makes international students the fourth largest export revenue generator for New Zealand’s booming economy. There has been a substantial increase in the number of international students from China, the United States and Latin America studying in New Zealand in April 2017 compared with the same time last year. For example, there are 18% more Chinese studying in New Zealand in April 2017 than in April 2016. International students from various countries in Latin America who are attending educational institutions in New Zealand increased by an amazing 31% in April 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. To read more, click here!
New Zealand is an incredible country consisting primarily of two large islands which are divided into 16 diverse regions. From the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island, New Zealand offers residents and visitors a variety of attractions to enjoy. For example, the Rikoriko cave in the Northland region is the largest sea cave in the world; Queensland in the Otago region has many fun outdoor activities nearby; and Milford Sound in the Southland region has been referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Even if you aren’t into scuba diving, bungy jumping, sea kayaking, mountain biking, camping or swimming with the dolphins, New Zealand has wonderful indoor activities to experience as well. Examples include the National Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa) at the Wellington waterfront or the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum in Nelson. Of course, you can always just relax on one of New Zealand’s many beautiful beaches and bask in the sun as the sailboats glide past. Whether you immigrate to New Zealand or visit as a tourist or on business, you will find that many amazing attractions await you in New Zealand. To read the full article and see some great photos, click here!
People who live in New Zealand were treated to a kaleidoscope of colors as the spectacular Southern Lights illuminated the skies across New Zealand during the evening of April 22, 2017. The Southern Lights, also known as the Aurora Australis, were seen dancing high in the sky above Auckland, Christchurch and other locations on both major islands of New Zealand. These colorful hues of red, green and yellow are caused when the Earth’s magnetic field and certain gases in the upper atmosphere interact with electrically charged particles above the planet that are delivered via solar winds. In the Southern Hemisphere where New Zealand is located, this dazzling display is referred to as the Aurora Australis (or Southern Lights), while in the Northern Hemisphere this natural light show is known as the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights). To read the full article and see amazing photos and videos, click here!
As winter approaches in New Zealand (and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere), Wellington is promoting the city as the “creative heart” of New Zealand and the perfect place to visit. Wellington is known for being the national capital of New Zealand, but the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) also wants to highlight Wellington’s vibrant nightlife and the city’s creative spirit. Several events that take place during the winter in Wellington are being showcased in a new marketing effort (Wellington: Always On), including the Wellington Light Lux Festival in May and the Wellington Jazz Festival which occurs in early June. To read more and view the video promoting Wellington in the winter, click here!
Here is more good news for people who live in New Zealand! A report released in March 2017 by Statistics New Zealand reveals that most regions across New Zealand have been enjoying strong economic growth, as measured by a significant rise in each region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). People who live in New Zealand’s “Bay of Plenty” region have plenty to be happy about, since their region has been experiencing an impressive 7.7 percent increase in GDP – the strongest regional economic growth in New Zealand. The Bay of Plenty is located southeast of Auckland and known for its thriving kiwifruit agricultural sector, which has helped to boost the region’s booming economy. Auckland boasted the 2nd highest rate of regional economic growth with an increase in GDP of 6 percent. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and famous for its sunny beaches and its two sailboat-filled harbors, resulting in its nickname as the “City of Sails.” Finance, professional services and the transportation sector have been key contributors to Auckland’s robust economic growth, according to the report. By comparison, the Wellington region was among several areas of New Zealand to have healthy economic growth of at least 3 percent. Wellington is situated at the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, is the country’s national capital and has become a major high-tech hub, creating many good-paying IT jobs in New Zealand. Prosperity has not been limited, however, only to New Zealand’s North Island (where the Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Wellington regions are located). The third strongest regional GDP growth in New Zealand is taking place in the southern section of the country’s South Island, where the Otago region is seeing its economy soar by an impressive 4.8 percent. To read more, click here!
The 2017 Mercer Quality of Life Survey was released in March 2017 and named Auckland as the #3 best city in the world for quality of life, out of 450 cities evaluated around the globe. Not only did New Zealand’s largest city receive high marks in the annual survey of cities conducted by the Mercer international human resources firm, but New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, was ranked #15 in the world for quality of life. Each year, Mercer researchers assess hundreds of cities through the world and rate them based upon such “quality of life” factors as economic environment, crime level, health services, transportation, education standard, housing and environment, cultural and personal freedom, and political stability. A key goal of the annual Mercer Quality of Life Survey is to provide employers with useful information about the standard of living in various cities throughout the world, which then helps many employers to decide how to compensate expatriate workers appropriately. People who live in New Zealand generally enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world (including a good “work-life balance”) and, therefore, it is not surprising that thousands of expat workers move to New Zealand every year. To read the full article, click here!
In March 2017, the United Nations released its World Happiness Report 2017 and ranked New Zealand as the #8 happiest place on the planet! Every year since 2012, UN researchers have been evaluating the happiness of people who live in countries around the globe, based upon six major measures of happiness: freedom to make life choices; generosity; healthy life expectancy at birth; income; perception of corruption; and social support. Each country is then given an overall “happiness” score on a scale of 0-10, with ten being the highest score possible and zero considered the lowest score. For 2017, New Zealand received an overall score of 7.314 out of 10 points possible on the UN “happiness” scale. According to the UN researchers, people who live in New Zealand are the 8th happiest people in the world, after #1 Norway, #2 Denmark, #3 Iceland, #4 Switzerland, #5 Finland, #6 Netherlands, #7 Canada, and ahead of #9 Australia, #10 Sweden, and the other 145 other countries that were assessed. The United Nations was not alone in saying that people who live in New Zealand enjoy one of the highest standards of living on Earth. For example, Transparency International declared New Zealand tied with Denmark as the #1 least corrupt country in the world in its January 2017 report. Additionally, the Legatum Institute ranked New Zealand the #1 country in its November 2016 Prosperity Index. Furthermore, the World Bank considered New Zealand to be the #1 top country in which to do business in its October 2016 report. In short, people who live in New Zealand tend to enjoy a high quality of life that is considered by a variety of measures to be among the best in the world. To read more, click here!
Wellington, the national capital of New Zealand, has become an innovative high-tech hub for the South Pacific region, but the city’s booming technology sector cannot find enough skilled workers locally. Consequently, a unique New Zealand job search program called “Looksee Wellington” has recently been promoted to recruit qualified skilled foreign workers to travel to Wellington “all expenses paid” for pre-arranged job interviews with some of the top high-tech firms found in Wellington. Information Technology (IT) workers from overseas will have until March 20, 2017, to submit their applications for this New Zealand job search competition which will provide 100 “lucky winners” with free travel to New Zealand and also pay for their accommodations in Wellington so they can have the opportunity to meet with potential employers and, hopefully, receive an offer of employment in New Zealand. According to the Looksee Wellington promotion, “Our tech industry is flying along and we need more people. We’re looking for the best tech talent in the world to come on the career trip of a life-time.” Interviews for these high-tech jobs in New Zealand will take place in May 2017 for the 100 skilled foreign workers selected in the Looksee Wellington promotion. To read more, click here!
New Zealand’s government issued a long-term employment forecast in February 2017 which predicts that approximately 48,000 new jobs in New Zealand will be created each year between 2017 and 2027. According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the construction sector is expected to generate the largest number of new jobs in New Zealand over the coming 10-year period, creating around 6,800 new jobs annually. The New Zealand government’s employment forecast further states that much of the New Zealand job growth anticipated for the next 10 years will be stimulated by immigration to New Zealand and that there is likely to be an especially strong demand for highly-skilled jobs in New Zealand. In fact, approximately 27,400 New Zealand jobs are expected to be available for skilled workers in New Zealand each year during the 2017-2027 timeframe. To read the full article, click here!
According to government statistics released in February 2017, travel to New Zealand hit record levels between January 2016 and January 2017. A total of 128,300 people were able to move to New Zealand last year and when arrivals and departures are taken into account, there was an overall net gain of 71,300 new residents living in New Zealand during this 12-month time period – both new record highs. Furthermore, an additional record 3.54 million people were able to visit New Zealand in the January 2016 to January 2017 time-frame, with a record 381,100 visitors arriving in New Zealand in January 2017. Increased immigration to New Zealand is being fueled by the country’s strong economic growth and the many jobs in New Zealand that are available to skilled foreign workers. For example, government data reveals that one third of the 128,300 people moving to New Zealand between 2016 and 2017 had a New Zealand work visa. In fact, even many New Zealand expats who were living abroad have recently decided to move to New Zealand to enjoy its booming economy and take advantage of the strong New Zealand job market. To read more, click here!
In February 2017, the TripAdvisor website published a ranking of New Zealand’s best beaches, which was based on the ratings and reviews gathered by its users around the world. The magnificent Mt. Maunganui beach in Tauranga was listed as the #1 best beach in New Zealand – an honor this scenic beach in the Bay of Plenty has held for the third consecutive year (2015, 2016 and 2017). Coming in 2nd place in New Zealand is Auckland’s amazing Piha Beach, followed by #3 Oriental Bay Beach in Wellington; #4 Ninety Mile Beach in Kaitaia; #5 Whangamata Beach (in Whangamata); #6 Ohope Beach in Whakatane; #7 Takapuna Beach in Auckland; #8 Kaiteriteri Beach (in the Nelson region of South Island); #9 St. Helier’s Bay Beach in Auckland; and #10 Papamoa Beach (overlooking the Bay of Plenty in Papamoa, south of Tauanga). As a large South Pacific island nation, New Zealand is famous for its many beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, relaxed lifestyle, peaceful environment and strong economy. The high quality of life helps to make New Zealand a top tourist destination and attracts thousands of people to move to New Zealand every year. To read the article and see the photos, click here!
A survey of 14,300 expats living in 191 countries ranked New Zealand the #2 country for English-speaking expats to live and work abroad. Only Malta was rated higher by English-speaking expats in the poll, with New Zealand ranked higher than #3 Australia, #4 Canada and #5 Singapore. The large InterNations expat network survey also found that 95% of English-speaking expats who live in New Zealand appreciate the quality of the country’s environment and 79% are happy with the balance between living and working in New Zealand (i.e., “work-life balance”). People who live in New Zealand have a relatively short work week, which gives them plenty of time to spend with family and friends and allows them to enjoy the spectacular scenery and many outdoor activities that New Zealand has to offer. To read the full article, click here!
In November 2016, the Legatum Institute released its annual list of the world’s best places to live and ranked New Zealand the #1 country in its 2016 Legatum Prosperity Index. Researchers at the Legatum Institute evaluated 149 countries around the globe, based on such factors as: economic quality; business environment; governance; education; health; safety and security; personal freedom; social capital; and natural environment. New Zealand came in 1st place overall for the sixth time in the past 10 years, ahead of #2 Norway, #3 Finland, #4 Switzerland, #5 Canada, #6 Australia, #7 Netherlands, #8 Sweden, #9 Denmark and #10 United Kingdom. Although New Zealand was rated #1 overall in the 2016 Legatum Prosperity Index, New Zealand did particularly well on several of the sub-indexes, such as economic quality (ranked #1); social capital (ranked #1); business environment (ranked #2); governance (ranked #2); and personal freedom (ranked #3). In describing New Zealand, the Legatum Institute declared, “Free markets, free people, and the world’s strongest society ensure that New Zealand takes the top spot in the Prosperity Index.” To read more, click here!
According to the Global Competitiveness Index 2016-2017, published by the World Economic Forum in September 2016, New Zealand’s booming economy has become significantly more competitive during the past several years, rising from #23 in 2012 to #16 in 2015 and now to the world’s 13th most competitive economy in 2016. The World Economic Forum report defines competitiveness as “the set of institutions, policies, and factors that determine the level of productivity of an economy, which in turn sets the level of prosperity that the country can achieve.” The Global Competitiveness Index 2016-2017 examined the economies of 138 countries using 114 indicators which were grouped into 12 categories: business sophistication, financial market development, goods market efficiency, health and primary education, higher education and training, infrastructure, innovation, institutions, labor market efficiency, macroeconomic environment, market size, and technological readiness. New Zealand’s economy did particularly well for competitiveness in regards to financial market development (ranked #1), institutions (ranked #3), and health & primary education (ranked #6). To read more, click here!
The confidence of people who work in New Zealand is at its highest level since 2014, according to the Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index published in September 2016. A strong economy and low unemployment rate of just 5.1% are contributing to increased optimism about jobs in New Zealand and the future. With an expanding economy and plentiful employment, however, many companies are finding it difficult to find enough workers for jobs in New Zealand. To read the full article, click here!
A massive survey of over 27,000 expats in more than 190 countries and territories around the globe conducted by HSBC found that New Zealand is considered to be the #2 best country for people to live and work abroad in 2016, behind #1 Singapore and ahead of #3 Canada. Results of the 2016 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey were released in September 2016 and revealed that expats who live and work in New Zealand rated this scenic South Pacific island country #1 in the world for healthcare, finance and quality of life and gave it particularly high marks for work-life balance, health and tolerance. New Zealand was also named the #2 top country in the world for expats in the 2015 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, after #1 Singapore and ahead of #3 Sweden. To read more, click here!
People who live in New Zealand and millions of tourists know that New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. What many people don’t realize is that New Zealand has also been a favorite location for filmmakers looking for unique places to make movies. The spectacular scenery found in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, Lake Pukaki, and Kawarau Gorge are among 10 places made famous in recent blockbuster movies. To read the full article, click here!
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 was released in September 2016 and all eight of the universities in New Zealand were listed among the best institutions of higher education in the world. Over 16,000 institutions of higher education around the globe were evaluated based upon such factors as international outlook, knowledge transfer, research and teaching. All eight of the universities in New Zealand were ranked in the top 600 of the list of the 980 best universities in the world. Times Higher Education named the University of Auckland as the #1 university in New Zealand for 2016-2017 and ranked it #165 in the world. To read the full article, click here!
New Zealand’s growing economy is fueling a strong increase in advertisements for jobs in New Zealand and helping Kiwi consumer confidence to soar. A recent survey released in September 2016 revealed that New Zealand job advertisements are at their highest level in over a year and have been increasing for seven consecutive months. Furthermore, a senior economist at ANZ Bank has forecast that New Zealand’s trend toward lower unemployment rates is likely to continue. Results of another recent survey found that consumer confidence in New Zealand is at its highest level this year and that people who live in New Zealand are optimistic about the economic outlook in the country over the long-term. The strong New Zealand Dollar has made imports less expensive and boosted sales of cars, appliances and other big-ticket items. To read the full article, click here!
A record 125,000 people were able to immigrate to New Zealand between August 2015 and August 2016, however, more skilled foreign workers are needed to fill high-demand jobs in New Zealand. Despite the large number of people who move to New Zealand each year, Kiwi employers are still having a difficult time finding enough qualified individuals to work in New Zealand in many skilled occupations, particularly in the construction industry and high-tech sector. To read the full article, click here!
According to government figures released in September 2016, New Zealand is enjoying its fastest rate of economic growth in two years. With an annual GDP growth rate of 3.6 percent, New Zealand boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Strong economic growth in New Zealand is being fueled in large part by a construction boom, increased manufacturing, low interest rates, expanding exports, rising household spending and a surge of immigration to New Zealand. To read more, click here!
Many jobs in New Zealand are being created in Auckland, where New Zealand’s largest city is enjoying a booming economy. Retail sales in Auckland are at a 10-year high as Kiwi consumers express confidence about the economy through their increased purchases. Construction is up, Auckland is attracting more immigrants and tourists, and the “City of Sails” has also become the “City of Sales.” Various economic indicators, including a low unemployment rate of 4.7% and annual GDP growth of 3.2 percent, strongly suggest that Auckland is experiencing its strongest economic growth in recent history. To read the entire article, click here!
A global survey of over 14,000 expats in 67 countries has found that New Zealand is considered to be the 5th best place on the planet for expats and their families to live and work abroad. The 2016 Expat Insider report was released in August 2016 and revealed that expats who live in New Zealand enjoy a high quality of life, think it is easy to get settled there, like the work environment, are satisfied with personal finances and believe that New Zealand is a good place for families. The survey also discovered that 83% of expats who live in New Zealand say that New Zealanders have been very friendly to them. Although New Zealand is ranked as the #5 top destination for expats to live, the survey indicates that expats who work in New Zealand consider it the #4 best country to work abroad. The 2016 Expat Insider survey further found that expats who live and work in New Zealand think New Zealand is the #1 country in the world for work-life balance. To read more, click here!
There are a variety of reasons why people immigrate to New Zealand, but they can all be summarized in one word – opportunity. This can be illustrated in the account of a Filipino family approved for New Zealand immigration in 2013. They decided to move to New Zealand to escape poverty, find safety and pursue opportunities. Today, the high quality lifestyle that this immigrant family enjoys living in New Zealand is so much better than what they left behind in their home country. Like many people who move to New Zealand, this immigrant’s journey started with a vacation in New Zealand on a visitor’s visa during 2008. They were so impressed with this incredible country, that they returned five years later on a work visa to New Zealand. To read the entire article, click here!
Although Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are more famous New Zealand immigration destinations, the Nelson area is currently experiencing a surge in new immigrant arrivals. In fact, immigration to New Zealand’s Nelson-Tasman region is at a 24-year-high. Located at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the city of Nelson has been attracting around 70% of New Zealand newcomers who settle in this region, while the neighboring city of Tasman is home to about 28% of immigrants moving to the area. One reason that many people who immigrate to New Zealand are settling in the scenic Nelson-Tasman region is that there are good New Zealand jobs there, particularly in the construction industry. Agriculture, fishing, forestry and tourism are other key sectors of the Nelson-Tasman economy that employ many people in the area. To read the full article, click here!
New Zealanders are famous for their friendliness and the warm welcome they give to visitors and people who immigrate to New Zealand. This hospitality, known as “Manaakitanga” in the Maori language, is especially evident in Queenstown, Auckland and Wellington, which were listed among the top 20 friendliest cities in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine in August 2016. Queenstown, which is located on New Zealand’s South Island, is a popular vacation destination for both international tourists and people who live in New Zealand and it was named as the 4th friendliest city in the world for 2016. The two largest cities on New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland and Wellington, were also honored for their hospitality. Auckland, known for its two sailboat-filled harbors, was considered the 15th friendliest place on the planet, while Wellington, New Zealand’s national capital, was rated as the world’s 17th friendliest city. To read more, click here!
In August 2016, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Auckland as the world’s 8th most livable city for 2016. Each year, The Economist researchers evaluate 140 cities around the globe based upon 30 “livability” factors that are grouped into five major categories: culture & environment, educational resources, healthcare, infrastructure and stability. Each city that the EIU researchers examined is given an overall livability score on a scale of 0-100, with 100 being a perfect score. New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, received an overall livability score of 95.7 on the EIU livability scale, allowing the “City of Sails” to move up in the global rankings from 9th place in 2015 to the 8th most livable city in the world for 2016. Auckland received especially high marks for education (100%) and culture & environment (97%), while this scenic seaside city also rated well for healthcare (95.8%), stability (95%) and infrastructure (92.5%). To read the full article, click here!
Over 200,000 people were issued a temporary work visa to New Zealand between June 2015 and June 2016. This is the highest number of foreign nationals ever approved to work in New Zealand during a 12-month period. According to Professor Paul Spoonley, who is a demographer at New Zealand’s Massey University, “The thing that surprises me is that month on month, and year on year, the numbers of visas given to both residents and temporary workers is continuing to increase, as it is with students.” There is an ongoing skills shortage which is making it difficult for employers to fill high-demand jobs in New Zealand. For example, there are not enough skilled workers for construction jobs in New Zealand, particularly in the Auckland area where there is an increasing demand for new housing. Skilled foreign workers are needed for many other types of jobs in New Zealand for which there are not enough qualified workers available. To read more, click here!
New Zealand’s capital city has been ranked #2 in the world for quality of life, according to a new survey released in July 2016. According to data gathered by the Numbeo.com website, Wellington is the world’s #2 best city to live for high standard of living, second only to Australia’s national capital, Canberra, which came in 1st place on the planet. Cities around the globe were evaluated based on such factors as climate, commuting times, cost of living, healthcare, pollution, purchasing power, ratio of house-price-to-income, and safety. The Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, was clearly happy with the survey results, declaring, “Wellingtonians should be very proud of our city’s ranking.” To read the full article, click here!
Data released by Statistics New Zealand in July 2016 reveals that a growing number of Australians are deciding to move to New Zealand. Two of the major reasons more Aussies want to move to New Zealand is because they think people who live in New Zealand enjoy a higher quality of life and the cost of housing is lower than in Australia. According to Statistics New Zealand, a net of 5,413 people were approved to immigrate to New Zealand from Australia between June 2015 and June 2016 (not counting New Zealanders living in Australia who returned home). Overall, a net total of 69,100 people from around the globe were approved to immigrate to New Zealand long-term between June 2015 and June 2016. Many people who move to New Zealand are settling in Wellington due to its lower cost of housing and because many new jobs in New Zealand are being created in the country’s capital city. To read more and see the videos, click here!
The Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand has launched a new economic growth plan which seeks to attract more skilled foreign workers. The “Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016” was officially initiated in the city of Napier on July 27, 2016, and one of its key goals is to make Hawke’s Bay an innovation hub that creates many new jobs in New Zealand. The plan hopes to diversify the economy, attract business investment, and build up infrastructure which is likely to create many new construction jobs in New Zealand. To read the full article, click here!
According to the New World Wealth report, one of the many reasons that people decide to immigrate to New Zealand is because it is among the safest countries in the world. In particular, this study found that women who live in New Zealand are safer than women who live in any other country, except #1 Australia. The report also revealed that more millionaires are deciding to move to New Zealand because it is the #2 safest country in the world for women to live, New Zealand’s police force is efficient, plus people who live in New Zealand tend to have shared values and tight communities. Many of the reasons motivating the world’s wealthy to immigrate to New Zealand are, of course, the same quality of life factors leading tens of thousands of middle-class people to move to New Zealand each year. To read more, click here!
Strong economic growth, boosted by the booming construction sector, is creating many new jobs in New Zealand. In July 2016, Business New Zealand (BNZ) released data indicating a continued healthy expansion of New Zealand’s economy. Both BNZ and ANZ Bank also reported a significant rise in advertisements across the country for people to work in New Zealand. Cameron Bagrie, Chief Economist at ANZ Bank, revealed that ads for jobs in New Zealand have increased by 9.1% over the same time last year. According to the ANZ Bank Chief Economist, “Job ads data suggests that employment demand is strengthening as the housing and construction sectors boom around the country.” A challenge facing many employers, however, is a shortage of skilled workers to fill new jobs in New Zealand, particularly in the construction sector. To read the full article, click here!
New Zealand has been ranked as the 4th most prosperous country in the world in the 2016 Legatum Institute Prosperity Index. Legatum also rated New Zealand as the #1 most prosperous non-European country for 2016. Each year, the London-based Legatum Institute publishes its evaluation of the level of prosperity in 142 countries around the globe, based upon 89 factors that are then grouped into eight sub-indexes: economy, education, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, health, personal freedom, safety and security, and social capital. New Zealand received particularly high marks (ranked #1) for its sense of community and social cohesion (i.e., “social capital”). The Legatum Institute also considered New Zealand as the world’s #4 most prosperous country in 2015 as well. To read more, click here!
According to official statistics released in June 2016, net immigration to New Zealand has remained at record levels for 22 consecutive months. Approximately 5,500 people move to New Zealand every month as more people around the world seek jobs in New Zealand. Phil Borkin, who is a top economist at ANZ Bank, stated that New Zealand’s economy is “performing very well” and this is helping to attract more people to move to New Zealand each year. To read the full article, click here!
The 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI), released in June 2016, has ranked New Zealand as the 4th safest country in the world. This is the third year in a row that New Zealand has been rated #4 for safety out of the 163 countries evaluated around the globe. Only #1 Iceland, #2 Austria and #3 Denmark were considered to be safer places to live than New Zealand. According to Professor Kevin Clements, Chairman of the Global Peace Index expert panel, “New Zealand has been fairly constant on both internal and external indicators of peace.” To read more, click here!
People who live and work in New Zealand, including older workers, enjoy some of the best employment conditions in the world. In June 2016, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) released its evaluation of how older workers are treated in the 34 countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and ranked New Zealand #2 (behind #1 Iceland and ahead of #3 Sweden) for its treatment of workers age 65 and older. Currently, 20% of “Kiwis” who are 65-years-old or above work in New Zealand and this percentage is predicted to increase to about 33% in the next two decades. The 2016 PwC Golden Age Index report says that older people who work in New Zealand are appreciated for their job skills and flexibility in the workplace. To read the full article, click here!
New Zealand has become a regional hub for the high-tech sector, but there are not enough workers to fill thousands of IT jobs in New Zealand. The New Zealand Technology Industry Association recently estimated that over 10,000 skilled foreign workers will be needed for high-tech jobs in New Zealand during a three year period (approximately 3,000 per year). In addition to having the required education and work experience for high-demand jobs in New Zealand, skilled foreign IT workers must also have good English language skills and meet other criteria for the appropriate New Zealand visa. Many foreign IT workers immigrate to New Zealand through the Skilled Migration Category (SMC) Resident Visa Program, while others obtain a temporary work visa to New Zealand. High-tech professionals who work in New Zealand enjoy close proximity to sunny beaches and other spectacular scenery, among many additional benefits. To read more, click here!
There has been a significant increase in the number of skilled foreign workers being approved for a Residence Visa to New Zealand through a new policy that encourages settlement outside of the Auckland area. Approximately half of all immigrants who move to New Zealand decide to live in Auckland (New Zealand’s largest city) or its surrounding region, but skilled foreign workers are also in high-demand in other regions of the country. Therefore, New Zealand’s government announced a new policy in July 2015 which gives triple the amount of bonus points toward New Zealand immigration for skilled migrant workers who have obtained a qualifying job offer outside of the Auckland region and who agree to live in that region for at least 12 months. Since this policy was launched, there has been a 45% increase in the number of skilled foreign workers who have been granted a Residence Visa to New Zealand and settled outside of Auckland. To read the full article, click here!
Auckland has received the honor of being named the #1 best coastal city in the world for 2016. New Zealand’s largest city, nicknamed “The City of Sails” because of its two sailboat-filled harbors, beat 24 other scenic seaside cities such as Barcelona, Copenhagen, Honolulu, New York, Sydney and Vancouver in the survey conducted by Chicago Line Cruises. Among the criteria used to evaluate coastal cities around the globe were overall quality of life, cost of living, recreational activities available and cultural characteristics. To read more, click here!
New Zealand is one of the most incredible countries on Earth, unique in so many wonderful ways. From its spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife to its local produce and endless enjoyable activities, New Zealand is a great place to live. People who live in New Zealand don’t even have to worry about dangerous animals – there are none! In fact, Kiwis live in one of the safest countries in the world. To read the entire article, click here!
According to the 2016 Household Labour Force Survey released by Statistics New Zealand in April 2016, more women and seniors are working in New Zealand. The increasing numbers of women and Kiwi workers 65-years-old and above is being driven in large part by a growing skilled worker shortage in New Zealand. Paid parental leave is another key reason that more women work in New Zealand than in the past, while prosperity, good health and greater longevity enjoyed by Kiwis is contributing to more older workers being employed in New Zealand. To read the full article, click here!
At the end of April 2016, New Zealand’s government launched its new “Global Impact Visa” (GIV) which was created to attract foreign entrepreneurs to immigrate to New Zealand. Some of the goals of this New Zealand visa program is to increase new start-up businesses in the country, create more jobs in New Zealand, and boost innovation. To read more, click here!
If you move to New Zealand, there are several “must-see” places that you will want to visit. One of the top tourist destinations in New Zealand is the Queenstown area of South Island, which is popular with international travelers as well as with Kiwis due to its beauty and many fun outdoor activities. Another spectacular spot is Waiheke Island, located a short ferry ride from New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. To read the full article, click here!
In April 2016, the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom announced the top winner of its 2016 Travel Award and named New Zealand as the world’s best country. Over 75,000 Daily Telegraph readers were surveyed and New Zealand was selected as the #1 country on Earth for the 4th year in a row. Among the many reasons given for why New Zealand is the world’s favorite travel destination include its spectacular “landscapes that make you want to applaud” as well as its beautiful “90-mile beaches” and New Zealand’s “cool” capital city of Wellington. To read the full article, click here!
The Mercer international human resources firm assessed 230 cities around the globe and declared Auckland to be the #3 best city in the world for quality of life in February 2016. Wellington also received an excellent evaluation from Mercer, which rated New Zealand’s national capital as the #12 top place on the planet for quality of life. To read more, click here!
On February 14, 2016, the Charities Aid Foundation released its report regarding philanthropy around the globe and ranked New Zealand as the #2 most charitable country in the world. The United States was rated as the #1 country for giving to charity, while Canadians were the third most charitable, people who live in the United Kingdom were #4 for charitable contributions, and South Koreans were the 5th most philanthropic. To read more, click here!
Statistics released in January 2016 by New Zealand’s government reveal that a record number of people were approved to move to New Zealand during 2015. In addition to the record 64,900 foreign nationals granted a Resident Visa to New Zealand or issued a temporary New Zealand work visa last year, a record 3.1 million tourists also visited New Zealand in 2015. To read the entire article, click here!
According to a new report released in January 2016, hiring by New Zealand employers during 2016 is expected to be at the highest level since 2010. The Hudson Report survey found that 92.5% of employers in New Zealand said they would either hire more workers or keep staffing levels at the current level in 2016. While healthy New Zealand job growth is anticipated in a variety of business sectors, the strongest hiring is forecast in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT); Accounting and Finance; Technical and Engineering; Office Support; Marketing; Public Sector; Procurement and Supply Chain; Banking and Financial Services; Sales; and Human Resources. To read the full article, click here!
The London-based Legatum Institute has ranked New Zealand #4 in the world on its 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index. Researchers at the Legatum Institute evaluated 142 countries around the globe, based on the following factors: economy, personal freedom, entrepreneurship & opportunity, safety & security, health, education, governance, and social capital. Overall, New Zealand came in 4th place out of the 142 countries assessed, after #1 Norway, #2 Switzerland and #3 Denmark. New Zealand received especially high ratings for its “social capital” (1st place), “personal freedom” (2nd place) and “governance” (2nd place). To read more, click here!
In October 2015, Credit Suisse released its 2015 Global Wealth Report and listed New Zealand as the 2nd most prosperous country in the world. Of the 200 countries examined, only Switzerland was considered wealthier than New Zealand. The Credit Suisse report evaluated the prosperity of each country based on the average net wealth of each adult resident, which was $400,811 USD for adults who live in New Zealand and was $567,100 USD for Swiss adults. The average net wealth for adults living in #3 Australia was $364,900 USD, in #4 United States it was $353,000 USD, and in #5 Norway the average net wealth for adults was $321,400. In terms of the median wealth for adults (i.e., half way between the highest and lowest), the Credit Suisse 2015 Global Wealth report said that New Zealand was #1 in the world at $182,600 USD, followed by #2 Australia ($168,300 USD), #3 Belgium ($150,300 USD), #4 United Kingdom ($126,500 USD), #5 Norway ($119,600 USD), and #6 Switzerland ($107,600 USD). Being ranked #1 in the world for having the highest median wealth per adult is significant, because it means that New Zealand has a much lower level of inequality than, for example, #6 Switzerland. To read a full summary of the report, click here!
The results of the 2015 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey of more than 21,000 expatriate workers around the world was released in September 2015 and has found that New Zealand is considered to be the #2 best place on the planet to live and work, after #1 Singapore and ahead of #3 Sweden. Foreign workers particularly rated New Zealand highly for its quality of life, the ease of entrepreneurship, and its excellent work-life balance. To read the full report, click here!
In August 2015, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released its survey of 140 cities around the globe and ranked Auckland as the #9 “most livable city in the world” for 2015. The EIU researchers evaluated each city based on 30 factors that were grouped into five major categories (educational resources, environment, healthcare, infrastructure, and safety) and gave them a score ranging from a low of 0 to a perfect score of 100. Auckland, also known as the “City of Sails” because of its two sailboat-filled harbors, received an excellent score of 95.7 on the EIU livability scale. To read the full article, click here!
New Zealand’s government announced in July 2015 that it will award more points for New Zealand immigration to skilled foreign workers and entrepreneurs who are willing to settle outside of the Auckland area. This change to New Zealand immigration policy was made because many regions in New Zealand are facing a challenge finding enough qualified workers to fill high-demand jobs. To read more, click here!
According to the 2015 Global Peace Index (GPI), New Zealand is the #4 safest country on Earth. In June 2015, the Institute for Economics and Peace released the results of its evaluation of 162 countries around the globe and considered New Zealand to be the fourth most peaceful place on the planet, after #1 Iceland, #2 Denmark and #3 Austria and ahead of #5 Switzerland, #6 Finland, #7 Canada, #8 Japan, #9 Australia, and #10 Czech Republic. To read the full article, click here!
In April 2015, the United Nations (UN) released its 2015 World Happiness Report and considered Kiwis to be the 9th happiest people on Earth. Researchers evaluated 158 countries around the globe, based on various “happiness factors” such as how many healthy years a person can expect to live, per capita GDP and social support. To read the full article, click here!