“New Zealand Architecture” or Overpriced Sheds?

Our readers know that New Zealand homes, infamous for being ‘leaky’ cold and damp, are basically overpriced, poorly constructed sheds. Then again, most of our readers come from first world countries where homes are built to last for 80 years plus and are designed and constructed to be able to withstand adverse weather conditions. It’s…

Migrant Tales – Heading Back to First World Canada

Continuing in our series of migrant tales – first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand. Today’s tale is from a Canadian, resident in New Zealand for three years. Here’s his reasons for why he’ll be headed home soon. I’m from Canada, and I’d rather spend a winter there where it’s -20C because…

Renting Houses in NZ – A Manual

This manual to renting houses was first published on Expatexposed.com, a not-for-profit self help and advice forum for migrants to New Zealand and one of the few (only?) uncensored NZ immigration forums on the net. This is a primer on renting property in New Zealand and is essential reading for everybody migrating to New Zealand:…

New Zealand’s Unemployment Rate Rises

Statistics NZ has issued a press release with the shock revelation that unemployment in New Zealand rose in the last quarter to another 10 year high undoing almost all of the improvement seen in the previous quarter. “In seasonally adjusted terms, New Zealand’s unemployment rate rose from 6.0 percent to 6.8 percent during the June…