Networking as a newcomer in New Zealand

Making a success of a new life abroad means creating new friendships and integrating socially. Article written by The Overseas Guides Company Here, expat Pattie Pegler, author of the NewZealandBuyingGuide.com and Christhcurch resident, draws on her own experience... “A big part of how happy you will be in New Zealand will depend on making friends [...]

By | 2013-04-16T09:13:22+00:00 April 18th, 2013|Articles|

Capital cities: A better option?

When you hear the phrase “capital cities” what do you envision? Grand buildings, designer shops, fancy restaurants? You’re certainly not wrong – capital cities are renowned for all of these things and so much more. Article written by The Overseas Guides Company When put simply, in the majority of countries you can find anything that [...]

By | 2013-04-11T18:11:38+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Articles|

New Zealand wages

As we face another week of freezing cold temperatures despite the fact that it is technically springtime – many of you might saying “enough is enough” and be looking to make the move elsewhere. Who can blame you? Article written by The Overseas Guides Company One of the most important things that you will need [...]

By | 2013-03-18T13:01:57+00:00 March 19th, 2013|Articles|

How heritage listings differ from country to country

Many Brits are surprised to discover the discrepancies in heritage listings between the UK and their new home country. Article written by The Overseas Guides Company The age of a property is one of the main differences between the UK and countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. In these countries, and [...]

By | 2013-03-01T18:01:10+00:00 March 3rd, 2013|Articles|

Always swim between the flags!

While those of us currently living in the UK shiver through wintery weather that swiftly arrived as the calendar ticked over to December, the southern hemisphere is enjoying the beginning of summer and all the outdoor fun that entails. Article written by The Overseas Guides Company However every summer, water-loving countries such as Australia, New [...]

By | 2012-12-20T12:11:00+00:00 December 21st, 2012|Articles|

Christchurch needs you!

Almost two years after the catastrophic earthquake that hit Christchurch in New Zealand’s South Island, the city continues to feel the after-effects of the natural disaster. Article written by The Overseas Guides Company Rebuilding has been long and slow process, impeded by repeated aftershocks. However, progress is being made and having so much to do [...]

By | 2012-12-17T12:15:06+00:00 December 17th, 2012|Articles|

New Zealand quake-proofing rules under review

As a result of the earthquakes that devastated Christchurch, speculation has arisen that seismic strengthening rules may soon be tightened. Article written by The Overseas Guides Company Current regulations on all types of older buildings require them to be brought up to 33 per cent of the strength required of new buildings – which are [...]

By | 2012-11-01T18:34:48+00:00 October 30th, 2012|Articles|

Are expats who move to New Zealand happy?

A recent survey conducted by New Zealand’s Government Immigration Settlement Monitoring Programme took a look at happiness levels amongst expats who have taken the plunge and made the big move. Article written by The Overseas Guides Company Overall the survey found that 8 out of 10 of the people surveyed said that they were happy [...]

By | 2012-10-12T15:02:11+00:00 October 12th, 2012|Articles|