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Here you’ll find top tips for working holidaymakers, our picks for this year’s best tourist destinations, business travel advice & much more



Top Expat Destinations

Today’s life is different than years before when people used to live where they were born. Nowadays many chose to live far from their home town for various reasons. Social, professional, financial or just curiosity could be part of the drivers for moving abroad and choosing the life of an expat. In a recent survey […]

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Top Countries With The Best Reputation. Sweden, Canada, Switzerland Make The Top 3. Australia, New Zealand and Ireland In Top 10.

Having good reputation has become more important than ever in any aspect. This rule applies to companies and big corporations and it becomes a big factor for countries as well. In this report are taken into consideration many factors which are building the entire image of a country from – advanced economy and appealing environment […]

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New Zealand Immigration Rule Change

From 1 November 2015, points awarded for New Zealand Skilled visa to people with a job offer outside Auckland will be increased from 10 to 30. Under the current immigration requirements the applicants who can get 140 points get residency. Kiwis will still be given priorities for jobs but if there are no locals to […]

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A Record Number Migrated to New Zealand in 2014

The net migration gain of 50,922 was almost doubled in 2014 compared to 22,468 from 2013. The number of migrants increased by 16 per cent while the departures fell by 18 per cent. The ASB Bank Senior economist Chris Tennent-Brown said: “The attractiveness of the New Zealand labour market relative to Australia’s and the rest […]

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200,000 Visitors Arrived in New Zealand Last Month

The number of international tourists travelling to New Zealand reached a new high in July this year. Almost 200,000 visitors arrived in New Zealand last month compared to 183,000 in July 2013. While more people visited New Zealand, fewer Kiwis travelled abroad this year – 233,100 travelled overseas which is 2 % compared to July […]

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Auckland – The Abridged Guide for First Timers

Auckland is known for its breathtaking views and rich culture that can fill up days’ worth of holiday travel. The largest metropolitan city in New Zealand has a lot to offer travellers of all ages. Here are just a few tips and ideas to help make your first trip to New Zealand’s premier city one […]

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Australian and New Zealand featured in the global labour market report of Hays

The global human resources consulting company Hays has published the Hays Global Report 2012. The report features 27 countries around the world and its purpose is to identify skill shortages and their effects on average salaries. Its sections about Australia and New Zealand have found out that both countries face various sector-specific labour shortages. In […]

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Record number of immigrants comes to New Zealand

The latest statistic data from the government of New Zealand shows a lot of New Zealanders are immigrating to Australia. Nearly 40 000 people left the country during June 2012 and settled to Australia and other neighbouring countries. This is the highest amount of outbound migration ever to be recorded in New Zealand. A large […]

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New Zealand Working holiday visa over 30

Is there a way to receive a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa if you are over 30 years? The short answer is “No, you can’t.“. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t go to New Zealand. Many people don’t realize that there are a lot more options to work in New Zealand except for […]

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