New Zealand

Riding out a food crisis in New Zealand

December 9, 2010
Picton, New Zealand

The ferry from Wellington across the Cook Strait to New Zealand's beautiful south island was a bit rough today. I've mentioned before that I'm not particularly seaworthy, so I asked my friend Chris, a New Zealand native, to step in today on my behalf and give you a bit of his local perspective.

Chris is an international investor like me, and we share a common outlook on[...] Click here to continue reading

A good reason to head to New Zealand

May 20, 2010
Quad Cities, IA, USA

The New Zealand government just announced something that I find rather surprising... but a step in the right direction. Concerned about debt levels, both public and private, they've announced changes to the tax code which encourage savings and investment, and discourage consumption.

Specifically, the government is planning measures which cut and simplify income tax rates, ranging from 10.5% to 33% (down from as high as 38%).[...] Click here to continue reading

7 hard truths about New Zealand

April 1, 2010
Panama City, Panama

No place is perfect. There's not a single country on the planet that is a total paradise, so prospective expats need to be willing to make compromises and trade-offs.

Naturally, it's much better to be well-informed in advance about the challenges and limitations about a particular country... it's easy to tout the positives, but finding objective information about a country's negative aspects can be difficult to find.
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The best second passports if you’re interested in Asia

March 25, 2010
Tokyo, Japan

About 20-years ago, many of the world's sovereign nations started down an interesting path.  Region by region, governments formed supranational free trade blocs in order to facilitate economic growth.

Supranational organizations were nothing new... from the failed League of Nations after the Great War to the UN and NATO, large multi-country blocs had been formed in the past, but usually for political purposes or military alliances.

Conceived[...] Click here to continue reading

A new immigration category in New Zealand

March 17, 2010
Pattaya, Thailand

In response to your feedback on last week's missive about New Zealand, I've once again asked my friend Mark, who is living there locally now, to pen a few words about the country's immigration policies in response to your questions:

First off, thanks to all of Simon's readers for the feedback. I need to point out that I am not a licensed immigration professional. The government of New[...] Click here to continue reading

Is New Zealand all hype?

March 9, 2010
Pattaya, Thailand

First of all, thanks for all the well-wishes for my speedy recovery. I'm feeling much better today, no doubt due to this exotic root that my ladies have been giving me. I haven't asked what it is yet, but rest assured I will be traveling with it from now on.

Since I'm still a bit groggy from my illness, though, I thought today would be the perfect time[...] Click here to continue reading

Six speeding tickets for a second passport

I spent a couple of days this week in a fast BMW with Matt, my friend and business partner. We had a meeting in southern Spain yesterday with a key figure in the world of second passports, and we raced at speeds up to 250 km/h so that we could make the meeting and bring you some tremendously valuable information.

It came at a price-- six speeding tickets in total, mostly across the south[...] Click here to continue reading