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    Default Hello!

    My wife and I are considering retiring in NZ. Although we have worked our whole life, and we probably always will, spending our remaining years in such a beautiful place with people we admire seems only logical. We have our own businesses and would like to continue there. So far we don't know what would be required of us, but we are anxious to find out. Any help would be appreciated.........Thanks Jay

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    Hi Jay,

    If you are looking to relocate your business to NZ, the Long Term Business Visa is probably what you need to look at. Check out the links for it on the left hand side, too. Other than that, you could look at the Investor Category .

    Apologies for removing your company adverts, but MTNZ has a strict advertisement policy in force to prevent the forum being swamped by folks advertising on here who have no intention to immigrate or connections with NZ. immigration
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    Thanks for the info Mother Bear. We're looking into that. I never thought about my web links, but your right, I could just imagine the abuse that could result. Appreciate your help....................Jay

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    NZ doesn't have a retiree category. Age will be your biggest issue. On the investor category you basically buy your way in. NZ as any country does wants immigrants that can contribute to the country not just live there. It looks you want to live there but run your businesses that are offshore. How does NZ benefit from that?

    Not trying to be negative but give you a little perspective on things.
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    Arrived NZ in 1997 from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

    "New Zealand isn't just a physical place it is a state of mind."

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    Default Hey Cliff!

    If New Zealand doesn't want old people, that's a good trick. Do they deport after a certain age, or is it Logan's Run (TV series from the sixties)? I mean I see why they wouldn't want to put a strain on their health care system. If we decide that we want to move out of the US, I would continue on with my businesses from right there. Mother Bear removed my web link for reasons I understand, but maybe this is OK sense I'm not selling anything.
    I can live anywhere and manufacture for shipping. But I pay taxes, if that counts. I have many skills besides woodworking, and have been in business for myself since 1975. I have also worked in television and movies in the art field.
    My web stats show that Australians and NZr's have been hitting on my site for years. If New Zealand doesn't want us, then there are other places that would be glad to accept us. I lived in Greece for three years, and loved it! I know there is no such place as paradise, they all have problems, only some worse then others. I am curious about your experience, and why you left. Thanks JB

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    I was under the impression that Jay and his wife want to bring their businesses to NZ, in which case they would be contributing to the economy, paying taxes and maybe providing jobs. But maybe I got it wrong?
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    Default No, you got it right!

    I have no intention of selling anything to anyone in this forum. I totally understand the need to restrict commercial use. But it was never my intent to sell anything, rather to illustrate my skills and the value of what I have to offer as a resident in NZ. The site (thornynorny) only shows who I am, my hobbies, art work, and my writing. The cable car innovations is to show my woodworking level of skill, and what I do as a business in hopes of meeting others there like myself. Anyone who builds furniture or cabinets or houses, would understand what kind of ability it takes to build a SF cable car. There is little or no chance of someone wanting to buy something so expensive over the internet, and I'm not trying too!
    Someone could say "Hey, we can use woodworkers with your talent here"! Or there are good woodworkers here to pick from should you need. Or we have a great art culture for those in the medium. But so far I'm not hearing anything except not to show my sites and what sounds like a unhappy ex-citizen. I need to converse with people who have similar situations and have succeeded or not. My wife and I are very serious about this, but it sounds like there are going to be issues with age and bank funds. If so I guess will keep looking, otherwise NZ is our first choice. Sorry if I'm giving you the wrong impression. Our motives are honorable..............Jay

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    I don't think anyone is accusing you of wanting to sell stuff on the forum, Jay. I removed your links because, generally, we try to discourage people putting links on here unless they are either NZ or immigration-related. You would be horrified at the amount of opportunists that try to put their links on forums like this, especially porn peddlers and mobile phone sellers. It's a full-time job deleting them all. Once they see someone has put a link on, they all pile in with their own. And it's not just about selling, it can include providing services and other activities unrelated to immigration.

    I believe, rightly or wrongly, that Cliff is under the impression you want to live in NZ but still run your companies in the US. This would be why he can't see the benefit to NZ when the country is trying to attract new business onto its shores.

    And a note to Cliff.... there is a fairly recent retirement category INZ has introduced, but it's called the Parent Retirement Category which obviously requires someone has an offspring in NZ and sufficient funds to qualify. Sounds very much like the Parent Sponsorship Category only with funds attached. The statement below, which is taken from that link, shows that INZ is looking to see what benefit we all are to the country's economy. - what we are likely to be able to give back if we are granted residency.

    Parent Retirement Category applications will be prioritised, in recognition of the benefit to the economy they are expected to bring.
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    Default Thanks for re-explaining

    I'm a little thick headed, but I've got it now. I know how bad it is. I will move on from here. The best to you...............JB

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