NZ ranks 3rd overall in Mercer's 2016 Quality of Living Survey

Mercer’s authoritative survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive, and is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other employers to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. New Zealand and Australia have some of the highest quality of living worldwide. Auckland ranks 3rd globally, Sydney 10th, Wellington 12th, and Melbourne 15th. For personal safety, Pacific cities also rank high, with Auckland and Wellington sharing 9th place. Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney share 25th place.


Ralph Stewart, CEO of Lifetime Asset Management, believes New Zealand will continue to attract migrants and has launched a New Zealand Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) designed for investors with funds originating from UK pension schemes.

Lifetime Asset Management is the manager of the innovative Lifetime Income Fund.  “After establishing the Lifetime Income Fund, we have expanded our retirement focus to include UK ex-pats and now offer schemes eligible for international pension transfers. The latest offer, the Garrison Bridge Superannuation Scheme (Garrison Bridge) was one of the first QROPS to be launched under the Financial Markets Conduct Act.”

“The local QROPS market has been in a state of disruption, partly due to new positive improvements in NZ legislation and ongoing UK changes”, says Stewart, “Our position as long term retirement income specialists allows us to support multiple options for QROPS transfers and investors switching from current schemes.”

Garrison Bridge received its QROPS registration earlier this week. The Product Disclosure Statement is available by contacting the manager, Lifetime Asset Management, or at


Dai Eveleigh, Director, Garrison Bridge