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Working in New Zealand

Great Career & Employment Opportunities

Following their New Zealand studies, students of "The New World Class" are paving successful career paths around the world. Their New Zealand qualifications are providing the skill-sets requires for career development.

You can select the course of your interest and have along drive towards the career of you choice.

How are the Career Opportunities within New Zealand?

Some of our international students, upon completion of their New Zealand qualification, have built great careers within New Zealand itself.

You can view "The New World Class" section of mynzed.com for international alumni's stories.

International Success

Once you have strong base of undergraduate education, students can looking for world quality programmes that will give them the "edge" in the world job market, Bright and career oriented students can build a global reputation.

Working in New Zealand after Graduation

For students and graduates interested in the career opportunities New Zealand offers, you can refer to www.immigration.govt.nz for information on work permits, New Zealand residency, etc.

Employment Options???

If you are going for a three-year course, you are allowed to work during the summer holidays and up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. You will need a ''variation of conditions'' to your student permit. This is issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service. A fee may be charged.

These rules do not apply if you are a postgraduate student or need to get work experience in order to fulfil course requirements.

Strict Labour Legislation

Strict legislation spells out your responsibilities and those of your employer. Employers must not take advantage of or mistreat employees. There is a minimum adult wage, and regulations for holiday pay and health and safety in the workplace. There is no disparity of sexes. Men and women receive equal pay for doing the same job.

Taxes in New Zealand

Everybody who works in New Zealand must pay tax on what they earn. But the system is very clear and easily understandable.

Taxable income
Tax rate for every $1 of taxable income (excluding ACC earners' levy)
Tax rate for every $1 of taxable income(including ACC earners' levy *)
up to $38,000
19.5 cents
20.9 cents
$38,001 to $60,000 inclusive
33 cents
34.4 cents
$60,001 and over
39 cents
40.4 cents
No declaration **
45 cents
46.4 cents

For more information, visit http://www.ird.govt.nz

Job Search

Student Job Search is a national organisation that helps students find work. It has offices on tertiary institution campuses. For student jobs, such as working in a restaurant or bar, food joints or doing manual labour, you could expect to earn about $20 per hour but you have to pay taxes on that also.

Concept of Permanent Residence

New Zealand citizenship gives you the same rights as people born in New Zealand, including the right to have a New Zealand passport. All citizenship procedures and enquiries are handled by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs.translation.There are two options for skilled workers to apply for New Zealand residence; the Skilled Migrant Category and the Work to Residence policy. For workers, the Skilled Migrant Category is the most direct pathway to residence in New Zealand. It is designed to make sure that those migrating to New Zealand have the skills that the country needs in a time of low unemployment and skill shortages.

This category works on a points system. Points are earned on the basis of an applicant's qualifications, work experience, age, and job or job offer in New Zealand. Bonus points can be earned if their job, job offer, or experience is in an industry which has been identified as having a skills shortage or growth potential. People who have held a Work permit under the Talent Work policy may apply for New Zealand residence under the Work to Residence policy after they have been working here for two years. Some people who hold a Talent Work permit may also earn enough points to apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant category. They could apply under the Skilled Migrant if they didn't want to wait the two year period to qualify for residence under the Work to Residence policy.

People who wish to invest in New Zealand or establish a business here can apply for Work permits under the Long Term Business category and Residence under the Entrepreneur and Investor categories.

People who have close family in New Zealand may be able to get residence through one of the Family categories. New Zealand also grants residence to a limited number of refugees and people from certain Pacific island nations, each year.