If you’re studying a course longer than one year, you can work during the summer holidays and up to 20 hours a week during the academic year. You’ll need a ‘variation of conditions’ to your student permit. This is issued by Immigration New Zealand. A fee may apply.
These rules don’t apply if you’re a postgraduate student or need to get work experience in order to fulfil course requirements.
For more information, visit the international office of your institution or contact Immigration New Zealand, on (09) 914 4100 if you are in Auckland, or freephone 0508 558 855 from elsewhere in New Zealand. You can also visit their website [www.immigration.govt.nz]
Everybody who works in New Zealand must pay tax on the income they earn. See New Zealand’s Tax System.
Strict laws set out the responsibilities of workers and employers.
For more information contact the Department of Labour.
Student Job Search is a national organisation that helps students find work. It has offices on most campuses. For jobs such as working in a restaurant or bar, or doing manual labour, you could expect to earn about NZ$13 to $16 an hour, before tax.