A Guide to Living, Studying and Working in New Zealand
Studying in New Zealand
Learn about studying, living, working and enjoying all that New Zealand has to offer. These websites provide information on the New Zealand education system, what you can expect as an international student and processes for obtaining a student visa.
Study New Zealand - The official Government site for advice and information on studying abroad in New Zealand
NZ Ready – Immigration New Zealand
A General Introduction to New Zealand
What New Zealand Offers - A Tourism New Zealand guide to places to visit and great things to see and do while studying, working and living in New Zealand.Tourism New Zealand
Getting Around - Public transport options and information
Weather, Climate and Seasons - New Zealand has a mild climate and ranges from subtropical in the north to temperate in the south.
Culture, Etiquette and Customs - New Zealanders are known for being generally relaxed and friendly. Like all countries we have our own customs and ways of doing things which may seem strange when your first arrive. These links will help you learn about New Zealand and its people so you know what to expect.
Understanding English Language in New Zealand – including everyday slang and accents
Migrant Connect -A service for those new to New Zealand or just needing some support getting settled.
Family Services - A directory of service providers that can help you and your family.
Ethnic Communities - A register of ethnic community organisations and support services.
Community Law - Free legal help throughout New Zealand
Staying Healthy and Keeping Safe
We want to make sure you stay healthy and keep safe while studying with us.
International students should be aware that if they have existing health care needs, for example medication, then they should ensure that the medication is (a) available in New Zealand, (b) legal to transport to New Zealand, (c) an illegal or controlled substance in New Zealand, (d) an over the counter medication, or (e) a prescription medication.
All students with medical need or wishing to bring medication to New Zealand should check their medication using the following links:
To ensure you have knowledge of, and access to the full range of Health and Safety services in New Zealand - including medical and accident services, support services for your mental health and emotional well being, and what to do in an emergency including natural disasters please read more.....
Medical & Travel Insurance
Professional health care in New Zealand is not free to international students who are living in New Zealand on a Student Visa.
The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 ("The Code") requires international students in New Zealand to have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance for the duration of their visa. Read more...
Repatriation Insurance in the Event of Sudden Death or Illness
Kalandra recommends that all current students and staff who are not New Zealand citizens or permanent residents take out insurance to cover the cost of repatriation to their home country in the event of their death by accident or through sudden illness.
In the event that a current student or staff member does not have appropriate insurance for such circumstances Kalandra undertakes to pay the costs of repatriation to their home country.
Money and Mobile Connection
Money Matters All banks operating in New Zealand must be registered with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Getting Connected Mobile phone and Internet costs and options
Fund Transfer Scheme
Funds Transfer Scheme for Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan and Filipino students
ANZ works with Immigration New Zealand to help students from China, India, Philippines and Sri Lanka organise their banking in New Zealand. read more...
Fee Protection for Students
The New Zealand Government requires that all private training establishments registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), have some form of protection for fees paid to them in advance. These requirements are outlined in the New Zealand Qualifications Authority Student Fee Protection Policy.
Kalandra Education Group uses the Public Trust. read more...
Accommodation & Living Costs
There is a wide range of Accommodation in New Zealand to suit all budgets. Living costs will vary depending upon your lifestyle.
If you are an International Student, the Department of Immigration NZ requires you to have a minimum of $17,000 per year (full year programmes) in order to have sufficient money to live in New Zealand. This is in addition to your tuition fees.
Kalandra Education Group does not organize your accommodation or homestay for you but (upon request) will inspect all accommodation to ensure it is suitable.
For information on finding a suitable place to live, your rights and obligations as a tenant in New Zealand and what to do if there is a dispute Read more...
Working in New Zealand - What You Need To Know
All employees in New Zealand are protected by New Zealand employment law. This includes the right to have a written employment contract specifying your employee duties and the terms of your employment; wages at no less than the legal minimum pay rate; rest and meal breaks during your work day, annual leave, public holidays and sick leave. You are entitled to receive fair treatment, training and support, and to a safe workplace where you are protected from discrimination because of your age, any disability, ethnicity or religious beliefs. Read more ...
Location New Zealand
Lying in the south-west Pacific, New Zealand consists of two main islands - the North Island and the South Island. Stewart Island and many smaller islands lie offshore. read more...
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, most diverse city and main transport hub. The region is home to some 1.5 million people and is also the largest Polynesian city in the world. Auckland’s diverse landscapes provide countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills, read more...
Last updated: 3rd December 2020