Information for New Zealand students

Start your Career at NZMA

Welcome to NZMA, specialists in hospitality, cookery, business, retail, construction and contact centre training. If you want a future in one of these dynamic industries you’ve come to the right place.

NZMA qualifications are highly respected by employers across the country. We’ve got industry-experienced tutors, NZQA-accredited courses and top-notch facilities. And you can kiss goodbye to boring classrooms. At NZMA you’ll study in state-of-the-art bar and front-of-house training areas, fully-functioning student run cafes, construction workshops, campus retail shops, real-life contact centre –style classrooms and business suites kitted out with the latest industry equipment.

quality-assuredWhat’s more, our free NZMA Careers employment service will help you land the job of your dreams afterwards!

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Our Courses

NZMA has the ideal course to get you started in hospitality, cookery, business, contact centre, retail or construction.

Thanks to our wide range of industry-respected certificates and diplomas, you’ll graduate with everything you need to get ahead in your chosen field. With a strong focus on practical skills and authentic training environments for every programme, an NZMA qualification will set you firmly on the path to success.

  • For a career that’s rewarding and fun, hospitality is where it’s at.  NZMA’s diverse range of hospitality courses will take you wherever you want to go. 

    Study hospitality

  • If food is your passion, make a career out of it. NZMA’s cooking school has all the right ingredients to get you started in this exciting industry.  

    Study Cookery

  • Keen on business?  Our wide range of business courses will teach you all you need to know, from basic admin right through to management.  

    Study Business

  • Like talking on the phone? Then make a career out of it!  NZMA’s contact centre qualification will teach you how.  

    Study Contact Centres

  • Whether you want to be a retail assistant or a store manager, our retail courses will get you out of the classroom and into the shops in no time.

    Study Retail

  • Gain the building blocks to a career in construction with Wintec’s 40-week Certificate in Building, now available at NZMA Otahuhu. 

    Study Construction

  • Do you love working with children, caring for infants, practical learning and developing potential in others? One of our Early Childhood Education programmes is for you!

    Study Early Childhood

  • Looking for something different from school? If you’re aged between 16 and 19, NZMA may have just what you need.  

    Study for free

Jobs

Land your dream job with NZMA Careers

NZMA Careers is our dedicated team of employment specialists. They’ll teach you valuable job hunting skills (like CV writing and interview techniques) and help you find part-time work while you study and full-time work after you graduate. NZMA Careers has partnerships with many of New Zealand’s leading employers – you’ll meet lots of them through our seminars, career days, work experience opportunities and industry functions. At NZMA it’s not only about qualifications. We know you want to get a good job at the end of your studies, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. At NZMA, our job finishes when yours starts.

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General Information

We hope you find this information useful. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to call us on 0800 222 833 or send us an email.

Accommodation

If you’re moving to Auckland or Hamilton from out of town to study with us (or you’re just plain itching to move out of home), we can help you find accommodation. Flatting is usually the cheapest option. If you move into an already-established flat you probably won’t have to put your name on the tenancy agreement. This makes it easier to move out when you want to.

Here are some great websites to get you started:

If you’d prefer to rent a property yourself, StudyLink may be able to help with start-up costs like the bond. Once you’ve found a property you’re interested in, book an appointment with them. Prepare a budget to show them so they can see whether or not you can afford to pay the rent. Also take in your tenancy agreement. A tenancy agreement (or lease) is a binding contract, so it’s important you don’t sign anything (or even verbally agree to anything) until you’re sure it’s what you want. There are two types of leases – fixed term or periodical. In a fixed term lease you’re responsible for the property (and paying the rent) for the agreed time period. If your circumstances change and you need to move out, it’s still up to you to pay the rent until you find someone the property manager agrees to, who is willing to take over the lease. With a periodical lease, you just need to give three weeks notice if you want to move out.

For more information about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant check out http://www.dbh.govt.nz/tenancy-index or call 0800 tenancy (838362) Take a look at these websites for some good rental properties: www.realestate.co.nz www.trademe.co.nz (property)

Student Support

The Phoenix Program: Strengthen your Life Skills. To help you focus on your learning, NZMA offers presentations and guest speakers with expertise in a variety of fields. These presentations will boost your knowledge in areas like budgeting, health and wellbeing and effective communication. They will also highlight different New Zealand laws and regulations, like our tax system and employment law.

Student Counselling

If you are experience any issues that you feel are hindering your learning journey, please contact your Student Enrolment Advisor.

As well as asking your student advisors for referral information, you might like to contact some places yourself:

Helpful Agencies

As well as asking your Student Enrolment Advisors for referral information, you might like to contact some places yourself:

Citizens Advice Bureau – their lovely staff will help you find what you’re looking for and they have an onsite Justice of the Peace, who can verify copies of important documents. Phone 0800 367222.

Department of Building and Housing

Tenancy advice line - usually when you go flatting in New Zealand you have to sign a contract, or a lease. If you have any questions about your rights and regulations as a tenant, contact your NZMA Student Enrolment Advisor or call the tenancy phone line: Call 0800 TENANCY (0800 83 62 62).

YouthLaw – for free answers to your legal questions phone 0800 UTHLAW (884 529).

Student Enrolment Advisors: Each NZMA Campus has a team of Student Enrolment Advisors to make sure you succeed in your studies and achieve your goals. 

Click here to meet the student support advisors at your nearest NZMA Campus.

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Each scholarship is awarded twice a year, in April and September. Click here for the Scholarship Application Form Refund Policy for Domestic Students

How to Apply

  • Applying is super-easy – and we’re here to help you every step of the way! First off, give one of our Student Emrolment Advisors a call on 0800 222 833 to have a chat about a course that interests you
  • The whole process only takes about an hour – it could be the most life-changing hour you ever spend! Your Student Enrolment Advisor will stay in touch with you during the weeks before your course starts. If you have any problems, they are there to help.

Paying out a refund

  • If a student withdraws within eight working days of their course starting they’ll be refunded all their tuition fees, less $500.
  • If a student withdraws on day nine or later of the course, they would only be eligible for a refund in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Director of the General Manager, Tertiary.
  • Students must submit their application for a refund within one month of the last day they attended. No refund will be made if the student has been expelled, wants to transfer to another school, or has not filled out an accurate enrolment application and has had their contract terminated.

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Paying out a refund

  • If NZMA receives student fees via an education consultant or directly from a member of a student’s family, we’ll endeavour to refund fees to the party that paid them.
  • If we’re aware that a student has obtained a bank loan to attend NZMA, we’ll endeavour to refund fees to the relevant lending bank unless otherwise instructed by that bank.
  • Any refund of fees which were paid by a student loan will be paid directly to StudyLink.

Homestay Fee Refunds

Students are entitled to either give two weeks notice or forfeit two weeks of homestay fees. The remainder of the fees will then be refunded to the student.

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