Code of Practice
When you study in New Zealand, it’s the job of your education provider to make sure you’re well informed, safe and properly cared for. That’s why the New Zealand government has developed a Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code). NZMA is a signatory to the Code, which provides a framework for service delivery by education providers and their agents to international students. The Code sets out minimum standards of advice and care that you can expect and tells you what you need to do if you’re not happy about the treatment you receive from your school or agent.
The Code is here to make sure:
high professional standards are maintained
- student recruitment and contractual dealings are conducted ethically and responsibly
- students are given comprehensive, accurate information before committing to anything
- the particular needs of international students are recognised
- international students are in safe accommodation
- all providers have fair and equitable internal procedures to resolve any grievances
Want a closer look?
Ask us and we’ll send you a Summary of the Code of Practice. Or download a full copy of the Code of Practice here. It’s in several different languages.
Living and Food Costs in New Zealand
When planning your trip, allow about $250-$300 a week for food and living. Here’s just a few of the weekly costs you might have (in NZD):
- Homestay (includes breakfast and dinner) $220
- Rent (shared house/apartment) $180-$250
- Transportation (bus/train) $30 without subsidy
- Entertainment $30
- Clothing $20 (depending on needs)
- Telephone $20 (Cell phone)
- Sports and hobbies $20
- Cinema ticket $20
New Zealand is a melting-pot of different cultures, which means you can enjoy food from all over the world while you’re here! The cheapest place to shop is usually the large supermarket chains, although you can get some great deals on fresh produce from local fruit and vegetable shops. New Zealand meat (including halal) can also be bought from local butcheries at competitive prices, and there are a host of locally-run ethnic stores. It’s much cheaper to buy food and cook at home than to eat out.
To estimate how much your weekly food budget would be go to http://shop.countdown.co.nz to search for prices on food items. Compare the following items with eating out:
- Bread $2- $4
- Milk (1 litre) $2.50 - $3
- Butter (500g) $ 5
- Cheese 250g $5
- Rice (1kg) $2.50
- Takeaway meal (i.e. hamburger) $8 - $10
- Café lunch $12 counter service
- Café lunch @ Cafe Fusion (NZMA Cafe) $3.50 - $6
- Café style cup of coffee $4.50
- Café style cup of coffee @ Cafe Fusion $2.00
- Ethnic meal e.g. Chinese, Korean @ food court - $7 - $10
The Phoenix Program:
Strengthen your Life Skills To help you focus on your learning, we offer presentations and guest speakers with expertise in a variety of areas. 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.
All NZMA students have access to free counselling for any personal and psychological issues. These issues can be explored safely with Amy Prebble, a professional counsellor and NZMA’s Student Support Coordinator. This service is 100% confidential. Amy can also refer students to counsellors who speak their first language.
Helpful agencies/ organisations/services:
As well as asking 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 NZMA’s Student Support Coordinator Amy Prebble or call the tenancy phone line: Call 0800 TENANCY (0800 83 62 62). Language support is available.
YouthLaw - for free answers to your legal questions phone 0800 UTHLAW (884 529). East Tamaki Healthcare (ETHC) – for medical assistance handy to NZMA’s Sylvia Park Campus phone (09) 573 1265 or (09) 2747823 (after hours). Alternatively check out their website at ethc.co.nz or go to http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/doctors/gp/east-tamaki-healthcare-ethc-sylvia-park/
New Zealand Policy Updates
Keep up-to-date with the latest policy changes. We’ve taken care to ensure these summaries are accurate, but please contact Immigration New Zealand for the most up-to-date information. No more cash or EFTPOS All Immigration New Zealand onshore branches and most offshore branches no longer accept cash or EFTPOS as a form of payment for application fees. For payment options, check out the office and fees finder at www.immigration.govt.nz. Only Beijing, Dubai, Jakarta, Moscow and Shanghai branches still accept cash.
Work while you study
You’re allowed to work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) while you study at NZMA and full-time during Summer school holidays. Click HERE to read the latest from Immigration New Zealand about working while you study. NZMA Careers will work with you for FREE to help you get a great job.
Graduate Work Permits
Once you’ve successfully graduated from NZMA you can apply for a 12-month Graduate Work Permit. Click HERE to find out all the details! What’s more, you don’t have to line up in queues at Immigration New Zealand anymore. NZMA is now authorized to process Online Visa Applications, so you can do it all on campus through our Student Services Centre!
Lots of our students go “flatting” (share a house) with friends and classmates. If you want an already established flat that’s looking for a flatmate or roommate check out these great websites:www.flatfinder.co.nz
If you want to rent an entire apartment or house in Auckland, you’ll need to go through a real estate website or agency. Try http://www.realestate.co.nz/rental
Please note: In New Zealand the Residential Tenancy Act of 1984 legislates the rights and responsibilities of landlords (property owners/agents) and tenants (person renting/boarding). It ensures arrangements are safe and ethical. This law DOES NOT apply when:
You’re living with the property owner and five other boarders or less (In this case, ask for the contract to include a clause that says the Residential Tenancy Act will apply). There are disputes between tenants (rather than between the landlord and tenant). If there’s a problem that can’t be resolved, you can contact the Ministry of Justice Disputes Tribunal. They’ll listen to the problem and make a legally binding decision. For more information check out: http://www.dbh.govt.nz/tenancy-index http://www.justice.govt.nz/tribunals/disputes-tribunal