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Requirements

The first thing you will need to do is apply for a work permit. More information about applying and whether you will be eligible can be found at www.immigration.govt.nz/work/. On arrival in New Zealand, you will then need to get a tax number. Obtaining a tax number (IRD number) is pretty straight forward. You just need a couple of pieces of identification, i.e a international passport and a birth certificate. Once these two pieces of documentation are obtained you will be able to work in New Zealand legally.

Finding work

Finding work in the main cities is relatively easy (New Zealand currently has the lowest unemployment rate in years, 4%) if you are prepared to do anything or if you have a trade. I know here in Christchurch the majority of travellers I meet end up finding work usually within a week or two. Temp agencies (bottom of this page) are a good place to start. The pay rate is not too great here, unskilled work will bring you about $9 - $12 NZ dollars per hour.

Seasonal work

There is quite a lot of seasonal fruit picking work here in New Zealand, which depending on the season you shouldn't have to many problems getting work. Once again the pay rate isn't that great, although I haven't done this sort of work in about 8 years, the rate then was about $9 per hour, although if you are a hard (fast) worker you can make reasonable money picking on contract. Checkout www.seasonaljobs.co.nz

Location Type of orchards Time of Year
Kerikeri Kiwi fruit Early April - Mid May
Mandarin Late April - Mid June
Napier and Hastings Apples Mid Feb - Early May
Stone Fruits Dec - late Feb
Nelson / Motueka Apples thinning Nov
Apple picking Late Feb - May
Central Otago (Alexandra and Roxburgh) Apricots, nectarines, and peaches Early Jan - Late March
Cheeries Nov - Dec
Times vary slightly from year to year dependant on environmental conditions.
Thinning is pulling apples off the tree and dropping them on the ground to allow the rest to grow larger.

Please don't send me a email asking me to find you a job, I am not a employment agency or part of the immigration department, thanks.

Volunteer Work

There are a number of places that are looking for volunteer workers. WWOOF'ing (willing workers on organic farms) is a huge organisation and there are 100's of farms scattered throughout New Zealand looking for volunteers. Generally it involves working a few hours per day for food and accommodation.

The Department of Conservation have a list of current volunteer jobs posted on their site. Although doing volunteer work for DoC may actually cost you money, you may get to experience a unique part of New Zealand (look for jobs working on offshore islands).

http://www.conservationvolunteers.org.nz/
You could also try http://www.forest-bird.org.nz/

Do I need a work visa to do volunteer work? Apparently so! The government class any sort of work for gain as employment. I can only assume and hope that they have more important things to do than to chase down people working for a feed and a bed for the night, as I know the farmers will turn a blind eye.


New Zealand Job Sites

job.co.nz
Work and income agricultural and fishery workers job site
www.seek.co.nz
www.jobnet nz.co.nz
www.career.co.nz

www.jobuniverse.co.nz
www.nzjobs.co.nz


Temp Agencies

Auckland

Parker Bridge Recruitment - Specialist in Finance, Accounting, Banking and Office Support roles. - Level 11, ASB Bank Centre, Cnr Albert & Wellesley Street, Auckland. Ph: 09 377 3727
A1Jobs.CO.NZ - Level 1 1 Princes St Auckland Central Auckland. Phone: 0-9-379 7570
Adecco Personnel Limited - Auckland. Phone: 0-9-309 7572
Chefs R Us Ltd - Phone: 0800 243 377
Crown Recruitment - PO Box 300 494 Albany Auckland. Phone: 0-9-476 4036
Frog Recruitment Limited - Level 3 Cathedral House 48-52 Wyndham St Auckland. Phone: 0-9-362 0528
TMP/Hudson Global Resources - 1-7 The Strand PO Box 33-027 Takapuna Auckland. Phone: 0-9-486 7060
TMP/Hudson Global Resources - Level 6, Hewlett Packard House, Princess Wharf, Quay St PO Box 579 Auckland. Phone: 0-9-367 9000
Kelly Services (NZ) Ltd - Unit 1 23 Springs Rd East Tamaki Auckland. Phone: 0-9-273 5577
Match 2 Recruitment - Phone: 0508 628 242
Australia & New Zealand Migration Bureau (Visa Consultants) - Level 16 & 20 ASB Bank Centre 135 Albert St Auckland. Phone: 0-9-363 3304
netcheck - 54 Cook St Auckland. Phone: 0-9-378 7774
TMP/Hudson Global Resources - L1, 640 Great South Rd Penrose Private Bag 17 904 Greenlane Auckland. Phone: 0-9-526 0666
Pohlen Kean Ltd - Level 10, Phillips Fox Tower 209 Queen St Auckland. Phone: 0-9-357 0570
Neal Andrews and Associates Ltd - Level 9 FAI House 220 Queen St Auckland. Phone: 0-9-915 4858
Travellers Contact Point (NZ) Ltd - Ground Fl, Dingwall Bldg, 87 Queen St Auckland Central Auckland. Phone: 0-9-300 7197
Advance Personnel Ltd - Cnr Kolmar Rd & Eric Baker Pl Papatoetoe Auckland. Phone: 0-9-277 1740
CallCentre People Ltd - Telnet House Level 1 127 Hobson St Auckland Central Auckland. Phone: 0-9-913 4444
MultiSkill Ltd - Auckland. Phone: 0-9-430 0134
Schofield James & Linda - 535 Riddell Rd Glendowie Auckland. Phone: 0-9-575 7732
TAD - Technical Careers and Contracts - Level 7 105 Queen St Auckland Central Auckland. Phone: 0-9-309 9316
... 600+ more Auckland Temp Agencies (yellowpages)

Wellington

Parker Bridge Recruitment - Specialist in Finance, Accounting, Banking and Office Support roles. - Level 1, 326 Lambton Quay, Wellington. Ph: 04 472 4380
Absolute IT Recruitment Specialists - Level 3 National Chambers, 15 Johnston St Wellington PO Box 23-072 Cable Car Lane Wellington. Phone: 0-4-499 7848
Adecco Personnel Limited - Wellington. Phone: 0-4-499 0344
Alpha Personnel Recruitment Ltd - Level 10, Clayton Ford House, 132 The Terrace Wellington. Phone: 0-4-499 3270
Corporate I.T. Ltd - PO Box 24 537 Wellington. Phone: 0-4-499 5520
HR direction - PO Box 19 092 Wellington. Phone: 0-4-384 7623
TMP/Hudson Global Resources - L6, State Insurance Tower, BNZ Centre, 1 Willis St PO Box 2186 Wellington. Phone: 0-4-473 4073
TMP/Hudson Trade & Industrial - L2 Gibson Sheat Centre, cnr Margaret St & Queens Dve Lower Hutt Wellington. Phone: 0-4-587 1700
Icon Recruitment Ltd - Level 3 40 Johnston St Wellington. Phone: 0-4-472 1566
Jam - Jobs & More - PO Box 9377 Wellington. Phone: 0-4-384 1585
Kelly Services (NZ) Ltd - Level 2, Gaskin Avison House cnr Waterloo Rd & Queens Dve Lower Hutt. Phone: 0-4-569 5200
Match 2 Recruitment - 14 Laings Rd Lower Hutt. Phone: 0-4-570 0199
Mercury Consulting Group - Level 3, 1 Grey St PO Box 10-605 Wellington. Phone: 0-4-499 2624
Neal Andrews and Associates Ltd - Level 8, BDO House 99 Customhouse Qy Wellington. Phone: 0-4-499 1200
SearchWorks Ltd - Level 4, South British Building 326 Lambton Qy Wellington. Phone: 0-4-913 3700
Real Recruitment - Level 5, Wakefield House 90 The Terrace Wellington. Phone: 0-4-473 9050
Tradestaff - Level 1, 225 Thorndon Qy Wellington Central Wellington. Phone: 0-4-472 7898
Eden Health Recruitment - Level 4, 40 Johnston St PO Box 1769 Wellington. Phone: 0-4-496 5212
... ~100 more Wellington Temp Agencies (yellowpages)

Christchurch

Adecco Personnel Limited - 137 Victoria St Christchurch. Phone: 0-3-379 9060
Christchurch Nursing Bureau - PO Box 3957 Christchurch. Phone: 0-3-379 9732
Coverstaff International Ltd - 147 Hereford St Christchurch - 0-3-377 3992
Enterprise Recruitment - Level 12, 155 Worcester St Christchurch. Phone: 0-3-365 3112
Hospitality People Ltd The - PO Box 12242 Christchurch. Phone: 0-3-329 9900
TMP/Hudson Global Resources - Level 6, PricewaterhouseCoopers 119 Armagh St PO Box 4546 Christchurch. Phone: 0-3-379 9000
Kelly Services (NZ) Ltd - Level 10 PriceWaterhouseCoopers Centre 119 Armagh St Christchurch. Phone: 0-3-379 2963
Match 2 Recruitment - Christchurch Christchurch Call Free. Phone: 0508 628 242
Employment Waitaki - 42 A Thames St Oamaru. Phone: 0-3-434 5835
Australia & New Zealand Migration Bureau (Visa Consultants) - 366 Montreal St Christchurch. Phone: 0-3-377 4411
New Zealand Nursing Agency Ltd - Christchurch. Phone: 0-3-332 7407
New Zealand Preschool Personnel. Phone: 0800 735 438
Sheffield Ltd - Sheffield Ltd Level 20, 119 Armagh St Christchurch. Phone: 0-3-379 7334
Tradestaff - 370 Colombo St Christchurch. Phone: 0-3-377 8959
Triple0 Medical Recruitment - PO Box 19-956. Phone: 0800 150 009
Technical Recruitment Solutions Ltd. Phone: 0800 171 000
... ~80 more Christchurch / Canterbury Temp Agencies (yellowpages)

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