Settlement services we support

Immigration New Zealand provides reliable information for prospective migrants and new migrants already in New Zealand. We fund Non-Government Organisations to provide settlement information services. We also fund services for employers to help them recruit, settle and retain migrants.

Information services for migrants

New Zealand Now

INZ is responsible for providing accurate and accessible information to new migrants. INZ developed the New Zealand Now website as the key knowledge source for information on living and working in New Zealand. It includes both national and regional information, and lists places where migrants can get support to settle.

New Zealand Now

Citizens Advice Bureau New Zealand

Citizens Advice Bureau New Zealand (CABNZ) provides a face-to-face service that offers new migrants settlement information. This service is funded by INZ and is offered nationwide at 30 CABNZ offices.

Their services include seminars and workshops to inform new migrants about life in New Zealand. CABNZ also runs the Language Link service, which offers information by phone in more than 20 languages.

Citizens Advice Bureau New Zealand

CABNZ offers a Language Link service

Chinese New Settlers Services Trust

The Chinese New Settlers Services Trust is funded to provide bi-lingual settlement information to Chinese migrants.  The service is provided in centres across Auckland. 

Chinese Settlement Information Services

Work Connect

Work Connect is a free programme offered by the Tertiary Education Commission Careers Directorate and is an initiative in support of the New Zealand Government’s Migrant Settlement and Integration Strategy which is led by Immigration New Zealand.

The programme offers a combination of group workshops and one-to-one coaching to help migrants get work ready for New Zealand’s job market.

The programme covers job hunting and interview skills to help migrants make a good impression with New Zealand employers.

The Work Connect programme is available in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. The programme is open to graduate international students, skilled resident migrants and their partners. Some eligibility criteria applies.

0800 222 733  |  Ask about Work Connect

Work Connect programme | Careers New Zealand website

Regional services

New Kiwis Career Success workshops

For Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty

Auckland Chamber of Commerce provides the New Kiwi Career Success employment and job search assistance programme that helps to match employers with job-seeking skilled migrants looking for employment. With the support of the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce, the programme is available in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. The Auckland Chamber also manages the New Kiwis website, which matches eligible skilled migrants with vacancies advertised by registered employers nationwide. Employers can also use the site to select registered migrants from offshore who have the skills they need.

To register for all regions:

Phone: 0800 709 907

Email: nkcs@chamber.co.nz

New Kiwis Career Success Course

Regional Newcomers Skills Matching and Job Search Assistance

Auckland/Waikato/Wellington/Canterbury/Southland

Provided by Chambers of Commerce, and economic and community development organisations.

The Regional Newcomer Skills Matching and Job Search Assistance programme helps employers recruit work-ready skilled migrants from within their region.  The programme maintains a growing database of eligible skilled migrants and their partners that are work-ready and keen to establish themselves in New Zealand in roles that match their skills and qualifications.

Services that support employers of migrants

Most migrants come to a job when they arrive in New Zealand. Employers who have been unable to hire qualified New Zealanders turn to the skills that migrants offer. Despite that, there are still migrants looking for work. These are often the partners of skilled migrants, international students and, in some cases, their partners and some temporary migrants’ partners.

INZ provides a range of print and online resources to help employers attract, settle and retain migrants' skills in their workplace.

INZ provides funding for newcomer skills matching and job search assistance programmes to help skilled newcomers and their partners find employment that matches their skills and qualifications, with employers that are seeking skilled employees to grow their business.

Auckland

Auckland Chamber of Commerce offers employment seminars and workshops that support job-seeking migrants. The Chamber also operates the New Kiwis website, which matches eligible skilled migrants with vacancies nationwide. Employers can select migrants from offshore who have skills they need, or migrants already in New Zealand who have an appropriate work visa.

Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Waikato

Hamilton Multicultural Services

Phone: +64-7-853-2192

Email: jackier@hmstrust.org.nz

Helping skilled migrants find employment in New Zealand | HMS Trust website

Wellington

The Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce offers a Skilled Newcomers Programme, which helps employers recruit work-ready skilled migrants. The programme offers seminars to recent migrants to help them understand the New Zealand work environment.

Phone: +64-4-470-9940

Email: skills@wecc.org.nz

Wellington Chamber of Commerce website

Skilled Newcomers Programme | Chamber of Commerce website

Canterbury

The Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce provides job-matching and workshop services to local employers to help them recruit available, work-ready migrants and to help those migrants understand the Kiwi workplace and community.

Phone: 0800-50-50-96

Email: kellyw@cecc.org.nz

Job-matching assistance for migrants | Skills Connect Canterbury

Assistance for employers | Skills Connect Canterbury

Southland

Phone: +64-3-211-9101

Email: therese@venturesouthland.co.nz

Working in Southland

Venture Southland Trust Board