Resources for you

When you recruit migrant employees there is a lot you need to learn about each other. Use these resources to plan your recruitment and manage your new employee’s arrival into your workforce.

Communicating with migrant employees


We designed Worktalk to help improve communication between New Zealand employers or managers and new migrant employees from other cultures.

Worktalk: NZ Workplace Communication

The Employer Toolkit

The topics in this booklet highlight the differences in communication styles between New Zealanders and other cultures. Understanding the differences reduces the potential for incorrect first impressions.

The Employer Toolkit PDF 3MB

Employer toolkit: Pacific migrants

A set of 12 cards for employers with practical advice for helping Pacific migrants settle in to the workplace.

The Employer toolkit | Pacific migrants PDF 4MB

Understanding migration

The settlement curve

The settlement curve is an easy-to-follow outline of the six stages most new migrants go through. Understanding the curve can help both the employer and employee manage the stages as a natural part of a successful settlement.

The workplace settlement model

The model is a simple diagram that illustrates how the different parts of a migrant employee’s new life will fit together. You can support your employee to become a high-performing staff member.

All new employees require integrating into your workplace, but new migrant employees are also trying to get to grips with integrating into New Zealand.

To get the best from them, you can support their efforts to integrate into the community as well as your workplace. Building a sense of belonging for them and their family will lead to a well-settled, high-performing employee.

A welcome that works

View a short video that introduces how to settle an employee well. It’s an excellent resource to play to a workforce before a new migrant arrives.

Video — A welcome that works(2:42)


Resources for employers of Filipino migrant workers

When you recruit from the Philippines you must follow the legal requirements of both the New Zealand and Philippine governments. This guide outlines the requirements for employing workers from the Philippines.

Are you recruiting migrant workers from the Philippines? What you need to know PDF 2MB

Resources for specific industries

Aged care

This guide contains information about some of the differences and insights that will help you settle your new migrant workers into your workplace and maximise their contribution.

Are you employing migrant aged care workers?


New migrant workers may need some extra support from their employers, particularly at the start. This guide sets out what you need to know.

Are you employing migrant construction workers?


Practical tips and tools to help employers who recruit migrant workers into the dairy industry.

Are you employing migrant dairy farm workers?


Work is such an important part of many new migrants’ lives here, and you, as an employer, have a key part to play. This guide will help you support migrant staff so they want to stay and contribute further to the success of your business.

Are you employing migrant hospitality workers?


How to order resources

To order printed settlement resources, complete the order form (minimum order 10 items):

Print resources portal

Resources for your employees

If you want further settlement resources, we have resources and websites for your migrant staff.

Resources for your employees