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Can I do unpaid work while working in New Zealand?

Depending what work visa you hold, you may be able to do volunteer work while in New Zealand.

If your work visa specifies an employer, occupation or region, any volunteer work must be in addition to the paid work you undertake. You must not expect or receive gain or reward for the volunteer work you do.

If your work visa does not specify an employer, occupation or region, you may undertake volunteer work.

Gain or reward is any payment or benefit that can be valued in terms of money. Examples include:

  • accommodation, such as board or lodging
  • goods, such as food or clothing
  • services, such as transport
  • work experience or training.

If your intention is to receive gain or reward, or you do not have control over the time and amount of work you do, you are not considered to be a volunteer.

More information about volunteer work