Being an Au Pair in New Zealand is possible thanks to a Working Holiday visa. Therefore, the regulations about working hours, payment and else might vary. To make it a little easier for our users, we have gathered the following information.
Au Pair responsibilities in New Zealand
Living abroad with a Host Family in New Zealand will help Au Pairs to improve their English and to explore breathtaking landscapes. But all program benefits come with some responsibilities. The main task of an Au Pair is to take care of the children, drive them to school and pick them up, prepare some small meals and play with them.
Au Pairs will also have to help with some light housework. For example: emptying the dishwasher, cleaning the table after dinner and getting the kids’ things ready before going to school. To avoid possible misunderstandings during the stay, include detailed description of the duties in the contract.
Host Family duties in New Zealand
Host Families in New Zealand have the following responsibilities:
The family needs to be a guide for their Au Pair, explain the new culture and language and help their Au Pair adapt to their lifestyle. Normally, the family invites the participant to share the meals and take part in family celebrations. They also support their Au Pair during the Working Holiday visa application process.
Working hours might vary depending on the Host Family’s needs. In general, Au Pairs in New Zealand work between 30 to 35 hours per week. This includes babysitting and should allow the Au Pair to attend a language or culture course.
Au Pair salary in New Zealand
Au Pairs in New Zealand receive between 150 - 280 NZD per week. This depends on the working hours and the tasks. The participants need this money to cover some personal miscellaneous expenses. The Au Pairs should also receive salary during illness and vacation time. After you have agreed on the payment formalities, include them into the agreement.
During the stay, Au Pairs will normally have two free days per week. Since the program in New Zealand works through a Working Holiday visa, there are no official regulations about the vacation policy. We recommend a 20 days holiday during a one year stay. It corresponds to the annual leave of the employees in New Zealand. Be sure to include this point in the contract and talk about it during the first interview.
The Au Pair is a temporary family member, therefore the Host Family has to provide the participant with accommodation and full board during the stay. That also includes sick days, weekends and free time. The room must be private and have the required conditions to live there.
Plan the weekly schedule in a way that will allow the Au Pair to attend a language or culture course. Although learning the language is one of the main goals of the Au Pair program, New Zealand does not establish attending a language course as an official regulation.
Au Pairs need to register at the foreign office during the first week after their arrival in New Zealand.
Host Families should contact the responsible foreign office to clear any doubts regarding local visa regulations.
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