A special programme run by Dominion English Schools prepares students entering New Zealand on working holiday visas for working life and finding a job. Offered in Auckland and Christchurch, the programme gives students the English they will need to get work in New Zealand. They receive help in finding a job and advice on practical issues such as minimum wages, tax rates, health benefits, workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities.
New Zealand has signed working holiday agreements for people aged 18 - 30 years with
22 countries. On October 12, 2004, New Zealand became the first country to sign a Working Holiday Scheme with the Czech Republic. Under the scheme, Czechs without children and who are between 18 and 30 years old can work in New Zealand for up to 12 months.
From July 2005, the New Zealand regulations for working holiday visas will change. There will be no limit on the number of working holiday visas issued to young people from the UK, Germany, Sweden and Netherlands, and 10,000 extra visas will be available for citizens of Canada, US, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland and Italy.