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Being an au pair in New Zealand


THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED IN 2011


IMPORTANT (2011): THIS PAGE IS BEING UPDATED. FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO THE OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITE FOR EACH COUNTRY.


Employment requirements and conditions for au pairs and nannies change on a regular basis in every country. Please note it is YOUR responsibility to check the most up-to-date information on government websites. Thank you!


  • Age: between 18 and 30 years
  • Salary (Pocket money): Minimum AU$150-180 / week, depending on the type of work
  • Number of hrs to work and days off: Au pairs work 20-45 hours per week and should also be given at least two full days off per week and one full weekend off each month
  • Visas: Au pairs can come to work in New Zealand under the Working Holiday Scheme. Currently the following countries have Working Holiday Scheme agreements with New Zealand: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay. See Visa requirements for New Zealand.
  • Duration of stay: Under the Working Holiday Scheme au pairs can work in New Zealand for up to 12 months
  • Language requirements: There are no language requirements for New Zealand however it is suggested that an au pair has a good understanding of English, the national language of New Zealand, in order to live independently. For example, to make it easy to contact emergency services or read medicine labels if needed.
  • Health insurance: It is not a requirement to have insurance to work in New Zealand however it advised that an au pair has both health and travel insurance
  • Travel costs: Travel costs to New Zealand from the au pair's home country should be covered by the au pair. However, if the host family wants to pay for a part of the costs, it is suggested that they do so after the au pair has stayed with them for at least half of the agreed time.


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