Most common questions from travellers looking for work in N. Z.
Q I need IRD Tax number – can I apply for it in Te Puke?
A Yes applying for IRD number in Te Puke is not always so easy (can be) ~ but we can help you
- 1 October 2015 changes have made applying for IRD numbers much more complicated and lengthy process causing massive delays some people up to 12 weeks delays ~ But we can help you.
- We recommend arriving to our hostel first then expect to take about a week to make all arrangements you will first need to ‘open a NZ bank account’ then need ‘evidence that this account is operating’ this evidence needs to show money going in and money coming out, you will also need ‘evidence’ of your Tax file number from your home country, and an ‘official letter confirming your address of residence.
Q Can I open a bank account in Te Puke?
- We can also give you a ‘proof of address letter’ required to open a bank account accepted by most banks in Te Puke – except for KiwiBank who will require a letter from a government agency.
Q How much can I be paid?
A Most jobs are paid minimum hourly rates $14.75 plus %8 holiday pay before tax (gross). Some jobs are paid highter rates depending on the employers and task required. Nightshift in packhouses is paid about $1 additional bonus rate for working from midnight.
Q I have visitors or tourist only visa can i work?
A NO – Employers require evidence that you are legally entitled to work, most commonly evidence include;
- Working Holiday Visa / Permit
- Open work permit
- NZ and Australian citizens / residents (passport copy required as evidence)
- Student Visa holders may work up to 20 during study periods and full-time hours in study holiday periods evidence required)
- Can check with www.immigration.govt.nz if any other temporary or emergency visa is available to allow you to work.
Q I have not arrived in New Zealand yet – can I arrange a guaranteed job before I arrive?
A No – People need to already be located in NZ as the employers will want to meet or start workers with very short notice.
Q Immigration says I can apply for a work visa but need a job offer letter , can the employers provide this letter?
A NO – Most of this work is seasonal work and is temporary in nature so does not qualify for applying for work permits.
- If however you are staying here and you find a regular or specialised job that meets the requirements for applying for work permit, then some employers may support applicants and provide the job offer letters. This is beyond the scope of Te Puke Backpackers help in finding seasonal work opportunities.
Q I do not have a car – can I still work?
A YES – We have a number of people who stay and get work – some with cars – some people share transport and gas money to others to get to the same work place.
A few employer may also arrange transport – this is the exception – not the rule.
Q I have a sleeper-van can still get a job and stay in my van.
A We need people checked-into our hostel so the agreement is that in return for helping find work you stay in our hostel. a few people have preferred to sleep in their sleeper-vans but still pay the dorm rate.
Q Can you guarantee me a job?
A This is mostly seasonal work – there are no real guarantees for anyone – but we do have an excellent history in helping people find work. At times we can guarantee but this is by using our preferred ‘fee paying job finding service’
Q How long will it take to find a job?
A This depends on the time of year / season etc, we recommend people allow 2 weeks to find job starts as they move around New Zealand looking for jobs. In our hostel most people find jobs within 7 – 10 days, however it is also common to find immediate job starts as well.
Q I am a girl – can I work?
A YES – we have a lot of girls who do very well working here
Q I am short – can I work?
A YES – Sometimes there are jobs that are more suited for taller people say over 180 cm but most jobs are suitable for people 160 – 190 cm tall… occasionally people who are much shorter – or much taller are also ok this depends on the job.
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