The students here will only be allowed to work for up to 20 hours at the time of their ongoing semester excluding the vacation period, which can allow them to work as a full-time employee.
You can work for full-time whenever you get a break from the ongoing semester or the academic year. An academic year means a programme of study of a minimum of 120 credits during a period of at least eight months that is a minimum of two semesters. The breaks depend upon the holidays that a college gives e.g. winter holidays, Christmas holidays, etc.
If your full-time programme of study has a duration of at least eight months, and is a minimum of two semesters, but is less than 120 credits, you can work full-time over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. You do not have to have a job offer.
All students on a student visa can work for up to 20 hours a week during semester and full time during vacations. The minimum wage rate in New Zealand is NZ $14.75 per hour (before taxes) for workers aged over 16. The taxes however can be reclaimed at the end of each financial year through lodging tax returns (values are subject to change in future).
The tuition fees are different for different universities and colleges, and vary with courses. We have listed a few courses with the approximate range of annual tuition fees.
The approximate annual living expenses on top of the tuition fees are about NZ $ 12,000 - 15,000, which includes transportation, accommodation, grocery as well as other daily expenses.
However, the expenses are different for different people depending on the lifestyles and this is just a rough idea.
New Zealand has the lowest cost of living among most developed countries.
(Values mentioned above are as per the latest criteria and are subject to change in the near future.)