In addition to SIGIE, there are other organisations that can help with your transition to New Zealand.
Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS)
ARMS offers immigrants valuable information, advice and support. Their services include an english language advisory service, a volunteer programme, and a migrant assistance support programme which is free for those who have been in NZ under two years and have PR or work visa/permit. (not including students or working holiday makers). Learn more about ARMS on their website.
Auckland Chamber of Commerce
The Auckland Chamber of Commerce is committed to facilitating paid employment for migrants and refugees and for assisting unemployed people and parents back into the workforce under its internationally recognised brand and extensive networks into the business community.
It does this through four separate initiatives and also, specifically for migrants, through its participation in workshops at the Auckland Regional Migrant Resource Centre (ARMS) in Three Kings and at various job search workshops.
Newkiwis.co.nz is a nationwide website free to employers and all migrants who are resident in NZ and eligible to work here. Employers (including recruitment companies) post vacancies and/or search the database for the skilled staff they require. Candidates register their CVs and employers will contact the candidate directly or via the Chamber of Commerce. Candidates can also access job vacancies on the website as well as employment tips and techniques, and other useful information.
New Kiwi career success course and follow-up workshops
If you have been in NZ for less than two years you may want to register for the Kiwi Career Success Programme, a practical job search workshop for migrants who are living in NZ and are on a Work Permit or PR and are eligible to work in NZ. They conduct a FREE three day workshop focusing on job search skills, CV and Cover Letter writing, interview skills, tips and techniques, Kiwi workplace culture and networking. They also offer post-workshop assistance, regular workshops and clinics on specific job searching topics.
The workshop is run once every two weeks at the Chamber of Commerce. For further information and to register, contact: 0800 907 709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
English language Course grants may be provided for tertiary qualified migrants (NZQA Level 4 and above) to undertake courses at AUT, MIT, UNITEC and Massey University. They are responsible for allocating the money paid by immigrants who have pre-purchased English language tuition before coming to NZ. They also administer the Academic Migrant Grants scheme providing ESOL study grants of up to $4,000 per learner per academic year. See website www.tec.govt.nz.