Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


International Students Treated Disgracefully

International Students Treated Disgracefully

The New Zealand Government should be ashamed of itself.

If they knew of the situation where international students are being forced to ‘buy’ jobs, and have let it run on regardless, they should be held accountable. If they claim not to have known that this situation has existed for some time, they are guilty of willful blindness.

The situation of the employment agency charging students a fee of up to $17,500 is not new. International students, applying for jobs in every field of graduate activity, are being charged up to $20,000 to receive a job offer. This money is then paid to the employer as a deposit that the student will ‘train and remain with the company for a two year contract’.
The deposit is usually equal to about six months salary, according to our sources.

This is disgusting treatment of young people, who have already paid exorbitant fees to receive a New Zealand Education. Once qualified, they are further penalized by an inability to receive a good job offer, regardless of whether they may be the best candidate. In order to finally receive a job offer, they resort to borrowing money from family or friends. Is it any wonder if some of them turn to crime to finance their way into a job?

Those who work with international students put immense effort into helping students learn the kiwi way of life. Is this the message we want them to take home? That in New Zealand, one has to buy a job? Will New Zealanders be the next on the ‘pay’ list?


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Joel Coen's Monochromatic Macbeth

The Bard of Avon may well be smirking up the sleeves of his lace doublet at the irony of Will Smith's Oscar debacle, but now that the initial furore has dissipated, it's worth revisiting the movie for which Denzel Washington was also nominated. More>>

Howard Davis: Kenneth Branagh’s Black & White Belfast

Branagh has assembled a wonderful cast, including Ciarán Hinds, a gently formidable actor who well deserves his Oscar nomination, and Judi Dench, who steals every scene she’s in. More>>

Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland