Becoming a host family in New Zealand
There are no official regulations concerning au pairs in New Zealand, however the information below is the generally accepted guidelines.
You are eligible to be a host family in New Zealand if:
- you have at least 1 child under 18 living with you
- you are able to offer an individual room and 3 meals a day
- you speak local language (English) in your daily life
- you are willing to host your au pair for up to 6 months
- you are of a different nationality than your au pair
Your au pair will look after your children and will help you out with light household chores. Discuss your duties beforehand and include all the points you agree upon in your contract.
Board & Lodging
Au pairs are entitled to free board and lodging even in case of illness. You should be able to offer your au pair a separate room.
There is no official regulation concerning the amount of hours an au pair should work, but they usually are between 30 and 40 hours per week, babysitting included.
Length of stay
There is no official regulation, but au pairs are usually entitled to at least 2 free days per week, which should be a Sunday once a month.
It is recommended that you draw up a contract with your au pair. The contract should include au pair pocket money, holidays and duties. Click here for a sample contract.
If you require your au pair to drive, you must provide him/her with a car, pay for car insurance and ensure that the car is well maintained. You must also provide fuel or give money to your au pair to pay for fuel for the car. Remember your au pair is young and comes from a different country where she/he might drive on the other side of the road. She/he may not have much driving experience. We recommend that you provide your au pair with driving lessons until she/he is confident enough to drive your car.