Our vision is to provide a high quality of education for our students. We want them to have all the training and tools they need to learn and be better in their chosen subject. We believe that the best way for students to truly learn is for them to enjoy studying.

Kauri Academy NZ is more than an institution of classrooms & teachers. We provide a supportive environment where you can meet new friends and learn new things. We deliver rigorous lessons, robust testing and recognised qualifications. But more than that, we give students a complete learning experience both inside the classroom with a professional teacher providing support and guidance as well as outside the classroom with fellow students and local Kiwis in the beautiful city that is Auckland.

Kauri Academy does not arrange accommodation for students. If you need help finding a place to live, we will provide advice and support to ensure that you have suitable accommodation while studying at Kauri Academy.

Accommodation Expenses

Kauri Academy does not arrange accommodation for students and has not assessed the suitability of any accommodation for students. However, you may contact Emmie Aban at eaban@kauriacademy.ac.nz if you require information or help finding accommodation in New Zealand or if you have any concerns regarding your accommodations. There is no shortage of accommodation types and prices in Auckland at the present time.

Homestay (NZ$200-250 per week)

Kauri Academy does not independently employ the services of home stay for its students, but directs students to www.aucklandhomestay.org, a website providing homestay information in the Auckland region.

For students who would like to experience living with a local family, this is great option. Your homestay will provide your room complete with a bed, cupboard, and study desk with lamp. You would possibly have to eat and spend time with your homestay family. Your homestay should provide you with breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday and with breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.

You generally use public transport to get to and from the academy. You do not have to pay for separate use of water or electricity but your homestay may ask you to limit your use, as these commodities are expensive in New Zealand. You will be asked to pay for your own cell phone or overseas calls and if you have a computer or want to use the homestay computer, you may be told to limit your use as you are charged for use of the line. You may not get the food you are used to, and every homestay has its own sets of the rules about how to fit into their home, but a homestay can be very rewarding experience.

When requested by students to arrange homestay accommodation Kauri Academy directs students to the services of Hippo Homestay (www.hippohomestay.com), a homestay agent.

Hostel (NZ$200-250 per week)

For students 18 years or over that who want more independence than a homestay, but not willing to take on the responsibility of a flat, a hostel is a good option. You may rent a room or share a room and the money you pay will usually cover access to cooking, cleaning and bathing facilities.

In most hostels you can come and go as you please. You would have to do your own cooking or go out to eat. You may meet students or tourists from lots of different countries while living in a hostel. You do not have to pay for separate use of water or electricity but probably have a pay-system for a phone.

Apartment/Flat (NZ$100-300 per week)

Students over 18 years of age who are staying here for a long time may prefer to look for an apartment or flat. An apartment is usually located in Auckland city. Students rent it from an agent or owner and may choose to split the cost of the whole apartment by dividing the rent by the number of people who live in it. In addition you may have to buy and cook your own food. Most rental agreements cover the cost of water but you must arrange your own electricity or phone connection.

  • Complete the Application for Enrolment Form and submit together with copies of the details page (and signature page if applicable) of your passport and other documentary requirements, if any, through any of the following methods:
  • Kauri will check the proficiencies and aspirations of the students to ensure they match with student’s existing academic records and the programme offered. When you have met all the requirements for entry, we will process your applications and contact you once you have been accepted into the programme. We will then send you an Offer of Place and an Invoice.
  • Should you find everything acceptable follow the instructions on the Invoice and arrange the payment of the fees as invoiced to Public Trust. Once we have received confirmation of the fee payment we will send you a Receipt.
  • International Students: This Offer of Place and the Receipt will be submitted as part of your Student Visa Application. All the information regarding forms, documents, and requirements for lodging a student visa application is available on the Immigration New Zealand website (www.immigration.govt.nz).
  • Formal enrolment will take place at the Auckland school site. Kauri will confirm the proficiencies and aspirations of the students to ensure they match with student’s existing academic records and the programme offered.
  • We will also conduct an official placement test which includes an interview to check oral proficiencies, and a reading, writing and listening test. If you do not meet the level of oral and written competency or prior learning to be able to participate in the programme, you may be required to take a supplementary or alternative programme until such time as you meet the required level of competency.

Enrolment Process When Transferring From Another Provider (School)

  • If you wish to change your programme of study and/or education provider, you must first obtain a variation of conditions (or a further student visa). You may be required to provide evidence to demonstrate that you continue to meet student instructions.
  • If you withdraw from your programme of study and/or education provider before obtaining authority to do so, you will be in breach of your visa conditions. Applicants who breach their visa conditions may not ordinarily be granted further visas (or variation of conditions) and may be liable for deportation and required to leave New Zealand.
  • The student completes a Request Form to apply to transfer from another provider. Kauri Academy makes enquiries with the previous provider regarding student progress and the reasons for the transfer. Kauri will establish if the student is transferring solely in order for an agent to obtain an additional commission.
  • When accepting a transferring student Kauri Academy will send a letter of acceptance to the previous provider.
  • The transferring student then completes the above enrolment process.

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students (including group students) must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand.

Any student who arrives on their first day of study at Kauri Academy without appropriate insurance will be required to purchase insurance before commencing their programme.

Eligibility For Health Services

Most international students are not entitled to public -funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at www.moh.govt.nz.

Accident Insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at http://www.acc.co.nz.

Appropriate Insurance for International Students

Student travel insurance cover should provide cover into and out of New Zealand at the beginning and/or the end of their study, and/or during any holiday breaks of the study. ACC does not cover injuries and accidents happening overseas, and the risk associated with holiday trips outside New Zealand should also be cover by the student insurance policy

Students are free to purchase insurance from any insurance provider. However, student travel insurance policies must cover all the following aspects:

Health Cover While in New Zealand

  • Medical expenses incurred for the treatment of illness and/or injury (in excess of ACC cover) that requires surgery and/or hospitalisation – unlimited sum insured
  • Medical evacuation related to serious illness and injuries – unlimited sum insured
  • Emergency dental treatment
  • Costs for family members’ travel in the event that the student suffers a serious illness or injury.

Repatriation, Search and Rescue

  • Repatriation and expatriation in the event a student has to return home following an injury or illness which interrupts their study plans
  • Return of mortal remains/funeral expenses - including travel costs for family members, repatriation of remains, and funeral costs
  • Search and rescue operation to locate the insured.

Travel Into and Out of New Zealand

  • Missed flights or delays for travels into and out of New Zealand.
  • Medical expenses incurred for the treatment of an illness and injury incurred during the travel.

Personal Liability

  • Negligence causing bodily injury (including death) of another person or loss of or damage to property.
  • False arrest and wrongful detention.

Kauri Academy will require evidence of an appropriate insurance policy at enrolment. In addition to the insurance policy Kauri Academy will also require the student to provide (in English) a written attestation from their insurance provider that the student’s travel insurance policy is consistent with the above guidelines for appropriate insurance for international students.

Kauri Academy recommends one of the following New Zealand insurance providers as their travel insurance policies cover all the required aspects of appropriate insurance for international students. Students will not be required to provide the additional attestation if purchasing international student travel insurance from the following recommended providers.

Recommended New Zealand Insurance Providers:

We recommend that you budget your minimum basic personal living expenses around NZ$1,250 per month. This amount includes accommodation, food, clothing and entertainment, etc. It does not include tuition fees.

Following are a few examples of what you can expect to pay for things in Auckland. All prices are in New Zealand dollars.

  • Unlimited Ride Monthly Bus Pass $210.00
  • Bus One Zone $1.85 to $3.50
  • Ferry ride Auckland to Devonport (Return) $12
  • Taxi Ride 5 km $20
  • Homestay Accommodation $200 to $250
  • Milk 1 litre $2.50 to $5.50
  • Loaf of Bread $2.00 - $5.00
  • A Box of Cereals $6 - $8
  • Fast food lunch (fish and chips, Big Mac Combo etc.) $7 - $15
  • Meal in a Restaurant $10 - $35
  • Pizza $12
  • Movie ticket $12.50 - $18.50
  • Takeaway pie $2.5 to $3.5
  • Coca Cola $1.50 – $2
  • Coffee in a cafe $3.50 - 5.50
  • Haircut $25 - $50
  • Internet Café Access 1 hour $5
  • Visit to Doctor $25 to $80
  • Visit to Dentist $95 - $150
  • Mobile phone calls per minute local $0.50
  • Mobile phone SMS $0.20

It is your responsibility to obtain and maintain the appropriate immigration documentation during your study. Kauri Academy will check your visa/permit for validity at enrolment and retain a copy in your personal file. If your immigration documentation lapses your enrolment will be terminated and the Immigration Service notified.


Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service and can be viewed on their website at www.immigration.govt.nz. See also Student Visa Guide.

Applying For A Student Visa

You can apply for a student visa before traveling to New Zealand. A student visa granted offshore will allow you to travel to the New Zealand border. When you arrive, an officer will check that you meet all of the conditions of your visa to be granted entry permission to study in New Zealand.

You can also apply for a student visa when you are already in New Zealand. A student visa granted onshore will usually include travel conditions allowing multiple journeys, so you can travel out of New Zealand and back in before the expiry of the visa.

Student Visa Conditions

A student visa (whether granted onshore or offshore) allows you to study full time in New Zealand for a limited period of time. A student visa may have conditions you must meet – for example, it may name:

  • The programme you are allowed to study
  • The educational provider
  • The New Zealand location of the provider

Visa Application

All the information regarding forms, documents, and requirements for lodging a student visa application is available on the Immigration New Zealand website (www.immigration.govt.nz). See also Student Visa Guide.

Students are encouraged to lodge their student visa application as soon as possible as the application process may take a few months.

The following documents, among others, are required:

  • The completed Visa Application Form and the Application Fee
  • Current and valid passport. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the date you plan to leave New Zealand.
  • An Offer of Place. Kauri Academy will send you an Offer of Place after a successful evaluation of your Enrolment Application.
  • A Receipt. Kauri Academy will send you a receipt for the Tuition Fees paid, confirming your place in the programme.
  • Guarantee of Accommodation - A letter that evidences that you have a place to live in New Zealand while you are undertaking your study.
  • Evidence of financial ability to maintain oneself throughout the duration of the stay in New Zealand by having sufficient funds or by having a guarantor who accepts financial responsibility.
  • Travel arrangements or the means to leave New Zealand before their student permit expires such as a fully paid travel ticket out of New Zealand.
  • Medical Certificates
  • International students are required to have travel and medical insurance for the duration of their study.

Work While Studying

You may be allowed to work for up to 20 hours each week during the academic year. You may also be allowed to work full time during the Christmas and New Year period at the end of each academic year. To work you will need to apply for a variation of conditions to your student visa.

One criteria for student to be allowed to work is that the student is undertaking a programme of study in New Zealand that leads to a New Zealand qualification that qualifies for points under the Skilled Migrant Category of Immigration New Zealand’s Residence Instructions.

More information on working while studying may be obtained from the Immigration New Zealand website at www.immigration.govt.nz. See also Student Visa Guide.

Post Study Work Visa (Open)

The Post Study Work Visa (Open) allows you to find a job that is relevant to your qualification. It is valid for 12 months, and during this time you can work for almost any employer in New Zealand. After you have found a job relevant to your qualification, you can apply for a Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted).

More information on the Post Study Work Visa (Open) may be obtained from the Immigration New Zealand website at www.immigration.govt.nz.

An orientation will be scheduled on the first week of your programme. The orientation will be conducted by a member of Kauri Academy’s management team and is intended to provide you with information regarding your programme, the school’s facilities, the support services available, and the school’s rules and regulations. You will also meet the administrative and academic personnel of the school The orientation is a good opportunity to seek clarification and advice and it is therefore recommended that you go over this student handbook.

Topics discussed during the orientation will include:

  • Overview of the programme, including programme timetables and dates
  • Programme completion requirements including attendance
  • Assessment procedures
  • Withdrawal / Refund procedures
  • Complaints / Appeals Procedures
  • Guidance and support available, including external agencies
  • The limitations on Kauri Academy staff when providing support and assistance
  • Student Fee Protection
  • Rules and Conduct / Disciplinary Procedures

Please note that you must provide us with up to date contact details, including accommodation type, residential address and immigration status at all times.

Emmie Aban (Administration Manager) is the designated staff member for pastoral care and can be contacted 24/7 (any time of the day or night) on +64 022 010 4253.

New Zealand education providers have an important role in ensuring the well-being of their international students. The Code sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of education providers for international students. This ensures students coming from other countries to study in New Zealand are well informed, safe, and properly cared for.

Students and their families can expect education providers to:

  • Provide clear, sufficient and accurate information so you can make informed choices about your education
  • Give you clear, understandable information on your legal obligations and rights, including refund policies, and termination of your enrolment under any contracts you enter into with the provider
  • Check that you have the prescribed insurance cover
  • Provide a safe and supportive environment for study
  • As far as practicable, ensure you live in accommodation that is safe and appropriate
  • Provide you with a comprehensive orientation programme to support you in your study and outline your obligations
  • Monitor their agents to ensure they provide you with reliable information and advice about studying, working and living in New Zealand
  • Ensure that the educational instruction on offer is appropriate for your expectations, English language proficiency, and academic capability
  • Have proper policy and processes in place to safeguard students’ fees paid and be able to provide an appropriate refund if you withdraw or your course closes
  • Ensure you have access to proper and fair procedures for dealing with grievances (concerns or complaints).

Full details of what is covered can be found in the Code itself. Click here for a copy of Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students 2018 in English or other languages.


Kauri Academy has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Copies of the Code are available on request or from the NZQA website at Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students 2018.

All programme fees paid by students are deposited in a trust account managed by Public Trust (www.publictrust.co.nz).

In the event that Kauri Academy ceases to operate for any reason including insolvency or regulatory closure, students are entitled to a refund of the fees equivalent to the remaining tuition that Kauri Academy failed to provide. Remaining tuition fees mean less the 25% administration charges based on Public Trust fee drawdown schedule.

If a student is not granted a visa to study in New Zealand, Kauri Academy will refund all programme fees less the administration fee as per the issued invoice.

Student Withdrawals and Refunds

Please click here for information about Student Withdrawals and Refunds.

Domestic Students

Domestic students are entitled to a refund if they withdraw from a programme as per section 235 of the Education Act 1989, and if:

  • The programme is of three months duration or more
  • The withdrawal occurs up to the end of the eighth day of the start of a programme.

The private training establishment (PTE) must refund an amount equal to the sum of the amount paid less a deduction of the lesser of 10 per cent of the fees paid or $500.

Domestic students withdrawing from programmes of less than three months duration should refer to the PTE's refund policy.

International Students

If a student visa has been granted and a student subsequently wishes to withdraw before or after arriving in New Zealand, Kauri Academy will refund fees on the following basis.

Programmes Three Months or More

  • The withdrawal occurs up to the end of the tenth working day of the start of the programme:
  • In such cases the PTE may deduct up to 25% of the fees paid, provided the PTE incurred costs to this amount and can justify these costs.

Programmes Five Weeks or More But Less Than Three Months

  • The withdrawal occurs up to the end of the fifth day of the start of the programme:
  • In such cases, the PTE must pay an amount equal to the fees paid less 25%.

Programmes Under Five Weeks

  • The withdrawal occurs up to the end of the second day of the start of the programme:
  • In such cases, the PTE must pay an amount equal to the fees paid 50%. However, if two days constitutes the full amount of tuition paid for by the student, the PTE may retain 100 per cent of the payment

PTE's Own Refund Policy

No refunds are provided or withdrawals made after the periods stated other than on compassionate grounds (e.g. death of a close family member, serious illness, accident). All such refunds will be at the discretion of Kauri Academy. Students are required to complete and file a withdrawal form for the processing of withdrawals and refunds.

Kauri Academy will make no refund:

  • When a student is required to leave the school for a breach of the rules and conditions of enrolment at the school or has broken a New Zealand law
  • Where a student has been stood-down, suspended or excluded
  • Where a student returns home for any reason other than serious illness, accident or death of a close family member
  • If the enrolment application is found to be inaccurate in any way and the contract is terminated
  • If a student wants to transfer to another school or educational institution

Kauri Academy is required to provide New Zealand Immigration written notice of programme withdrawals made by international students. The notice shall include the name of the student, the programme and the day on which the student withdrew.

A student permit / visa is conditioned on a student undertaking a particular programme of study at a specified institution. Withdrawing from the programme before it is completed is considered to be violation of that condition.