This section is for International students to get together and discuss studying and living in New Zealand.
New Zealand needs your money but do you need New Zealand? Would your hard earned cash be better invested elsewhere where you’re going to see a real return on your investment?
The country makes $4.28 billion a year from international students, the fourth biggest industry behind dairy, tourism and meat. But students get very little in return and are often subject to exploitation, intimidation, fraud, corruption and abuse.
To start your research you should read the following three articles in the NZ Herald, written as part of its Student Visa Scandal series
International education in New Zealand is designed to bring in as many students as possible, concentrating on revenue rather than high-level qualifications. It offers students a pathway to immigration through part-time work as they study and post-study work visas. And it has targeted India, where millions of people seek to escape a lifetime of poverty and corruption and some are prepared to cut corners for a better life in New Zealand. Not surprisingly, the system appears wide open to abuse… read on
False hopes, used as cash cow
“…I had an Indian learner who had originally come to the institution to do the diploma in business. However, his English was so low that he was moved to the ESL section in the hope that his English would improve. Despite our best efforts, he stayed in that class for more than six months without improving. He became very depressed and told me that his family had mortgaged their farm in order to pay for him to come here. He twice asked me to marry him (or find him friends who would) so he could get a visa in order to bring his family here. All the teachers were aware of his struggles, but the institution kept him because he was a cash cow and continued to give him false hope that he would eventually be able to do the diploma. The kid was working through the night to support himself, and would fall asleep in class.”
Ananya* left her first job in New Zealand when her supervisor told her she would have to sleep with him to get her residency.
She was shocked that the man, a fellow Indian, could suggest such a thing – not only because it deeply offended her but because she had assumed that kind of behaviour would not happen here.
“I want residency but it doesn’t mean I have to sleep with someone – because I am a lady – or that I have to pay someone. I just moved from India because I don’t like corruption everywhere.”…
…Ananya says she once went for a job interview with a recruitment agency, where she was offered a three-month fake job, if she paid the agency $50,000.
She also knows a woman who was temporarily in charge of a jewellery shop, who paid $40,000 for a job letter declaring she was a retail manager to get her residency.
Then there was a man who paid $10,000 for an accountant’s job to get his residency visa. The “job” lasted three months, she says. He is now working as a bouncer.
Ananya, who is 37, admits she was hopelessly under-prepared for life in New Zealand at first. She came from a middle-class family – her father was a doctor – and she had slept in the same bed as her mother until she was 31. When she arrived in Auckland and got her first ATM card she had no idea how to use it.
Ananya arrived here with two arts degrees, a post-graduate diploma in business management and two years work experience in human resources. But she discovered that counted for little in New Zealand and she would effectively have to start again. She did a graduate level diploma in business management but found, like most of her immigrant classmates, that she couldn’t get a job in her chosen field without “Kiwi work experience”… read on
Hardeep Singh’s introduction to the New Zealand dream was working seven days a week in an Ashburton dairy. When he did get paid it was no more than $8.50 an hour.
One day Singh’s boss ordered him to work for a week in another dairy in Christchurch. He got no money for travel or living expenses, so when the dairy was shut, he slept on the floor…Singh worked at least 60 hours a week but was not paid for his first two weeks work and received no holiday pay. He was dismissed in a text message.
Another student, Harpal Bola, who worked for two and a half months without a day off, was refused leave to see a doctor for an infection…”The staff endured these substandard and unlawful terms and conditions of their employment largely in the hope that they would eventually move on to better employment and, with it, the prospect of permanent residence in New Zealand for themselves and perhaps also their families.”
AUT business school researcher Danae Anderson, who has surveyed 483 international students for her PhD, says this is the mindset that keeps migrant exploitation going…read on
If you are an Indian or Chinese student thinking about studying in regional New Zealand (because you’ve been told it will give you bonus points for residency) it is essential you read this report: International Students Ripped Off, Lied to About Residency Bonus Points for the Regions.
Planning to work while you’re studying? Take a few minutes to read about the Indian pizza delivery man in Napier who was beaten up by youths “just for fun” He said it wouldn’t happen in India because strict parenting kept younger people at home late at night.
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Here’s a link to get the ball rolling: International student visas expanded