Participants on the RENZ programme have the opportunity to have hands-on experience within NZ farming and experience the culture of New Zealand. During their free time they can enjoy and discover the sights and attractions of NZ.
The RENZ Programme is not based on formal educational or training systems, although participants can new learn skills and gain an understanding of non-subsidised agriculture while working at their placements.
Being part of RENZ means trainees will have the same rights and protection, and be subject to the same laws, as NZ citizens during their time in New Zealand. If problems arise, such as legal or health matters, RENZ will be there to assist and offer advice, and of course can be easily contacted by e-mail and telephone.
RENZ suggests trainees should look on their time in New Zealand as an “adventure” with the opportunity to earn money during their experience to pay for travel and sightseeing.
We recommend strongly that trainees do not come to NZ to solely make money; they will probably make more money in their home country. But the experience will far outweigh the disadvantages.
Some things you should know
RENZ is unlike any other program in New Zealand. Because we are so different, there are a few things that we do our way. Read on to find out about our special exchange VISA, Insurance, Wages, Accommodation, and Fees.
Most trainees working on farms will live on or near the farm, but those in towns or cities may have private board and lodging some distance from the work site. Transport is the trainee’s responsibility.
There are many different arrangements for paying for accommodation. On some farms, accommodation and electricity costs may be deducted from wages; on others there may be a weekly lodging fee. Most trainees are responsible for their own food
RENZ inbound fee for agriculture/horticulture placements: NZD $1250.
RENZ inbound fee for winery vintage placements: NZD $995.
Pre-placement agriculture/horticulture: NZD $1050.
Pre-placement winery: NZD $850.
Cancellation fee after application received: $100.
Cancellation fee after placement made: $200.