Auckland Regional Migrant Services

Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS), , is here to support you with all your settlement needs.The client services include the following:

Job Search Assistance

For migrant job seekers, we offer valuable information, advice and support through our:

Migrant Employment Assistance Programme*

• Free Job Search Seminars
• Free Job Search Support Club
• Free Individualised Support for Job Seekers
• A range of other free seminars

*Free for those who have been in NZ under two years and have PR or work visa/permit. (not including students or working holiday makers)

English Language Advisory Service

• Free English Language Advisory Clinic
• English Language Assessment: Written and Spoken (Fee)
• Pronunciation Course (Fee)

Volunteer Programme

ARMS volunteer workplace experience placements provide learning and development of new skills for the NZ work place. Please contact our Team for Volunteer Application form at

Other services:

Service Provider Networks and Collaboration

Service Providers interested in supporting newcomers with the challenges of settlement and integration needs are welcome to join our local regional settlement networks and receive our regional settlement newsletter. Please contact our Team at reception at

Community Support

ARMS also provides advocacy and programme support where needed by different community groups. Examples include:

• Study Group: Overseas Trained Refugee Doctors
• Safari Multicultural Playgroup Project in Lynfield

Resources: Tangata Tiriti – Treaty People: An Interactive workbook for migrant communities about the Treaty of Waitangi.

Employment support programmes by Auckland Chamber of Commerce

The Auckland Chamber of Commerce is committed to facilitating paid employment for migrants and refugees and for assisting unemployed people and parents back into the workforce under its internationally recognised brand and extensive networks into the business community.

It does this through four separate initiatives and also, specifically for migrants, through its participation in workshops at the Auckland Regional Migrant Resource Centre (ARMS) in Three Kings and at various job search workshops.

New Kiwis website:

This is a nation-wide website free to employers and all migrants who are resident in NZ and eligible to work here. Employers (including recruitment companies) post vacancies and/or search the database for the skilled staff they require. Candidates register their CVs and employers will contact the candidate directly or via the Chamber of Commerce. Candidates can also access job vacancies on the website as well as employment tips and techniques, and other useful information. The Chamber of Commerce network actively promotes New Kiwis to New Zealand employers encouraging them to search the site for the skills they need to grow their businesses.

New Kiwis staff deliver presentations on job search skills at the ARMS and offer one-to-one job search advice. For further information contact, 0800 709 907 or email,

New Kiwi Career Success course and follow-up workshops

If you have been in NZ for less than two years you may want to register for the Kiwi Career Success Programme:

This is a practical job search workshop for migrants who are living in NZ and are on a Work Permit or P.R and are eligible to work in NZ. We conduct a FREE three day workshop focusing on job search skills, CV and Cover Letter writing, interview skills, tips and techniques, Kiwi workplace culture and networking. We also offer post workshop assistance, regular workshops and clinics on specific job searching topics. The workshop is run once every two weeks at the Chamber of Commerce.

For further information and to register, contact: 0800 907 709 or email

The Migrant Employment Service

This is for skilled migrants who are registered job seekers in receipt of a main benefit. We work with people in the Engineering, IT, Finance and Accounting, Sales and Marketing, and Business Administration fields only. Referrals are directly (and only) through Work and Income as we have a partnership with them for this particular programme. We provide employment-related information and training, and actively market to Auckland employers. For further information call 0800 709 907.

Other employment initiatives include:

– job seekers who have a gap in their CV (employment path) and young career starters

For further information please call 0800 709 907.

Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)

English language Course grants may be provided for tertiary qualified migrants (NZQA Level 4 and above) to undertake courses at AUT, MIT, UNITEC and Massey University. They are responsible for allocating the money paid by immigrants who have pre-purchased English language tuition before coming to NZ.   They also administer the Academic Migrant Grants scheme providing ESOL study grants of up to $4,000 per learner per academic year. See website