Kia Kaha Queenstown Lakes

Kia Kaha Queenstown Lakes workshops provide accurate, independent information and advice regarding employment, business support, retraining and career advice, along with wellbeing and welfare needs to all members of the community.

Workshops are based in multiple locations in Queenstown and Wānaka and they're free, but bookings are required in advance.

Take your next step with Kia Kaha Queenstown Lakes.

Current Workshops

Workshops are planned to commence on Monday 5 October 2020. We'll have more details shortly, including a timetable of workshops in both Queenstown and Wānaka, so watch this space!

Workshops starting from Monday 5 October 2020 will cover the following topics:

  • Pathway planning - starters: guidance and advice on how to plan and pick the best path for those in the early stages of their career

  • Pathway planning - transitioners: guidance and advice on how to plan and transition to a new career or business

  • Income support options and current job opportunities

  • Career advice: how to find a new job or choose a new career

  • Education for a new future: options to retrain, upskill or change career

  • Business support: learn more about financial options and initiatives to support your business and staff

  • Budget advice courses

Queenstown workshop timetable

This workshop timetable in Queenstown runs from Monday 5 October to Sunday 11 October. More workshops will be added soon.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

9:00 AM

Income Support & Jobs

Yonder

9:00 AM

Career Advice

Buzzstop

10:00 AM

Pathway Planning: Starters

Queenstown Resort College

10:00 AM

Pathway Planning: Starters

iFly

10:00 AM

Immigration & Visa Advice

Queenstown Memorial Centre

10:00 AM

Jobbortunities

Queenstown Memorial Centre

1:00 PM

Pathway Planning: Transitioners

Queenstown Resort College

1:00 PM

Pathway Planning: Transitioners

iFly

5:00 PM

Business Support

The Sherwood

  • 10:00 AM

    Pathway Planning: Starters

    1:00 PM

    Pathway Planning: Transitioners

  • 9:00 AM

    Income Support & Jobs

  • 9:00 AM

    Career Advice

  • 10:00 AM

    Pathway Planning: Starters

    1:00 PM

    Pathway Planning: Transitioners

    5:00 PM

    Business Support

  • 10:00 AM

    Immigration & Visa Advice

  • 10:00 AM

    Jobbortunities

Wānaka Timetable

Workshop dates and times for Wānaka will be available here soon.

Immigration and Visa Advice

On Friday 9 October from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the Queenstown Memorial Centre, immigration and legal professionals will be on site to share advice about visa issues and immigration, and lend a hand to anyone interested.

Repatriation experts will also be in attendance to assist with any questions you may have.

This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Jobbortunities

The Mayor's Taskforce for Jobs is coming to Queenstown with thousands of jobs and opportunities available across the Otago region. HR Managers and tertiary institutions will be in attendance.

All are welcome to attend.

Jobbortunities is being held from 10.00am to 3.00pm on Saturday 10 October at the Queenstown Memorial Centre, 1 Memorial Street in Queenstown.

Past Workshops

For recordings of past Kia Kaha Queenstown Lakes workshops, click here.

Resources

Travel and Immigration Myths

Travel myths

  • Registering with your embassy doesn’t mean that they will put you on a plane and take you home. It just means they know where you are and can let you know if there are any repatriation flights coming up.

  • Flights you may have purchased are not lost. They will be eligible for a credit and in some cases, a full refund. It’s important you get your information from a travel agent or your airline - not from social media. Policies are constantly changing and being updated and travel agents are the first to know about these.

  • Flights may not be returning as soon as you hope. Borders may be closed for longer than expected. Make sure you register with a travel agent who can tell you when flights to your home country will resume. 

Immigration myths 

  • If your employment ends you become unlawful – Incorrect - if you have a change in your circumstances e.g. you are made redundant your visa does not automatically expire. You retain your visa until the original expiry date. INZ will work with you to either process any further visa’s you submit or until you leave the country. The key message is that you keep in touch with INZ so we know what you are intending to do. We can advise you of timeframes when we know more about what the border situation is likely to be and what the prospect of re-employment looks like.

  • Essential skills visa holders – if your employment has ceased but your visa has not reached its expiry date you can start work for another employer - Incorrect - you can’t commence work with a new employer without first speaking to INZ and having approval from them. This may require a new visa or perhaps a variation of the conditions of your existing visa. The employer offering you work will need to be able to demonstrate to INZ that they are unable to hire a New Zealander for the role. Don’t start work for a new employer unless you have been given the appropriate visa by INZ.

  • If you have a change in you circumstances and your visa no longer fits your circumstances then you have 2 weeks to leave New Zealand – incorrect - INZ will work with clients and give information specific to peoples circumstances. If the visa you are on is no longer fit for purpose you either need to be able to successfully get a further visa that suits your circumstances or consider other options border restrictions permitting.

  • The sweeping visa extension to 25th September, for working holiday visas, is only an extension to time, not working rights. 

 


Community Support

Your health and wellbeing is extremely important, and practising good health is critical to maintaining headspace during this time. Remember to eat well, exercise when possible, connect with family and friends over the phone or internet, and drink alcohol in moderation.

Some people may be affected differently to others during lock down. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or you’re not coping, please consider using any of the resources below for advice and guidance on maintaining your mental health and wellbeing.

IF YOU NEED HELP NOW

  • Freecall or text 1737, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for support from trained counsellors.
    1737.org.nz
  • Current advice on the Ministry of Health's website here
  • Contact your GP

For a list of local services and further support - click here.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER 
Volunteering Central, working in collaboration with QLDC and social service organisations, are collating offers of help in relation to COVID-19. Register your interest here. 

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