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All potential NorthTec homestay hosts are to undergo a thorough vetting process to ensure they meet the requirements of The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (The Code), which provides minimum standards and best practice frameworks. A full copy of the Code and a short summary pamphlet are available here.
Homestay hosts are also carefully selected for their warm, welcoming attitudes and their healthy, comfortable homes that provide international students with a suitable standard of living and study environment.
Students who are invited to join in with daily family activities have the best homestay experience. They will be seeking opportunities to practise their English as well so they will often need encouragement to join in with family conversations and activities.
For each incoming student application the most suitable homestay who best matches the student requirements and preferences will be selected so please note that there is no guarantee as to the timeframe or the number of student placements available to each host.
$230 weekly homestay fee is to cover the following:
International students come to study at NorthTec from a number of countries. 95% of those requiring homestay are, however, from China with the occasional student from the Philippines, India, Germany, Russia, Korea, Japan, etc.
Most Chinese students are 16-20 years old. They arrive mostly in groups of 10 or so from our new partnership schools hoping to study at NorthTec in diploma and degree level programmes for 2 years and over after meeting the English entry requirement, which normally takes them a semester or two in English classes.
So even though they are hoping to be long-term students at NorthTec, on arrival often they don’t know themselves how long they will want to stay in homestay. Some only remain homestay students for the first few weeks, while others never move on from their homestay, maybe just become private boarders. Overall the average stay in homestay tends to be around 6 months.
Homestay is compulsory for international students under the age of 18, while mature students have several other options to choose from, e.g. NorthTec apartments, board, flatting, private hostels, etc.
International homestay students are expected to do the following:
On-going monitoring and support, as well as 24/7 emergency access is available to homestays and students from the Accommodation Coordinator.
After the first few months, some homestay students wish to stay on with their hosts as private boarders to keep costs down by paying for their room only, taking care of their own meals and transport, and sometime twin sharing with a friend.
As board is considered a ‘private’ arrangement, hosts and students are to negotiate with each other directly all terms and conditions, including the amount of the weekly board payment, inclusions, retainer, notice, etc.
While the Accommodation Coordinator facilitates the initial ‘matching-up’, the weekly board payments are not administered by NorthTec International, nor is there on-going monitoring or support available for private board arrangements
To comply with The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (The Code), all homestays need to be fully vetted by the NZ Police so please follow the steps below to give your consent:
Complete the Homestay Application Form.
Complete the Health Declaration Form.
Complete the Police Vetting Service Request and Consent form. It can be filled in digitally if you’re planning to return your pack via email. Use a separate form for each adult (18+ years) family member, boarder and frequent guests of your household. Refer to the User Guide for further information on the vetting process.
Return all forms (police, homestay application and health declaration) and copies of driver’s licence and passport for each family member to be vetted to the NorthTec International Accommodation Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Private Bag 9019, Whangarei 0148
The Accommodation Coordinator can help you with information and advice on the different accommodation options available.
NorthTec International is committed to providing a quality accommodation service so it employs a full-time staff member as Accommodation Coordinator.
The Accommodation Coordinator can help you with:
Information and advice on the different accommodation options
Homestay placements with ongoing monitoring and support
Private board, apartment, hostel or rental referrals
Information on hosting requirements
Advice on settling in new international students
Emese [Emma-sha] Tornai
C320 International Office
Monday to Friday 8.30-4pm
+64 9 470 3605
+64 27 558 4562
+64 9 470 3632