If you hold a work visa, in most cases you can bring your partner with you to New Zealand.
Currently, those earning double the median wage (NZD $59.32 per hour), or who are in a role on the green list and meet the applicable Green List requirement, can support a partner on an open work visa. An open work visa allows your partner to work in any occupation for any employer in New Zealand.
People earning below the median wage through exemptions can only support their partner to come to New Zealand on visitor visas.
Those who earn a median wage (NZD $29.66 per hour) can support partners for a work visa. These work visas will be granted with conditions that the partner-
• Can only work for an Accredited Employer.
• If working in a role not covered by a sector agreement, they must be paid at least the median wage in effect at the time they receive their visa, or when they receive a job offer, whichever is later.
• If working in a role covered by an uncapped sector agreement, they must be paid at least the relevant wage threshold in place.
• They will not be subject to a stand-down period.
There is the option if the partner can secure their own employment with an Accredited Employer that they can apply for an Accredited Employer Work Visa in their own right.
Those who have partners working in positions on the green list or earning twice the median wage can still support partners on visas without the above new conditions. See further information here.