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International recruitment

Updated: 6 November 2012

Looking for a career where you can make a difference, and a change in lifestyle? You can have both here in New Zealand while working at the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA).

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We’re responsible for developing and maintaining an affordable, integrated, safe, responsive and sustainable land transport system for New Zealand.

Bridge construction crane.

Bridge construction crane.

Our road network is fundamental to the way New Zealanders live. It’s critical to our economy, allowing goods to be transported between places of business as well as to export markets from our ports and airports. Our roads also connect New Zealanders to each other - by allowing us to see friends and families, get to work and home again, do our shopping, and access social and recreational amenities.

We have more than 1300 people located in offices spread across the country from Dunedin to Whangarei – with diverse roles ranging from customer service, engineering, and communications, to building highways, licensing drivers and vehicles, and stakeholder consultation.

Find out what our Highways & Network Operations, Group Manager, has to say about building, maintaining and operating 10,000 kms of the state highway network. You can also hear from our Regional Directors about what the NZTA is doing in Northland, Auckland and the South island.

At the end of this clip, there are a range of pod casts from recent media coverage of transport issues in New Zealand.

We’re in growth mode

The New Zealand government has provided a large boost to investment in highway infrastructure, with a particular focus on building roads of national significance. Over the next ten years we have $30 billion to invest in creating transport solutions for a thriving New Zealand.

Given our current and planned work programme, we’re particularly interested in hearing from highways engineers with demonstrated skill in managing large or challenging projects or asset management.

To get an idea of the type of complex and innovative projects we do, take a look at the Waterview Connection project, and the Centennial Highway barrier project which is part of the Safer Journeys programme.

At the end of this clip, there are a range of pod casts from recent media coverage of transport issues in New Zealand.

Applying from overseas

We’re an Accredited Employer with the New Zealand Immigration Service. This means we can help with the immigration process for international candidates or ex-pats returning from overseas to start work with us. This may include support with relocation.

If you’re interested in working for the NZTA, you can get the ball rolling by contacting the New Zealand Immigration Service (external website) to see if you’re eligible to work in New Zealand.

The NZTA gives preference to candidates who have the legal right to work in New Zealand i.e. New Zealand or Australian citizens, as well as holders of a valid work or residence visa or permit issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service.

What’s in it for you?

A job where you can make a difference:

  • interesting and challenging work
  • a competitive salary
  • a friendly working environment that encourages innovation and supports professional development.

And if you come as a family, they’ll love you for it – access to activities such as kayaking, rafting, bush walks with rare native animals and flora, cycling, bungy jumping, scuba diving and snow skiing.

Here’s what some of our people have to say about making the move to New Zealand and working for the NZTA.

People on bikes.

Cyclists on a state highway.

Kevin Reid.

Kevin Reid.

Kevin Reid, National Manager Professional Services, Highways & Network Operations - from Kent

'My wife and I emigrated to New Zealand in Feb 2006 and I have been with NZTA ever since. We came here with a view to try NZ for a couple of years and then review. Six years on and we love the choice we have made and are here to stay. My wife has gone back to Uni and is just completing a Nursing Degree whilst I joined as a Senior Project Manager in Tauranga, progressing to the Projects Team Manager and then most recently being promoted to the National Manager Professional Service in Wellington.

NZTA has certainly given me the opportunity to manage some award winning projects and forge a career path with opportunities I could not have had in the UK. This is definitely a country that rewards those who want to achieve and succeed.

The country also a great place to live and play. We have embraced the outdoors lifestyle, be it beaches, BBQ, adventure sports and exploring the beautiful countryside.'

Martin Shearman, Senior Programming Manager, Highways & Network Operations - from Dorchester

Top of the cable car in Kelburn.

Martin Shearman.

‘Working at the NZTA is great – there’s a real “can do” attitude here.’
‘The managers are supportive and it’s a more relaxed way of working with a flatter hierarchy than at home.’ ‘There’s a lot of Brits working here which makes it easy to deal with any cultural differences.’

Richard Crawforth, Senior Procurement Manager, Highways & Network Operations - from Yorkshire

‘I’m part of the Highways and Network Operations team which builds, maintains and operates the state highway network. This means that I get involved in a range of interesting and often complex projects which ultimately affect many New Zealanders because everyone uses the road network in some way. It’s great to see the positive results of my work in the media and when I travel around country.’

Getting here and settling in

Here are some links to information and resources about education, housing, lifestyle and working in New Zealand.

Cost of living -
Real Estate -
Education system and schools - and
Moving to NZ – and
Working - Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (IPENZ)
Tourism NZ -
National news - and

More information

International recruitment campaigns will be featured under current vacancies on the NZTA Careers Centre. By creating an NZTA Careers Centre account you can also:

  • create job alerts
  • apply for jobs
  • create a profile that allows us to better match your skills and experience to available jobs..