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Internships

Internship Position Statement

NZ Rise members agree that all interns should be paid a fair market wage.  Accordingly, we believe that internships should consist of the following characteristics:

Interns should be paid at least the minimum wage for all hours of their internship but preferably (at least) the living wage.
Internships should primarily be about developing the talents of interns with a hope of bringing talent into your companies our industry.
All interns should be treated the same as employees and with dignity regardless of sex, sexuality, disability, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or other arbitrary feature.
All interns should be supported in their position and given opportunities to grow in their learning.
Companies should consider bringing diversity to our industry and reduce inequality as a key part of any internship.
We support any company undertaking the above and are happy to work with companies and connect with the wider industry regarding this Policy Position.

Information in Support of this Position

Internships are a messy and undefined area of employment law, to assist employers a comprehensive guide has been produced by NZ Rise NZRise Guidance Paper Internships called “The ‘Down-Under’ on Unpaid Internships” which should be essential reading by any company working with (or thinking about working with) interns. Without being aware of it any company offering an unpaid internship may unintentionally be opening themselves up to legal liability if internships are not structured in the correct way.

NZ Rise exists to support New Zealand technology business to achieve their full potential and speak with one voice when it comes to growing and developing our industry. We believe that in order for New Zealand to be a prosperous and high earning economy our industry needs to achieve maximum growth and be supported at all levels.

There is also no doubt that internally New Zealand lacks the number of people with sufficient technology skills required of high growth successful companies and we need to look for ways to create and nurture future employees. In order to do this we support any company that is able to take on interns and develop their skills in order to meet the challenges of developing talent. We believe that internships offer great monetary value for companies and opportunities for those new to our sector to gain skills and “real world” experience. The hope is that any intern with the right support will be able to transition into being a full time employee.

As businesses we are concerned about the creation of long term unpaid internship positions within both our own and all industries in New Zealand. We believe that interns should be paid at a fair rate to compensate for their time in the hope that they will be able to offer real value to the company and wider economy over time.

Resources

NZRise Procurement Principles
Internships Position & Guide
Trans Pacific Partnership
Media

Media Contact

Get in touch with one of our co-chairs

Please direct all media enquiries to co-chairs Don Christie or Victoria MacLennan:

Don Christie, NZRise c-Chair

don [at] catalyst [dot] net [dot] nz

Telephone: +64 4 499 2267

Mobile: +64 27 470 7814

Victoria Maclennan

Victoria [dot] maclennan [at] optimalbi [dot] com

Telephone +64 21 573452

NZRise Procurement Principles

Version 2.0

We consider these principles will encourage the growth and creative potential of New Zealand-owned and operated digital technology companies, and will help to create a strong and dynamic local economy.

  • INCLUSIVE: Procurement must be based on inclusion rather than exclusion, with any  provider that meets the defined criteria being eligible to supply products and services.
  • ENGAGEMENT: Early engagement improves the understanding of all parties and increases the likelihood of delivering successful outcomes.
  • TRANSPARENT: Procurement must operate in a transparent manner with full disclosure.
  • EXPERTISE: Procurement must recognise the value and importance of local knowledge and experience over the whole‐of‐life of any initiative.
  • DISAGGREGATION: Breaking up large-scale initiatives into smaller, more manageable components helps to increase competition and reduce risk.
  • IMPACT: Procurement must take into account the economic, social, and environmental impact of different proposals over the whole‐of‐life of
    any initiative.
  • INNOVATION: A strong and diverse local digital technology sector encourages creative innovation and effective competition.
  • OPEN: Procurement must be open and accessible to all providers, who are each treated consistently in a fair and impartial manner.

Trans Pacific Partnership

Our position on TPP

NZRise has been active in advocating for an outcome to this process which is good for the NZ Digital sector. To this end we have presented directly to negotiators, from all countries, over a number of rounds of negotiations. As with other international agreements, we have held the position that extreme intellectual property regimes, such as those proposed by certain interests in the USA, hold back innovation, reduce competition and create unnecessary cost and restrictions on consumers.

Our position on the TPP is explained in the following two documents.

NZRise’s concerns on the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

and

Explanatory Note on NZRise position statement on Trans Pacfic Partnership Agreement