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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.
Twenty of New Zealand’s leading Digital Technology industry associations, including NZRise, released a manifesto for the future of New Zealand from a tech perspective on 24 May 2017.
The manifesto describes goals across many sectors, including education, the changing nature of work, immigration and skills, connectivity anywhere, digital exports, cybersecurity, research funding for tech, government procurement, open standards, privacy and open policy development.
Initially conceived of as a guide to support political parties in the formation of their election manifestos and policies, the Manifesto also serves as a vision for a thriving economy, digitally literate workforce and export-led Digital Technology sector.
Included among these goals is the call to establish a Ministry for the Future, focusing on positioning New Zealand, society, and all government agencies to best take advantage of a technologically enabled future.
You can read the full manifesto via the link below. Don Christie and Victoria MacLennan, Co-Chairs of NZRise were both authors of this document and would welcome your feedback, support or questions.
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.
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
Explanatory Note on NZRise position statement on Trans Pacfic Partnership Agreement