Appendix 3: Definitions

International students

For the purpose of this report, ‘international students’ are students who are enrolled by a provider, and who, in relation to the provider, are foreign students as defined in the Education Act, 1989 (Section 2 or 159, whichever is applicable). These students have entered New Zealand for the purpose of study (in Years 1 to 15) and do not have a right to an automatic place in a New Zealand school.

Boarding establishment

‘Boarding establishment’ means:

  • a school hostel or other hostel that provides boarding accommodation; or
  • accommodation provided to an international student in the residence of a family or household where five or more international students are accommodated.

Designated caregiver

A ‘designated caregiver’ is a relative or close family friend designated in writing by the parents of an international student as the caregiver and accommodation provider for that student. It does not include a boarding establishment owner, manager, or employee.

Homestay

‘Homestay’ means accommodation provided to an international student in the residence of a family or household where no more than four international students are accommodated.

Legal guardian

A “legal guardian” is a person with the legal right and responsibility to provide for the care of an international student and is appointed by a New Zealand or foreign court. The legal guardian must usually provide for the care of the student in the student’s home country.

Residential caregiver

‘Residential caregiver’ means:

  • homestay carer
  • boarding establishment manager or other person responsible for the care of international students in a boarding establishment
  • designated caregiver; or
  • in the case of temporary accommodation, a supervisor.

Temporary accommodation

‘Temporary accommodation’ includes a motel, hotel, hostel, lodge, or other tourist accommodation.