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About the Automotive and Marine Industry in New Zealand

There’s plenty to do in the automotive and marine industry in New Zealand. Roles include sales, engineering, technicians, electrical experts, administrative roles, and many more.

About Marine

As an island nation, the maritime sector is at the heart of New Zealand’s economic success and social fabric. This is an industry that often crosses sectors and involves collaboration to meet regulatory and industry needs. Maritime New Zealand works with port companies and regional councils, as well as education and certification providers.

 

Maritime NZ is one of four Crown entities monitored by the Ministry of Transport. They work to ensure the safety, security, and environmental protection of the marine environment. They do this through regulation, compliance, and response.

 

The maritime community in New Zealand is diverse and made up of everything from recreational dinghys to large trade vessels. 

About Automotive

The Automotive industry measures its success by New Vehicle registrations within New Zealand. This is an industry that continues to experience record years of sales and new vehicles on our roads.

 

New Zealand has one of the highest car ownership ratios in the world. Toyota, Ford, and General Motors Holden division still dominate the new car market. Because of high demand and economic restructuring, most new - and sometimes older model - vehicles now enter New Zealand fully assembled. A small number of boutique kit and replica firms remain, but the majority of vehicles come from Japan.

Jobs in Automotive and Marine Sector

  • Automotive technicians

  • Diesel mechanics

  • Vehicle and heavy equipment/heavy transport sales staff

  • Parts vacancies

  • Administration positions

  • Motor body builders

  • Panel beaters

  • Automotive refinishers

  • Support staff

  • Intermediate management

  • Senior management

For Visa Applicants: Roles On the Skills Shortages List

If you are offered a job which appears on the list below, and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work visa will be easier. This is because the government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills.

 

  • Vehicle painter

  • Panel beater

  • Motor Mechanic (General)

  • Motor Mechanic (Automotive Air Conditioning Technician)

  • Composite Technician

  • Automotive Electrician

  • Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)

Industry Snapshots

99% - of imports and exports carried by sea

4 million - tonnes of freight shipped annually

14 - Commercial ports in New Zealand

10 - Container ports in New Zealand

17.6 Million - Cars and trucks sold each year

$290 million - Spent annually on automotive advertising

43% - of the 15+ population are considering buying a car in the next year

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