Many students who have entered New Zealand then wish to stay on and work. There two options under the New Zealand Study to Work Visa category of temporary work visa:
1. If you do not have a job offer but wish to stay and work in New Zealand
In this instance you would need to apply for a post study open work visa. This provides you with a 12 month post study work permit which is not specific to an employer. Should you subsequently be offered a suitable position you can then apply for a 2 or 3 year employer assisted work visa.
2. If you have a job offer from a New Zealand employer that you wish to take up
In this instance you would need to apply for post study employer assisted work visa. This can be for a 2 year period of time and extended to 3 when working towards a membership or registration that requires more than 2 years of work experience.