If you have a student loan in NZ ensure that you arrange payments. If you plan to visit NZ and have not arranged payments you may not be allowed to leave until payments have been made. 

News on NZ Student Loans - Information from: https://www.ird.govt.nz/news-updates/like-to-know-sl-changes-2014.html

Student loan changes from 1 April 2014

Read the Minister's statement on our Policy Advice Division's website

Overseas-based borrower repayment obligations

Changes to the overseas-based borrower repayment regime include two new annual repayment obligations in addition to the current overseas-based repayment thresholds. Borrowers with a loan balance over $45,000 will also need to repay more per year towards their loan.

A borrower's annual repayment obligation will be set at a fixed minimum amount, which will no longer decrease as the borrowers' loan balance decreases.

Stronger measures for those who have defaulted on their overseas-based repayment obligation

We can now request an arrest warrant to stop borrowers from leaving New Zealand next time they visit, if they are significantly behind on their overseas-based repayment obligation. Similar provisions already exist under the Child Support Act 1991.

Find out about repayment obligations for overseas-based borrowers

Changes to New Zealand-based borrower obligations

From 1 April 2014 onwards, the income we use to calculate student loan repayment obligations for New Zealand-based borrowers will now include a number of new income types and adjustments.

Find out more about income types and adjustments

How much will I need to repay each year?

If you’re significantly behind on your repayments

If you're significantly behind on your repayment obligation and you haven't talked to us recently about your loan repayments you may be stopped from leaving New Zealand next time you come home for a visit.

If you are uncertain, or concerned that this may apply to you, you should contact us as soon as possible. We can work with you to arrange a repayment plan that will suit your situation and get you back on track with your loan.

Information from: http://www.nzembassy.com/australia/new-zealanders-overseas/living-australia/student-loans

What will happen if I don't pay?

Stronger measures for those who have defaulted on their overseas-based repayment obligation

We can now request an arrest warrant to stop borrowers from leaving New Zealand next time they visit, if they are significantly behind on their overseas-based repayment obligation. Similar provisions already exist under the Child Support Act 1991.

New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia

Student Loans

Leaving New Zealand may affect your student loan, whether you’re taking a short trip, doing your OE, studying abroad, or moving overseas permanently.

People away from New Zealand for up to 6 months are usually considered to be New Zealand based borrowers, and are still entitled to an interest-free student loan.

People away from New Zealand for more than 6 months are charged interest on their student loan.  They may be entitled to a repayment holiday of up to 3 years – but interest will continue to be charged on their loan, so it’s a good idea to make voluntary repayments.

Visit the Inland Revenue website to find out what you need to do before leaving, what your repayment obligations are, interest charges, and how to make repayments. Or if you're already based overseas, find out what to do if you plan to return to New Zealand.

How to pay your Student Loan

Information from: http://www.orbitremit.com/ird/?gclid=CMnuzIqkhb4CFdd7vQod3DAAjA