July 2023



We’d like to announce that the review of six beauty services qualifications has now been approved by NZQA. See below for more details.


New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology (Level 4) [Ref:3443] 

New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) [Ref:3444] 

New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5) [Ref:3445] 

New Zealand Certificate in Spa Therapy (Level 5) [Ref:3457] 

New Zealand Certificate in Specialised Epilation Therapy (Level 6) [Ref:3458] 

New Zealand Certificate in Specialised Skin Care Therapy (Level 6) [Ref:3459] 



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Government Consulting on Options to Improve Protections for Contractors


Submission completed and submitted by the NZARBP


January 2020

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety has opened consultation on possible changes to better protect vulnerable contractors in New Zealand. They are keen to hear what you think about these options for change.

While contracting arrangements can be beneficial for both firms and workers, they do not work for everyone.

There are two situations in New Zealand that we are particularly concerned about:

  • Some workers are misclassified as ‘independent contractors’ when they are, in substance, employees, so miss out on basic employment rights and protections.
  • Some workers are in a ‘grey zone’ between employee and contractor status and may have low bargaining power and be vulnerable to poor outcomes.


They have developed a number of possible options to improve legal protections for these workers, which can be grouped into four main approaches:

  • deter employers from misclassifying workers as contractors and not employees,
  • make it easier for workers to access a determination of their employment status,
  • change who is an employee under New Zealand law, and
  • enhance protections for contractors without making them employees.

These options aim to provide a fair balance between protecting vulnerable contractors, and keeping the flexibility, independence, and other benefits of contracting in arrangements where it works.

A full outline of the problem and options for change can be found in the discussion document here.

They value your views on these options, including which changes would make the biggest difference, and how they could be implemented effectively. You can provide them with feedback in any form, and you do not need to answer all of the questions asked in the discussion document.

Visit to have your say.


Please share this link with those in your network who may be interested in making a submission.


Your feedback will help us develop a comprehensive response to the challenges faced by contractors who experience poor outcomes in New Zealand.

Consultation closes at 5pm on 14 February 2020.  



NZARBP Executive Committee Member

Michaella Messenger talks to NewsHub

RE: Regulation with in Micropigmentation/ Cosmetic Tattoo Industry - 10 August 2019

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The call for Regulation within our Industry.

Be proud that you are a member of the NZARBP, show everyone that they are definitely in 'Safe Hands' with you.


    ✔️  A QUALIFIED Beauty Professional.
    ✔️  You adhere to STRICT health and hygiene protocols and practices.
    ✔️  You are insured!
    ✔️  And you belong to a community of like-minded professional women which are some of the most forward-thinking in the country.

 April 2019



Concern over minimum standards for the appearance industry driving change

Tattoo shops, beauty salons, cosmetic clinics, spas, nail clinics and skin piercing businesses in Lower Hutt are to be asked for their views on a new bylaw which would set health and safety standards for the appearance industry. And it is a move that is being welcomed by Regional Public Health, and many in the industry including the New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Professionals and the New Zealand Sterile Sciences Association.

The proposed “Appearance Industry Bylaw” would cover businesses where there is no regulation currently. It would not apply to health care facilities, registered medical practitioners, registered acupuncturists, or pharmacies as these services are already subject to industry and professional standards.

“Unlike many countries there is no law in New Zealand that regulates the appearance industry. It is up to councils to set minimum standards in regulations that apply to the businesses operating in their local authority,” says Dean Bentley Environmental Team Leader Hutt City Council.

“While many businesses have good policies and practices to prevent clients getting infections or cuts, others do not. In some situations, operators are not aware that the way they have been doing things is no longer best practice and potentially puts people at risk. We need to look at setting standards that protect customers so they can feel confident in the services they are purchasing,” says Bentley. 

The proposed bylaw would assist in promoting and protecting public health by requiring people and premises providing appearance services to comply with minimum standards for sterilisation and hygiene. These requirements would reduce the risk of injury, transference of communicable diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, HIV/Aids, viral, bacterial or fungal skin or wound infections. The bylaw would also outline a licencing process involving inspection and certification by Council’s environmental health team.

To assist with the development of the bylaw a ‘pre-consultation’ phase is being held until 31 May 2019. This allows Hutt City Council to consider feedback before drafting a formal bylaw which would be formally consulted on.

Information on the pre-consultation underway on the Appearance Industry Bylaw can be found here:


28 March 2019

 Re: Regulations with the Nail Industry

Kim Ryan talks to NewsHub