joker97: How would an Australian coming over for a holiday know to apply for a work visa? I wouldn't have known!
But then I don't have an au pair.
An Australian wouldn't need to apply for a work visa. An Australian citizen or (in most cases) permanent resident is entitled to enter, stay, study or work in New Zealand. Of course, this rule doesn't apply to French au pairs...
I maintain, they just said the wrong thing(s) on the wrong day to the wrong person.
What came out: she's an au pair, she will be babysitting when we ski, she will be skiing when we aren't.
What should be said: she is here to ski with us, we are perfectly capable parents to our children.