According to the Education Act, a domestic student is a person who is -

a) A New Zealand Citizen or

b)  The holder of a residence class visa granted under the Immigration Act 2009 who satisfies the criteria (if any) prescribed by regulations made  under subsection (4) or

c)  A person of a class or description of person required by the Minister, by notice in the Gazette, to be treated as if they are not international  students.

For more information, please see the New Zealand Ministry of Education's definition of a Domestic student.

If you have further questions, please contact Student Central (Te Pae Kōrero).