Kiwi Express Couriers
Kiwi Couriers

Become a Kiwi Courier


Kiwi Express is one of New Zealand's most respected and progressive time critical courier providers. We are always interested in talking with highly motivated and professional people wanting to become independent contractors.

If you are looking for a challenge, a fast paced working environment, a team of dedicated professionals then you have come to the right place.

You will find all you need to know about becoming a courier including all the set up costs and ongoing expenses involved in being a contracted courier for Kiwi Express.

Working for Kiwi Express

Kiwi Express Couriers is a part of the Freightways Group of Companies. The Freightways Group includes such companies as SUB60, New Zealand Couriers and Post Haste Couriers. We have branches, contractors, staff and agents throughout New Zealand.

All Kiwi Express couriers are independent contractors running their own small business. As you will be self-employed there are legal obligations you will need to comply with. We recommend all of our contractors engage the services of an accountant and lawyer to ensure these obligations are met.

What you will need to bring to the partnership

Our vehicles are less than six years old and must be approved prior to purchase. This is to ensure the fleet stays modern and tidy. Newer vehicles typically have lower emissions and better fuel economy.

  • A full New Zealand Drivers Licence
  • Dangerous Goods Licence
  • Full motor vehicle insurance
  • Public and Carriers Liability Insurance

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ's

How do I get paid as a Contractor?
Contractors are paid monthly for the jobs they complete. Each courier receives a percentage of the amount we charge the customer for the movement of the item. At the end of the month an invoice is generated for the company to pay the drivers. You will be paid for the previous months work on the 20th of each month.

What are the Hours of the Job?
Contractors are required to be available from 7:30am to 6:00pm; most of our fleet operates from 8:00am to 5:30pm. Kiwi Express also operates an after hours on call fleet 24hrs a day 365 days a year.

Are there any additional Benefits?

Paid Training Kiwi Express drivers receive a training payment, we pay a daily training allowance while you train in the office or while out on the road with another driver.
Proven business Model With over 26 years experience and the support of the Freightways Group our business model is both reliable and resilient. Our contractors enjoy the support of the whole company and the additional financial benefits that being part of this group has to offer.
Free Hardware There is no initial cost to our contractors for the hardware we use. There is an installation charge for the RT and GPS but you are not required to purchase the equipment outright like other contractor models.
Sales We offer the full services of our sales department to help you develop additional business. We actively communicate with our fleet to find additional areas of growth to improve our contractor earnings.
Fuel We offer fuel cards to all our drivers through our preferred suppliers. Fuel Cards offer discounted rates and the purchases are deducted monthly from your pay.
Tyres Kiwi Express has a national arrangement with Beaurepaires giving drivers a 20% on tyre purchases.

What are my Costs ?

There are initial start-up costs as well as ongoing expenses. Listed below are the typical expenses our couriers incur. Kiwi Express can arrange for an interest free deduction plan to help you with your start up costs.

Initial Setup Costs Approx Cost
Vehicle Varies
Decals – Sign writing $500 inc GST
Uniform $200
Dangerous Goods Licence $160
GPS/RT Combo Unit Installation $273.50
Living Expenses* Varies
Total Setup Costs (Approx) $950 to $1,300

* Living Expenses: 4-6 Weeks depending on start date. You will not be paid until the 20th of the following month.

Ongoing Costs Approx Cost
Uniform $150 (per annum)
GPS/RT Rental $87.67
Fuel - Depending on Vehicle type $700 -$900
Insurances $33.54
Total Setup Costs (Approx) $930 - $1150
Where to from Here?

If you are interested in becoming an independent contractor for Kiwi Express please download the Application for Contract form and e-mail it to recruitment@messenger.co.nz. Our recruitment adviser will be in touch within 24hrs.