Can a PhD student apply for NZ residency if he finds a full time job while studying

Hi. If a PhD student finds a full time job while still studying, is he allowed to apply for residency while he is on student visa? has any one tried this ?

Firstly you have to decide what visa you want, a work visa (for which you need a full-time job) or a student visa to study. International student fees are very expensive if you aren’t a New Zealand resident. Anyone can apply for residency if they have enough points to do so…