New Zealand partner visa is for partners who are married or in de-facto relationship (opposite or same sex) with a resident or citizen of New Zealand. Applicants who have not lived together with their NZ partner for 12 months will initially be granted work visa and will be granted resident visa after complying with 12 months living together requirement.
If you meet all of the following requirements except the requirement of living together for 12 months, you will qualify for work visa under NZ partnership category to enable you to move to NZ and comply with the living together requirement. You
You can work for any employer in any position on work visa under partnership category.
After you have lived together with your NZ partner and continue to meet partnership requirements, you will qualify for resident visa.