Get the best of both worlds - the perfect blend of rural and city living with the mountains, city and sea at your fingertips. 

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About the Region

The MidCentral region is in the lower part of the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. The region includes the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Ōtaki on the west coast, and Tararua on the east in its catchment area, with the majority of the population living in Palmerston North city. 

MidCentral District is well-known for its diverse and visually stunning rolling hills, rugged mountains and the Manawatū River. The main city Palmerston North, a "university city", is a hub for travel to the central North Island ski fields and river adventures. Palmerston North is also home to the iconic New Zealand Rugby Museum! 

MidCentral on the NZ map
Te Apiti Manawatu Gorge | Credit: ManawatuNZ

Health New Zealand - MidCentral

About Health New Zealand

Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora is the Government organisation that provides publicly-funded universal health care to 5 million Kiwis. The management and delivery of health services are broken down into 'Districts' across the country, determined by both geographic location and population.

Health New Zealand - Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua MidCentral 

Health New Zealand – MidCentral serves over 200,000 people in Horowhenua, Manawatū, Palmerston North, Tararua, and Kapiti Coast (The Ōtaki ward). The regional base hospital is Palmerston North Hospital, which has an Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, trauma centres, and Regional Cancer Treatment service.

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Palmerston North Regional Hospital and Horowhenua Health Centre

MidCentral's multicultural workforce provides healthcare to people from all walks of life, committed to supporting all New Zealanders to live longer, healthier lives. With state-of-the art facilities and advanced treatment equipment in our modern hospitals, we offer everything you need for a successful career—and life!

Palmerston North Regional Hospital is one of New Zealand's prestigious teaching hospitals providing leading specialised care and emergency treatment to the MidCentral region. Community Health services like Māori health, mental health, district nursing and inpatient services are also provided from both Palmerston North and Horowhenua Health Centre. 

palmerston north hospital

MidCentral Health Services

Services A to P

BreastScreen Coast to Coast
Child Health
Dental Health
Dietetic Services
Disability Support Services
Emergency Department
Māori Health Service
Medical Imaging
Medical Services
Mental Health & Addiction Services
Planned Care (Elective Services)
Primary health organisations and general practice
Public Health

Services R to Z

Regional Cancer Treatment Service
Rehabilitation Services
Renal Specialist Care / Unit
Rural Health
Sexual Health Services
Support and Advocacy Services
Surgical and Anaesthetics
Te Whare Rapuora
Therapy Services
Women’s Health

Relocating to MidCentral

Ready for a fresh start? Whether you're starting anew by yourself or with your family, the MidCentral District offers a unique blend of nature and community.

Palmerston North Square | Credit: ManawatuNZ

Getting around

Traveling around MidCentral is an experience filled with variety, offering everything from beaches and rugged mountains to city life and tranquil countryside.

Akitio beach

Getting around

When you arrive

Airport pick up arrangements

You will be offered the opportunity to be met at the local airport by a MidCentral representative. Be sure to check with your manager and refer to your employment agreement.

Driving in New Zealand

You're allowed to use your current driver's license in New Zealand for up to 12 months during your visit. After that, you'll need to change it to a New Zealand license. You can find out more about driving in New Zealand here.

Other ways to travel around MidCentral
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Housing options

From coastal, to rural, to urban, there is a wide range of housing options in MidCentral. Each town offers a unique community feel and lifestyle benefits.

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Housing options

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When you arrive

Short term accommodation

Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora – MidCentral can assist you with getting suitable accommodation for you and your family. Your accommodation will be individually tailored to meet your and/or your family's needs on a case-by-case basis. 

Other temporary accommodation options



Renting is a great way to get to know the area before making a commitment to buy or build a house. Local rental agencies can help you to locate a property. Note that most rentals in Aotearoa are unfurnished, however, furniture and whiteware can be rented in some parts of the country. Searching online is a good place to start, you can check out these websites: 

Rental agencies


Buying or building a house

We know that moving to a new country is a major move, and buying or building a house there makes it even more significant. If you're in a healthcare profession on New Zealand's "Green List" of occupations, you're in a unique position to fast-track your residency, bringing you closer to the dream of owning a house in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Usually, only residents and NZ citizens can buy a house to live in, in Aotearoa. When you can, use the "Help us assess if you can buy a house to live in" tool to learn more about the process.


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Take the next step

Made the decision to move to Aotearoa, New Zealand?

Fill out our five-minute form with your details, and we'll match you to your preferred location based on your experience and preferences.

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We'd love to help, reach out to us!

Interested in relocating to the Mid Central District? Our dedicated team is here to provide guidance and support throughout your journey, so don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.