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Kia ora (hello) – are you ready for the opportunity of a lifetime? We’re looking for Paramedics to join our team in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

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Live your best life as a Paramedic in New Zealand

New Zealand offers a broad range of Paramedic opportunities in a range of environments from fast paced metropolitan centres to community focused healthcare in urban, rural and remote settings.

Paramedics have the knowledge, skills and experience to assess and treat a wide range of clinical conditions, from relatively minor concerns to life threatening illness.

In recognition of increased demand for emergency ambulance services, the Government has provided significant additional financial support in the last three years for emergency ambulance service providers. This has led to increased demand for qualified Paramedics. There has also been strong demand for Paramedics across the wider health sector, as well as private service providers, since Paramedic registration was introduced in 2020.

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Working as a Paramedic in Aotearoa

Benefits and salary range

  • Paramedics with up to five years’ experience usually earn $78K-$86K per year
  • Paramedics with more experience and training can typically earn between $86K-$103K per year, whilst intensive care Paramedics can earn between $93K-$103K annually. 
Training & development
  • You can look forward to additional annual leave, free educational seminars, discounted gym memberships, and more.

Required qualifications & experience

  • University degree in Health Science majoring in Paramedicine
  • A Full Class 1 Driver's Licence  
  • Current registration and practising certificate
  • At least 4 years of field experience as a Paramedic 
  • Hold an annual practicing certificate and gain an Authority to Practice issued by an employer
  • Resilient, empathetic, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Have excellent fitness and health 
  • Willing to obtain registration with Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council of New Zealand
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Begin your career
  • Three years of training usually required.
  • There's an increasing demand for paramedic services so chances of getting a job are good!

Roles and responsibilities

  • Understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) and implementing the principles  
  • Engaging with local communities for better health outcomes
  • Have the knowledge, skills and experience to assess and treat a wide range of clinical conditions, from relatively minor concerns to life threatening illness
  • Administrative duties such as cleaning equipment and ambulances.

Internationally qualified candidates

  • EMT
  • Ambulance Officer 
  • Ambulance Paramedic 
  • Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic
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Explore Aotearoa

Whether you like the big city, the beach, the mountains, or all of the above - we have a broad range of places to call home.

Find out more information about what part of our beautiful country is the best fit for you.

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Te Tai Tokerau | Northland

Population: 194,600
Northland is a beautiful and diverse region of Aotearoa, New Zealand with plenty to offer visitors. Whether you're interested in water sports, historic sites, natural beauty or ancient Kauri trees—Northland has it all!

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Population: 650,000
Waitematā is the largest and one of the most rapidly growing districts serving the largest population of all Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand's districts. Waitematā offers a balanced lifestyle that combines the convenience of city living with the natural beauty and community spirit of suburban life.

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Te Toka Tumai Auckland

Population: 500,000
Auckland the "City of Sails" is Aotearoa, New Zealand’s largest city and commercial hub. It’s where metropolitan sophistication meets breath taking natural beauty. Auckland is filled with a variety of warm and welcoming communities, packed with new places to explore.

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Counties Manukau

Population: 500,000
Te Whatu Ora - Counties Manukau serves as a major source of employment within the Counties Manukau area, with over 8,000 individuals being employed across the region.

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Hauora a Toi | Bay of Plenty

Population: 255,110
The Bay of Plenty is a place of beautiful harbours, long surf beaches and an easy-going lifestyle. We showcase the perfect place to explore a wide range of nature-based pursuits – this gives the people of the Bay of Plenty the chance for a better work-life balance. 

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Population: 425,000
The Waikato region is known for its natural beauty, rich Māori culture, and agricultural heritage with something to offer visitors of all interests.

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Tairāwhiti | Gisborne

Population: 48,000
In family-friendly Tairāwhiti you will experience an easier pace to life that allows you to pause and reflect, and enjoy a true work life balance. Gisborne’s relative isolation is its charm, surrounded by beaches & nature - don't worry though! Larger cities are only a quick flight away.

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Population: 110,000
The Lakes District is well known for its geothermal activity and natural hot springs. The area is located in the central North Island and is home to many geothermal attractions, such as geysers, hot mud pools, and steam vents. Visitors can also relax in the region's natural hot springs, which are believed to have healing properties. 

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Population: 130,000
Taranaki is a magical place with a majestic mountain at its heart, including the rugged coastline that's world-renowned for its surf. Its residents' love of art and culture, cafes and outdoor living mean it's also fantastic to work—and play!

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Te Matau a Māui | Hawke's Bay

Population: 165,000
The Hawke's Bay region is home to many world-class wineries and vineyards, and is also famous for its beautiful landscapes, stunning beaches, and art deco architecture. Additionally, Hawke's Bay is a popular destination for food and wine tourism, outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling, and cultural events such as the annual Art Deco Weekend festival.

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Population: 65,000
Whanganui has something for everyone. Our centrally located region offers access to outdoor activities such as kayaking, skiing, surfing, tramping, cycling, fishing and hunting. Nestled between two snow-capped mountains, on the banks of Whanganui River there is always plenty to do and explore.

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Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley

Population: 445,000
Wellington, the capital city of Aotearoa New Zealand, is a bustling and diverse hub of culture and cosmopolitanism, renowned for its lively cafés, restaurants, and internationally acclaimed sporting and cultural events, all set against the stunning backdrop of a natural harbour. To the north of Wellington lie the regions of Porirua, Kapiti, and Hutt Valley.

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Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua | MidCentral

Population: 190,000
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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Population: 48,000
Located in Masterton in the Wellington Region, Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa is one of the smaller hospitals in the country with 89 inpatient beds providing comprehensive health services throughout the Wairarapa District.

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Nelson Marlborough

Population: 150,000
Nelson Marlborough has been dubbed the artistic capital with a thriving urban centre and one of New Zealand's sunniest regions.

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Te Tai o Poutini | West Coast

Population: 32,000
Te Tai o Poutini/West Coast has views of both the mountain ranges and the ocean! It is an untamed natural wilderness of beautiful rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures.  

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Waitaha | Canterbury

Population: 600,000
The Canterbury region is a great place to live and work due to its natural beauty, vibrant economy, cultural diversity, strong community, and high quality of life.

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South Canterbury

Population: 62,000
The South Canterbury district is an area of stunning beauty with great lifestyle opportunities, a safe and welcoming family-friendly environment, affordable living, excellent educational opportunities and a wide range of cultural and sporting facilities.

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Population: 350,000
Well known for its beautiful natural scenery, which includes towering mountains, stunning fjords, majestic glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes. The region is also famous for its friendly communities, charming towns, and vibrant cities such as Dunedin and Invercargill. 

Our application process

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Step 1: Application

Complete & submit your application form for review

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Step 2: Review

Your application is reviewed by Kiwi Health Jobs

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Step 3: Referral

Your profile is referred to your chosen District & employers

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Step 4: Contact

You will be contacted by District recruitment teams

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Step 5: Handover

Your application moves through employers' hiring processes

It's easier than ever to come to Aotearoa New Zealand to work in Healthcare

Our dedicated team can offer guidance on visa options for you and your immediate family, discuss relocation packages and offer settlement support once you arrive. The team will ensure you are matched a location based on your experience and lifestyle preferences.

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How Kiwi Health Jobs works for you!

When you submit an application, you will be redirected to Kiwi Health Jobs our centralised recruitment portal. The Kiwi Health Jobs team are here to simplify the recruitment process by providing guidance, answering queries and connecting you to the right people in the Districts that you are most interested to work in.

Kiwi Health Jobs also advertises a wide range of vacancies across Health Sector, that includes vacancies at public, not-for-profit and private employers. 

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Connecting you to locations across NZ that match your lifestyle

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A choice of relocation packages to help you with the move

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Recruitment expertise to assess your career aspirations

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Our Candidate Kaitiaki (guides) ensure the best outcomes for you

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Settlement support when you arrive at your new home in New Zealand

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Fulfilling career, amazing lifestyle.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, we cultivate an environment that values teamwork and prioritise patient-centred care. We’re committed to supporting and developing our staff, and we offer a wide range of training and development opportunities.

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Fulfilling career, amazing lifestyle.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, we cultivate an environment that values teamwork and prioritise patient-centred care. We’re committed to supporting and developing our staff, and we offer a wide range of training and development opportunities.

You’ll also have your pick of the Kiwi lifestyle to suit your interests! You could live in the bustling metropolis of our main centres, or relax into the easygoing vibe of coastal or rural communities.

We can make your move to New Zealand as easy as possible by providing a relocation support package, practical advice, and assistance with immigration and border requirements.

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Discover Aotearoa, Your New Home

Have your pick of the Kiwi lifestyle to suit your interests! Relax into the easygoing vibe of coastal or rural communities or live in the bustling metropolis of our main centres.

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Discover Aotearoa, Your New Home

There’s a little bit of everything on offer, from lively modern cities to rural towns that feel like a trip back in time.

Our services are offered from hospitals and clinical centres across the region, so there’s a lifestyle to suit everyone. Make the most of the diversity and amenities in our larger cities or take a break from the fast lane and settle into the friendly local communities.

If you’re tempted by sunny weather, a thriving arts and culture scene, breathtaking scenery and day trips galore, you’ll love it here.

Connect with our recruitment team

We'd love to hear from Paramedics or Ambulance Officers looking to make the move to beautiful New Zealand! Drop us a line below if you have any questions about any stage of the process.