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We're looking for Pathologists to join us in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  

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Make a Difference, Somewhere Different as a Pathologist
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Work as a Pathologist in New Zealand

Roles for Pathologists across many specialties are in demand throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand right now.  

One of the best things about living and working in Aotearoa, New Zealand are the opportunities to experience nature, outdoor adventure and vibrant cities so close to where you live and work.

Our Pathologists usually work in laboratories in urban centres, though increasingly laboratories may be part of a network across a region. Some Pathologists also see patients and are involved directly in the day-to-day delivery of patient care.

Work is usually during business hours with some rostered-on-call commitments outside these times which means you can truly experience the lifestyle and everything Aotearoa, New Zealand has to offer you.

Pathologists are on Tier 1 of New Zealand's Green List which means you are eligible for a fast-tracked Straight to Residence Visa and can apply for New Zealand residency before you arrive, provided you have a job offer from an accredited employer, like us! 


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Photo location + credit: Abel Tasman, Nelson - Miles Holden

Benefits and salary range

  • In New Zealand, the salary and benefits of some roles are determined by collective agreements between unions and employers.
  • The Pathologists collective agreement can be found on the Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora website.

Additional allowances may include: 

  • Relocation support 
  • On-call availability allowance
  • Continuing medical education (up to $16K per year)
  • Six weeks of paid annual leave is available per year

Required qualifications and experience

To work in Aotearoa New Zealand, you will need a medical degree registerable with the New Zealand Medical Council (MCNZ) and pathology training equivalent to the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) allowing you to be eligible for vocational registration in your area of pathology.

Training & development

Continuing medical education (CME) funds and leave is available to meet the requirements of the RCPA Continuing Professional Development programme.


Roles & responsibilities

  • You will perform duties as required by your service to meet the needs of your discipline and population. 
  • A good understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) and implementing the principles for better health outcomes is necessary for all healthcare practitioners.

Internationally qualified candidates

You will require an assessment of your medical degree and specialist training by the MCNZ and RCPA.

In New Zealand, pathology has the following areas of activity. These relate to either the methods used or the types of disease which they investigate: 

  • Anatomical Pathologist

  • Chemical Pathologist

  • Forensic Pathologist

  • Genetic Pathologist

  • Haematologist

  • Immunopathologist

  • Microbiologist


Alternate titles globally 

  • Histopathologist

  • Microbiologist

  • Clinical Biochemist

  • Cellular pathology

  • Clinical Pathologist

Begin your career

Pathology underpins every aspect of medicine, from diagnostic testing and monitoring of chronic diseases to cutting-edge genetic research and blood transfusion technologies; Pathology is integral to the diagnosis of every cancer.

Doctors usually train broadly in medicine before undertaking a 5-year structured training programme in their chosen area of pathology, cumulating in Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Pathologists (RCPA) and vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).


Pathologist testing in the lab | Source: internal photoshoot (name TBA)

Career and Lifestyle Match

Want to know more about our beautiful Districts? Or, are you ready to choose your preferred locations? Our Candidate Management team will tailor a lifestyle and career match for you!

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Apply for Registration

As an overseas qualified Pathologist, you will need to gain registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. See which pathway for registration is best based on your country of origin and qualifications. 

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Photo location + credit: Wānaka, Otago - Alistair Guthrie


Explore Aotearoa

Aotearoa New Zealand has been in the top 5 countries in the Global Peace Index every year since it launched in 2009, and has a broad range of places to call home, from the bustling metropolis of our main centres, to the easygoing vibe of our coastal or rural communities.

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

Te Tai Tokerau

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 Health New Zealand. Waitematā offers a balanced lifestyle that combines the convenience of city living with the natural beauty and community spirit of suburban life.

Explore Waitematā

Te Toka Tumai Auckland

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 breathtaking natural beauty. Auckland is filled with a variety of warm and welcoming communities, packed with new places to explore.

Explore Auckland

Counties Manukau

Counties Manukau

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

Explore Counties Manukau

Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty

Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty

Population: 255,110
The Bay of Plenty is a place of beautiful harbours, long surf beaches and an easygoing 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.

Explore the Waikato


Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Population: 48,000
In family-friendly Tairāwhiti you will experience an easier pace to life that allows you to pause, 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.

Explore Gisborne



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!

Explore Taranaki

Te Mataua Maui HawkesBay

Te Matau a Māui Hawke's Bay

Population: 180,000
Known for its world-class wineries, stunning beaches and temperate climate, Hawke’s Bay boasts a lifestyle that is unmatched. The region is a popular destination for food and wine tourism, hiking, cycling and cultural events such as the annual Art Deco festival.

Explore Hawke's Bay



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.

Explore Whanganui

Capital Coast and Hutt Valley

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.

Explore Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley

Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua Mid Central

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, Health New Zealand - Wairarapa is one of the smaller hospitals in the country with 89 inpatient beds providing comprehensive health services throughout the Wairarapa District.

Explore the Wairarapa

Nelson Marlborough

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

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.  

Explore the West Coast

Waitaha Canterbury

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.

Explore Canterbury

South Canterbury

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. 

Explore the Southern District

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

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How Kiwi Health Jobs works for you

When you apply, you will be redirected to Kiwi Health Jobs, a centralised recruitment portal that is owned and operated by Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora. 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 where you are most interested in working.

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

Photo location + credit: Barrytown, West Coast - Miles Holden

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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

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

Moving to Aotearoa New Zealand is a fantastic opportunity and a big step, we're here for you! 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.