Workforce Initiatives

Te Whatu Ora is committed to addressing immediate workforce pressures through initiatives that support and train health workers so that we can deliver better health outcomes for all New Zealanders.

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A Better Place to Nurse!

Te Whatu Ora's newest recruitment campaign is looking for Nurses to fill positions across Aotearoa, New Zealand. Nursing in New Zealand is highly fulfilling and we have great entitlements so that you can spend time exploring everything that New Zealand has to offer. If you're interested in pursuing your Nursing career here, or looking to broaden your experience, we can help make that your reality. Check out our campaign to learn more about why New Zealand is a better place to Nurse!

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Kiwi Health Jobs (KHJ)

Owned by Te Whatu Ora, KHJ advertises all healthcare jobs across Aotearoa, New Zealand in one handy place.

Internationally Qualified Nurses CAP Fund

Te Whatu Ora has established an Internationally Qualified Nurses (IQNs) Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) Fund to help support nurses gain registration to work in New Zealand.

IQNs who are required to complete a CAP to become registered to work in New Zealand can apply for reimbursement of up to NZ$10,000 by filling out an Expression of Interest before the CAP course starts. More information can be found on the Te Whatu Ora website.

Reimbursement of costs will be considered when IQNs have completed their course and can provide evidence of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Competence Assessment Programme offered by a provider accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand that begin from 1 August 2022
  • Registration from the Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • A confirmed offer of employment in a direct patient-facing role in health settings such as hospitals, aged care, GP practices, mental health and addictions.
  • Required work visa to work in New Zealand
  • Confirmation of a bonding agreement with the employer for up to two years.

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NZREX Graduates Pilot Programme

The Minister of Health has announced two pilot initiatives for selected New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX) Graduates to be managed by Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand:

  1. NZREX Bridging Programme
    The initial pilot will be for a cohort of up to 10 candidates and will be run in the Northern Region (based in Auckland).
  2. General Practice pathway internship
    The initial pilot  will be for a cohort of 8-10 candidates and will be delivered in partnership with primary care providers in the Waikato region.

These pilots will be targeted at candidates who have passed the NZREX in the last five years.  

The details of the pilot programmes are currently being developed by Te Whatu Ora.  This will include the selection process and criteria for each programme.  

Information on the selection process and criteria will be publicised on the Te Whatu Ora’s careers website. The plan is to have this available before the end of October 2022.

Applications to Te Whatu Ora for the programmes are anticipated to open in November. Applications will not be received by Te Whatu Ora prior to this.