JWH New Zealand

Living and Working in New Zealand

New Zealand can offer a truly wide range of sceneries, from luscious country side, volcanic springs to mountainous ranges. With its temperate climate, this is the ideal country to experience the outdoor lifestyle, whether you are skiing in the South Island or enjoying a relaxing stroll along the beach.

New Zealand can also offer the most daring person a taste of adventure as it is also the home of extreme sports; such as bungy jumping in Queenstown or Black Abyss caving in the Ruakuri Caves, Waitomo!

Kiwis, as New Zealanders are affectionately nicknamed, are known for their friendly and laid back manner. It is not hard to see why! New Zealand offers a very easy going lifestyle, where you will find a good balance of time spent working and time spent with family and friends.
The country is becoming an increasingly exciting place to live. With modern infrastructures, low tax rates and an increasing population. It is an ideal place to consider when planning your next career move.

For more information on what New Zealand has to offer, please visit: www.newzealandnow.govt.nz

The New Zealand Healthcare System

New Zealand has both a public and private healthcare system, and both offer high standards of care.

In the public system, essential healthcare services are provided free for all New Zealanders and people in New Zealand on a work permit valid for two years or longer.

Alongside the public system, private healthcare offers access to private hospitals for the treatment of both urgent and non-urgent conditions (excluding Accident and Emergency Care). The network of private hospitals and clinics provides a range of services that include recuperative care, elective procedures and a range of general surgical procedures. There are also private radiology clinics and testing laboratories.

The public system

The government-funded public health system works on a community-oriented model, with three key sectors.

  • District Health Boards – District Health Boards (DHBs) are funded by the government and are responsible for providing or funding health and disability services in their district.
  • Primary Health Care – Primary health care covers a broad range of out-of-hospital services, although not all of them are government funded. Primary health care includes first level services such as general practice, mobile nursing and community health services.
  • PHOs (Primary Health Organisations) – PHOs are the local structures for delivering and co-ordinating primary health care services. PHOs bring together doctors, nurses and other health professionals (such as Māori health workers, health promotion workers) in the community to serve the needs of their enrolled patients.

The private system

Private healthcare in New Zealand includes specialist services, primary care and private hospitals which provide non-urgent and elective treatments that complement the public health service’s focus on urgent and essential treatments.

There are also many private accident, emergency and medical clinics that operate in the private sector, often providing services outside the usual hours of doctors and clinics in the public system. [Medical Council of New Zealand]

Getting Organised


The registration time is generally quicker in New Zealand when compared to Australia. New Zealand generally offers more flexibility on short term/locum placements, generally known as ‘Locum Tenens’, this is available to GPs or Specialists looking for short term contracts up to 12 months. One of our experienced consultants at Julie Warner Health will be able to advise you on the appropriate registration pathway for you.

  • Consultants and General Practitioners

    Allow at least 1-4 months. The type of registration required is dependent on whether you intend to work in New Zealand permanently or in a locum position of up to 12 months. This will mainly be determined by:

    www.mcnz.org.nz The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)


  • Sonographers and Radiographers

    Allow 4-6 weeks. For more information on the registration process, get in touch with one of our team members or visit:
    www.mrtboard.org.nz Medical Radiation Technologists Board

Language Requirements:

All overseas applicants without English as their first language are usually required to sit an examination with the international English language testing system (IELTS).

For more information on the IELTS examinations please visit: www.ielts.org


There are a wide range of visas available dependant on the type of job position you are looking to take.

Please visit www.immigration.govt.nz for more information on the New Zealand visas available to you.

Please get in touch with the team at Julie Warner Health, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have when considering a career move to New Zealand


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