We are looking for experienced critical care nurses who are keen to work across Aotearoa, New Zealand

Our Health System:

There are Twenty District Health Boards (DHBs) of varying sizes that make up Aotearoa, New Zealand's excellent health system each governed by members of the Ministry of Health and publicly elected members. They are responsible for providing and funding the provision of health services to the community.

Right now, we have opportunities across the country for Aotearoa, New Zealand trained critical care nurses wanting to return home, with experience working in Intensive Care (ICU), High-dependency (HDU), and Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU).

We are also keen to hear from experienced critical care nurses looking to relocate to Aotearoa, New Zealand for their next opportunity - both short and long term!

Please register your interest for Critical Care Nursing opportunities below or register for Job Alerts

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Critical Care Units

We strive to provide high quality care for our patients, and we want to do everything we can to support our Critical Care Nurses in delivering that level of care. We have 26 units across the country that provide critical care service and offer a diverse range of intensive care settings with opportunities in both metropolitan centers and smaller rural areas. To address the critical care bed shortage the New Zealand Government has committed funding to resource more ICU beds.

In larger regions there are units of up to 26 beds for patients requiring cardiothoracic, trauma, neuro, pediatric, and general intensive care. With four specialist ICUs in Auckland incorporating specialties such as burns, spinal, cardiothoracic, and pediatrics, including the national ECMO service.

In smaller centers or more rural areas you could find yourself looking after unwell children, a long-term medical patient, or an acute surgical patient, with mixed CCU and HDU spaces, supported by the larger centers if more complex input is required.

Across Aotearoa, New Zealand there are extensive flight retrieval services including fixed wing, helicopter, or road transfers of patients to the center that can provide the care that the patient requires.

Working in Critical Care

Our ICU teams work in a collaborative manner, and understand interdisciplinary working is paramount to the patient journey. Teams provide patient and whanau centred care, sharing experience between units or being supported to call on colleagues for advice, knowledge, or expertise to benefit the care of the patient.

Continual growth and education is encouraged, and assistance is provide to nurses wishing to study and gain further critical care qualifications.

Our collective agreements include paid study days for the purposes of professional development which can be used for a range of courses, research, or projects. Our New Zealand Nursing Organisation and DHBs have committed to achieve pay equity for all members of our nursing workforce to acknowledge the value of the skills and contribution of all nurses.

We want to help you get here and make it as easy as possible!

Aotearoa, New Zealand is located in the South Pacific. We may have a relatively small population (approximately 4.5 million) but we're right up there on the world stage in many areas. Whether it is sports, arts or culture we're proud of what we've achieved and healthcare is no exception. If a work-life balance is important to you, Aotearoa, New Zealand could be the perfect place to further your career. We have roles available from the winterless north through to the beautiful south. 

No matter what region you choose to take your skills, you may be eligible for our relocation package to assist with the following expenses:
  • Flights to Aotearoa, New Zealand
  • Self-isolation* costs (including family members) 
  • Support with finding permanent accommodation 
  • Additional grants to assist with shipping costs and more. 
*The international border is reopening in five phases for fully vaccinated, eligible travelers to enter New Zealand. You can find out more about what this means for you by visiting our New Zealand Immigration website here. 

Relocating to Aotearoa, New Zealand


New Zealand Immigration has introduced a new fast track pathway to residency for critical health workers. It's now quicker and easier to get here. Get in touch to find out how we can support you with your application.

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Once you have received your job offer your next step is to register with the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Once you have registration you can apply for an Annual Practicing Certificate. We can help you each step of the way.

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Relocation Packages

Relocation packages are available and can help with expenses such as your flights to Aotearoa, New Zealand, self isolation costs, support with finding permanent accommodation, and other expenses.

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Regional Opportunities

Northern Region Critical Care Opportunities

Midlands Region Critical Care Opportunities

Central Region Critical Care Opportunities

Southern Region Critical Care Opportunities

Northern Region Contacts

Northland DHB
Recruitment lead: Jo Nelley
Clinical lead: Joanne West

Waitemata DHB
Recruitment lead: Ursula Viljoen or Nathan Ellitts
Clinical lead: Peter Groom

Auckland DHB
Recruitment lead: Pieter Erasmus
Clinical lead: Janine Rouse

Counties Manukau DHB
Recruitment lead: Neshanee Naidoo
Clinical lead: Kathleen Devoy

Midlands Region Contacts

Waikato DHB
Recruitment lead: Rex Valenzuela
Clinical lead: Deborah Trail

Bay of Plenty DHB
Recruitment lead: Liz Buckley
Clinical lead: Chris Southerwood or Lou Blackburn

Lakes DHB
Recruitment lead: Desiree Edwards or Ngaire Bolstad
Clinical lead: Annie Morley

Hauora Tairawhiti DHB
Recruitment lead: Naomi Hughes or Kirsty Huhu
Clinical lead: Roger Huntington

Taranaki DHB
Recruitment lead: Charles Hunt
Clinical lead: Stephanie Besseling or Hailey Wells

Central Region Contacts

Hawkes Bay DHB
Recruitment lead: Anna Walter
Clinical lead: Janet How

Whanganui DHB
Recruitment lead: Julie Whyte
Clinical lead: Joanne Vigenser

MidCentral DHB
Recruitment lead: Helen Manoharan
Clinical lead: Kellie Stickney or Chris Simpson

Wairarapa DHB
Recruitment lead: Sueanne McGlashan
Clinical lead: Phill Halligan

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHB
Recruitment lead: Shelly Alexander
Clinical lead: Chris Kerr

Southern Region Contacts

Nelson Marlborough DHB
Recruitment lead: Kaylene Sherwood
Clinical lead: S Mclean-Cooper

West Coast DHB
Recruitment lead: Tracey Sutherland
Clinical lead: Sarah Gilsenan

Canterbury DHB
Recruitment lead: Steph Keene
Clinical lead: Jacinda King or Nikki Ford

South Canterbury DHB
Recruitment lead: Catherine Robertson or Brenna Shaw
Clinical lead: Richard Whitticase or Rachel Mills

Southern DHB
Recruitment lead: Tamara Hannagan
Clinical lead: Carla Snow

Hear testimonies from some of our Critical Care Nurses!