MEDICAL, NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL JOBS
NEW ZEALAND, AOTEAROA, THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD
New Zealand, with its unique blend of Maori and European cultures combined with spectacular scenery, is one of the most popular destinations for global expatriates looking for a good work life balance in a safe, economically stable country with a relaxed and healthy outdoor lifestyle. It consistently ranks at the top in HSBC’s Expat Explorer Surveys and Mercer’s Quality of Life Rankings.
New Zealand also ranks highly in international comparisons, in education, protection of civil liberties, government transparency, and economic freedom.
The national economy is dominated by the service sector, followed by the industrial sector, and agriculture; international tourism is a significant source of revenue.
Over 30% of the land is dedicated to national parks and other protected areas. It is a land of soaring mountains, spectacular glaciers, picturesque lakes, volcanic plateaux and thermal wonderlands, as well as miles of glorious coastline.
KEY INFORMATION FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS SEEKING TO PRACTISE IN NEW ZEALAND
Licence to practice: you will need to apply for a licence to practise your profession in New Zealand if taking up a clincal role. Our exprienced recruiters will assist you with the application.
English Language fluency: a good level of written and spoken English is requried to work in New Zealand. If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate English fluency by taking the IELTS or OET test.
Health: as part of the visa application process, you wlll need to demonstrate that you and your family members are all in good health. Most visa categories require a medical examination.
Healthcare in New Zealand: citizens and permanent residents are entitled to healthcare. All visitors or temporary migrants from countries who have a reciprocal agreement with the New Zealand authorities (such as Australia, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Guernsey, Ireland, Jersey, the Netherlands and the UK) are also entitled to receive state health benefits. If you are from a country without a reciprocal agreement, you will need to purchase healthcare insurance.
Property Rental Agreements: The most common type of tenancy agreement available when living in New Zealand is a periodic tenancy that had no fixed time scale. Periodic tenancy agreements are terminated by giving three weeks written notice to the landlord. The landlord is able to end the tenancy agreement by providing six weeks written notice to the tenant.
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT NEW ZEALAND
Capital City: Wellington
Other major cities: Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch
Neighbouring countries: none although Australia is located north west and the islands Tonga and Fiji are north.
Political System: a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy in which the British Monarch is the head of state and represented by the Governor General. The head of government is the Prime Minister.
Major Religion: Christianity
Official Languages: English, Maori, New Zealand Sign Language
Currency: New Zealand Dollar NZD, divided into 100 cents. It is relatively easy for expats to open a bank account with proof of address and identification and ATMS and internet banking are widely available.
Time: New Zealand Daylight Time (NZDT) is GMT+ 13.
Country Code: +64
Electricity: 230V supply voltage and 50Hz with three flat pin plug
Internet Domain: .nz
Emergency Contacts: 111
Transport and Driving: Cars in New Zealand drive on the left hand side and driving is often the best way to get around. All New Zealand cities and most towns have buses, and Auckland and Wellington both have city-suburban rail services. Ferries operate between islands and flights connect cities and larger towns.
LIVING IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand is an island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of two main landmasses, the North and South Islands, and more than 700 smaller islands covering a total area of 103,500 square miles.
The majority of the cities are located on the North Island, whilst the South Island is more well-known for its breathtaking countryside and vast range of outdoor activities, such as bungee jumping, adventure caving, heli-biking and white water rafting. For the less adventurous there are other ways to enjoy the countryside though the diverse networks of nature reserves, country parks, beaches and walking tracks that cover a combined length of 551km.
HEALTH SERVICES IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand has publically funded medical care provided via 20 health boards, 15 in the North Island and 5 in the South Island. Each health board provides public health and personal medical and dental care.
There are four cities with tertiary healthcare services: Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch. Outside the major cities, medical care is provided through a network of regional general hospitals with 10-350 beds and clinics.
New Zealand welcomes doctors, nurses and allied health professionals from all over the world.