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SLIG :: Nurse Link :: Nursing in Newzealand

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New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island), and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands. The indigenous Ma-ori language name for New Zealand is Aotearoa, commonly translated as The Land of the Long White Cloud. The Realm of New Zealand also includes the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing but in free association); Tokelau; and the Ross Dependency (New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica).

New Zealand is notable for its geographic isolation: it is situated about 2,000 km (1250 miles) southeast of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and its closest neighbours to the north are New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. During its long isolation New Zealand developed a distinctive fauna dominated by birds, a number of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and the mammals they introduced.

The majority of New Zealand's population is of European descent; the indigenous Ma-ori are the largest minority. Asians and non-Ma-ori Polynesians are also significant minority groups, especially in urban areas. The most commonly spoken language is English.


New Zealand is a developed country that ranks highly in international comparisons on human development, quality of life, life expectancy, literacy, public education, peace, prosperity, economic freedom, ease of doing business, lack of corruption, press freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights. Its cities also consistently rank among the world's most liveable.

Elizabeth II, as the Queen of New Zealand, is the country's head of state and is represented by a Governor-General who holds reserve powers.[11] The Queen and Governor-General rarely exercise any power without the advice of the Cabinet. Legislative political power is held by the democratically elected Parliament of New Zealand, and executive political power is effectively exercised by the Prime Minister.

You couldn't dream a more beautiful or peaceful place to live and work than New Zealand. With a reputation for being one of the safest countries and strong environmental controls, New Zealand provides a haven for many overseas settlers.

What's it like Nursing in New Zealand

Working as a Nurse in New Zealand is similar to the UK. The hospitals are run by District Health Boards, there may be one or more hospital governed by the same DHB. The conditions in NZ Hospitals are good, many hospitals have been upgraded in recent years. The hospitals vary in size from small 150 bedded rural hospitals to large 500 bed tertiary care facilities. Most nurses in NZ work eight hour rostered shifts that include night duty. Many hospitals have, or are introducing Clinical Career Pathways. The nurses working on a Career Pathway are paid according to the level they have achieved. Other nurses are paid according to their years of experience.

Visas and Work Permits

You need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa or Work Permit in the UK from the NZ High Commission, your Secured Life International Group (SLIG) will guide you on this.

Language requirements

Overseas educated nurses must be able to speak English for working in New Zealand. Nurses from countries where English is not the first language will need to supply the Nursing Council with evidence, obtained within the previous two years, of ability to speak and write English. Recognised tests include Occupational English Test (OET) for Nurses or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Nursing Registration

You will need to be registered with the New Zealand Nursing Council. Nursing Unions & Indemnity Insurance: The New Zealand Nursing Organisation is the national union for all nursing and midwifery staff. It is not compulsory to join, but it is advisable as you will not be covered by the collective contact if you do not.Secured Life International Group (SLIG) can provide you with costs and details of how to join.


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