We want you!

  • Are you looking to start your nursing career within the hospital, primary or aged and residential care settings in the Wellington district?
  • Are you a Māori or Pacific graduate? Looking after our Māori and Pacific populations is a priority for CCDHB and this is reflected in equitable employment opportunities for nurses who identify as Māori and Pacific.
  • Do you want to continue your postgraduate studies in a supported first year of practice Nurse Entry to Practice Programme?


Employment opportunities 

CCDHB employs graduate nurses throughout the year through the NETP programme. The programme has start dates in January and August and you can be employed prior to these dates and join the programme.

You will be employed on a fixed term contract to coincide with the programme start dates and work in one of your chosen practice settings. Contracts are either 32 or 36 hours per week (depending on whether the area works 8 - 12 hour shifts). 


If you are a New Zealand (NZ) trained registered nurse who has completed a Bachelor of Nursing in NZ (or are about to), we invite you to apply via Advanced Choice or Employment (ACE). To be eligible to apply to ACE the following criteria applies:

  • either be a NZ or Australian Citizen or hold a Permanent Resident Visa or a Returning Resident Visa
  • be in the final year of a Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) leading to registration as a RN or be awarded a BN degree approved by the NCNZ leading to registration as a RN no longer than 24 months before starting on a NETP/NESP programme.
  • you must have completed your BN degree in NZ and have passed your state final exam no more than 2 years prior to starting on a NETP/NESP programme. You therefore have up to four opportunities to apply via ACE provided you still meet all eligibility criterions each time you apply
  • you must have not practised as a NZ RN continuously (full time 0.8FTE or more) for longer than six months before starting on the NETP programme.

What CCDHB offers

As a teaching hospital, continuing nursing education is supported through the senior nursing team in your area and through clinical load sharing and support from the NETP Coordinator, Clinical Coach, and University Lecturer.

We have a Māori and Pacific Equity Workforce Pathway outlining academic, cultural and mentoring support to ensure your success. There is also a Māori and Pacific Nurse Leaders group to fast track your progression.

Aim of NETP Programme

The aim of the NETP programme is to support graduates with professional development to transition from graduate to competent registered nurse.

CCDHB offers a postgraduate paper within the NETP programme and on successful completion of the programme graduates demonstrate competent nursing practice as evidenced in a Professional Development and Recognition programme (PDRP) portfolio.

The key focus of the Victoria University of Wellington paper is physical health assessment and clinical judgement. You will be prioritised to complete the postgraduate certificate in the following year if you wish.


Data below shows numbers of new graduates employed into the NETP and Nursing Entry to Specialty Practice (NESP) intakes since 2016.

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August 2021 

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NETP Programme opportunities

The number of places on the NETP programme varies based on protected roles and vacancies across the Hospital, Primary Healthcare, and Aged and Residential care settings.

How to apply

We invite you to apply via ACE (https://nursing.acenz.net.nz/). it's important to apply correctly so please follow the ACE instructions carefully.

You can select up to 5 practice areas of interest in your ACE application. Please also indicate your preferred area in your cover letter and why it appeals.

We try hard to match you to your preferred practice area even if that area is not currently recruiting. We will consider you for other roles and discuss this with you prior to appointment. We also have a talent pool so you will be considered for other graduate roles throughout the year.

Voluntary Bonding Scheme 

Graduates working in eligible hard to staff areas such as Aged and Residential Care can register for the Voluntary Bonding Scheme via the Ministry of Health website https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/health-workforce/voluntary-bonding-scheme.  Successful candidates are eligible for additional payments of up to $14,165 after tax.  Hard to staff areas currently include Aged and Residential Care, District nursing, Practice nursing within Maori or Pacific providers.  These will be updated in 2022 along with any changes to eligibility, practice areas and terms and conditions.  Registrations are expected to open early in 2022. 

Expected January 2022 NETP recruitment areas are:

Please use this information when selecting your practice area preferences within your application.  If there is an area of particular interest to you then you can identify this in your cover letter.  The ACE practice areas are listed below, the particular employing areas within each is listed. Likely practice areas include:

  • Aged Residential Care: Village at the Park, Eldon Lodge (Kapiti), Ultimate Care (at Mapuia, Poneke, and Churtonleigh)

  • Primary Care: Pacific Health Plus, Mary Potter Hospice (Wellington), Central Wellington Medical, Wellington Accident and Medical, The Terrace Medical Centre

  • Assessment, Treatment, and Rehabilitation: Ward 6 (Kenepuru Hospital)

  • Cardiac Care: 6 South (Heart and Lung Unit)

  • Emergency and Trauma: EDOU (ED Observation Unit), Emergency Department

  • Health of Older People: Acute Frailty Unit, Ward 4 Kenepuru, Ward 5 Kenepuru

  • Intensive Care: Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

  • Medical: Ward 6 East, Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU), Dialysis Unit (across Wellington, Hutt Valley, Kenepuru), 5 South (General Medical)

  • Neonatal: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • Oncology: Ward 5 North (Oncology, Haematology, Renal), Blood and Cancer Centre

  • Paediatrics: Ward 1, Ward 2

  • Perioperative (Theatre): Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU), Operating Theatres (Wellington Hospital)

  • Surgical: 4 North Gynaecology, 7 North (General Surgery), 7 South (neuroscience), Surgical Assessment and Planning Unit (SAPU), Ward 6 North (Orthopaedics and Urology)

The Interview


Interviews for the January 2022 NETP Programme are on October 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22nd

Due to Covid alert levels, zoom interviews will be offered to candidates in the Auckland and Wellington regions.  All other candidates will be required to attend in person


Interview invitation

Due to the extended ACE timeframes, invitations to interview at CCDHB will now be emailed on October 5th, with a short acceptance/reply time frame. 

All invited candidates will be required to attend the interviews in person at Wellington Hospital.  We will only be offering Zoom interviews for candidates in the Auckland or Waikato regions

Information will be sent to you with the invitation about how to prepare for your interview. 

Interview Process

You are welcome to bring whanāu support to the interview. The interview process consists of a welcome to graduates and whanāu, followed by an interview and a simulated scenario. Scenarios require you to be present, so virtual interviews are not possible. 

NETP Programme Start

Successful applicants will commence the January 2022 NETP Programme on 17th January, 2022. Recruitment into the NETP programme is ongoing throughout the year through the ACE talent pool. 


We want you to work with us so please contact us for further information about the NETP Programme and recruitment via our NETP website or through the NETP Coordinators:

Steph White

NETP Coordinator     

Phone: 04 806 0545 or 027 271 8761  

Email: steph.white@ccdhb.org.nz

Phoenix Ahomiro

NETP Coordinator and Cultural Support

Phone: 04 806 2377 or 027 620 9674

Email: phoenix.ahomiro@ccdhb.org.nz 

Jasmine Governor

NETP Clinical Coach

Phone: 04 806 2390 or 027 304 7910

Email: jasmine.governor@ccdhb.org.nz





Last updated 6 October 2021.