New Graduate Nursing

Nurse Entry to Practice Programme (NEtP) at Health New Zealand Tairāwhiti 

The Health NZ Tairāwhiti Nurse Entry to Practice (NEtP) programme aims to provide a supportive learning environment where theoretical knowledge and clinical skills can be learned and applied.

The NEtP programme provides newly registered nurses with the opportunity to advance their professional practice, knowledge and skills within their area of practice.

We are committed to growing our own future workforce locally, therefore consideration is given to both local people and Māori in the screening and interview process.

Nurses on the programme will complete a 30 point post graduate paper from the University of Auckland.

Nurse Entry to Practice 2024

Contact Lauren Hindmarsh the NEtP Coordinator

Email:     Phone Ext: 8134


New Entry to Specialty Practice: Mental Health & Addictions Nursing Programme

This programme is for new graduate and registered nurses entering mental health and addiction nursing. The programme combines theory, supported clinical experience, clinical preceptorship and supervision.

Nurses on the programme develop their professional practice and mental health and addiction nursing skills. Graduates receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Nursing which is facilitated through the University of Auckland.

The NESP: mental health and addiction nursing programme involves days or blocks of classroom teaching, online and self-directed learning, workplace learning within the clinical setting, clinical preceptorship and supervision.

2024 Programme Dates

February 2024 –  February 2025

September 2024 - December 2025


NEtP: 0.8 FTE, 32 hours per week

NESP: 0.7 FTE, 28 hours per week

Clinical Placements

Graduate Registered Nurses are employed on fixed term contract for 12 months. During the recruitment process, applicants will be asked to indicate in which area they would like to work. Clinical placements are planned to take into consideration your preferences and service requirements. In the Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) application process, there is an opportunity to identify three areas of clinical preference.

NESP graduates will complete two placements including a community and acute inpatient setting.

Potential Placement Options

Positions offered vary from year-to-year. Applicants can discuss potential placements with the NEtP/NESP Coordinator or during the interview process. 

Potential clinical placements for 2025 to be confirmed.  



There is a structured orientation to the Te Whatu Ora Tairāwhiti new graduate nursing programmes and to the graduate clinical placement.


Each graduate has an assigned preceptor(s) who has completed an approved training programme. After induction week, the graduate and preceptor initially share a clinical workload before carrying their own clinical load. Preceptors and other members of the clinical team, work alongside graduates to support goal setting and opportunities for reflective practice.

NESP graduates receive a minimum of 20 hours professional supervision over the year with an experienced practitioner.


The NEtP Programme offers a formal, structured and supported learning programme. Graduates will complete the 770 Clinical Practice Development postgraduate paper (30 points) facilitated by the University of Auckland. This paper develops knowledge, practice and skills that will enhance and advance client assessment. Lecture days and assessments will be delivered in Gisborne. In total there are 12 designated education days over the programme period.

NESP graduates will complete two post graduate papers (60 points) through the University of Auckland to achieve a post graduate certificate in mental health. This will include 16 university days. Te Pou funding is available to assist with travel and accommodation.

NEpT Handbook


Preceptor Workshop 2024

Thursday 4 July, 09:00am - 4.00pm 

Poutama Auditorium 

Bookings can be made vie



Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP)

All graduate Registered Nurses are required to submit an e-portfolio at a competent Registered Nurse level prior to exiting the programme, as per Te Whatu Ora Tairāwhiti PDRP. Information and guidance regarding the PDRP is given to participants throughout the year. Support is available from the PDRP Coordinator and the Nurse Educators.

Ongoing Employment

Ongoing employment with Te Whatu Ora Tairāwhiti or Community Employers is subject to graduates meeting the requirements of the programme and the availability of vacancies at the time of completing the New Graduate Programme. 


For further information on the application process go to Ace NZ website.

How do I apply?

All applications for positions advertised by Hauora Tairāwhiti must be made via the ACE online recruitment process.

Do you meet the eligibility criteria for ACE Nursing?

To be eligible to apply to ACE for a NEtP or NESP position you must meet all of the following basic criteria:

  1. Either be a New Zealand Citizen, Australian Citizen or hold a Permanent Resident Visa (or Returning Resident Visa).
  2. Be in the final year of a Bachelor of Nursing degree approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) leading to registration as a registered nurse or be awarded a Bachelor of Nursing degree approved by the NCNZ leading to registration as a registered nurse, no longer than 24 months before starting on a NEtP or NESP programme.
  3. You must have completed your Bachelor of Nursing degree in New Zealand and have passed your state final exam no more than 2 years prior to starting on an NEtP or 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 not have practised as a New Zealand Registered Nurse continuously (full time 0.8FTE or more) for longer than six months before starting on the NEtP programme.

Australian Citizens are eligible to apply to ACE nursing however they do not meet the Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) criteria for a funded NEtP or NESP position.

In the case that a graduate with an Australian Passport, who does not hold a Permanent Resident Visa, is successfully matched via ACE, their position could be funded directly by the employer, or the employer could apply to HWNZ for an exception to the residency status policy for trainee funding. For more information about the HWNZ exception policy, please click here.

International students who may have practised as an RN overseas are eligible to apply provided that they have completed at least two years of their BN degree in New Zealand before Graduating in New Zealand. These students MUST have a Permanent Resident Visa by the time that applications close for any intake. No other variations of visas will be accepted, for example, Resident, Student or Working Visas.

Graduates that do not meet these basic ACE criteria should apply directly to individual employers for private positions. We recommend checking the Job Search page on the Kiwi Health Jobs website as a first point to see which employers may be looking for a registered nurse and also by checking the career web pages of each DHB. 


Interviews will be held between the 18th September- 27th of October 2024. Initial interviews will likely be the week of 26th September.  

For more information please contact:


Ondrea Gooch - Nurse Educator - Team lead


Phone: 021 572 947


Lauren Hindmarsh - NEtP Coordinator


Phone: 021 122 0127



Janine Brown Nurse Educator Mental Health & Addictions (NESP)


Phone: 021 945 694


Roger Huntington Associate Director of Nursing


Phone: (06) 869-0500 extension 8300


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