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Your Candidate Journey

Below is your step-by step guide on what to expect at various stages of your application process. It is a thorough process, including health and security checks. Working at the BOPDHB is a rewarding career so please be patient with your process. The recruitment team is here to help you through the process and will answer any questions as you go.

So, you have seen a position advertised with the BOPDHB that you are interested in applying for, fantastic. All applications are to be made online, this is to ensure your applications does not get lost or sent to the wrong person. When you apply online you are directly linked to the position you are applying for.

You will be required to attach a copy of your CV and Cover Letter and answer some quick questions before submitting your application. Please ensure you have all your documents ready before starting your application process.

You will receive a confirmation email acknowledging and thanking you for your application. If you do not receive one, please follow up by making contact with the recruitment team.

We endeavour to contact all candidates as soon as possible after the closing date of the advertisement. It is worth keeping a copy of the advertisement you applied for and making a note of the closing date.

If your skills and experience are suitable for the position, you will be contacted by one of our Hiring Managers or Recruitment Team members to arrange an interview. Applicants who have not made the shortlist will be notified by email.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview with a minimum of two panel members. Or if you are based overseas or living outside of the Bay of Plenty, don’t worry we do have the experience and ability to conduct video interviews via Zoom or Skype.

Congratulations on getting to this stage. An interview is an opportunity for us to learn more about you and for you to learn more about us. Everyone gets nervous, it’s natural, and we will do our best to put you at ease.

Our interviews are behavioural, and competency based, asking you to call on relevant examples of your prior experience in line with the competencies we are recruiting for in the position. Take some time to prepare some specific work examples to discuss.

If you have any access needs and would like to know more about how we can support you during the recruitment process, please contact us on and one of our team will be in contact with you to ensure that you have all the support you need.

Well done if you have reached this stage and getting towards the end of the process. We will ask to speak to your references to help verify everything we have learnt about you up until this point, and information based on your past work experience. We will always contact you first to gain permission from you before contacting any of your referees. We will usually carry out two or three reference checks. We prefer referees who you have reported to in your current and most recent positions.

Sometimes this part of the process can take time, however rest assured we are working on moving this forward as quickly as possible and please if you have any queries contact the Recruitment Team.

Congratulations on making it to this stage!

Your employment offer will be sent to the email address you used to apply for the position. All the relevant documentation you will need to complete will be within your offer of employment. As part of the Bay of Plenty DHB policy all our people are required to complete police vetting and health clearance.

Pre-employment checks can take up to four weeks, so we suggest getting them underway as soon as you have accepted your offer.

Once all the relevant documents and pre-employment checks are complete and returned to us, you will receive an email to confirm your start date and orientation information.

Welcome on board, we are pleased you will be joining us!!

To view all of the collective employment agreements relative to the Bay of Plenty District Health Board please click the link below

NETP/NESP Programs:

Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) offers 12-month Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) and Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP) placements across the district. Our aim is to provide Graduate Nurses a time of transition within a supportive learning environment, where knowledge and clinical skills can be consolidated to enable New Graduates to practice confidently and safely within the Registered Nurse Scope of Practice.

We are looking for New Graduate nurses who share our Manaakitanga CARE values of Compassion, All-one-team, Responsive and Excellence. BOP DHB believes in nurses leading nursing and is an early leader in the implementation of Care Capacity Demand Management. We are also working towards being the first genuinely Te Tiriti led district health board, making movement towards this by adopting and endorsing the Te Toi Ahorangi 2030 strategy of Te Runanga Hauora Maori o Te Moana a Toi, a strategy developed with the local whanau, hapu, iwi and provider representatives.

Enrolled Nurse Supported-into Practice Programme (EN SIPP):

We also offer a 12-month programme for new enrolled nurses. The intakes and start dates for this are negotiable. Please apply via the ACE link and contact Robyn Boladeras for further information

Come and join us in the Bay of Plenty and you can enjoy:
  • A wide range of diversity in our patient population
  • Working a 0.8 FTE, allowing for focus on study and consolidation of learning
  • No nightshifts during your orientation months
  • Free confidential counselling through our EAP program
  • Low cost onsite gymnasium at both hospitals with an exciting range of classes
  • Supportive team with a dedicated clinical coach for new graduates
  • Access to wide range of evidence-based practice resources
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A range of placements available across services
  • High levels of employment in the DHB following the successful completion of new graduate year
  • A funded level 8 paper with the University of Auckland for NETP
  • 12 dedicated study days with guaranteed release time for NETP
  • The NESP programme offers a PC certificate consisting of 2 level 8 papers through UOA funded by Te Pou
Our placements include:
  • Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospital
  • Nurse Entry to Specialty Programme (NESP) - Mental Health & Addiction Services
  • if you are interested in any of the following providers; Primary Care including Practice Nursing, Iwi Providers, School Nursing, Aged Residential Care or Hospice please contact us for further information.

Intakes : January 2021 and March 2021

We are motivated to your professional development, offering several learning opportunities through our clinical education team and a funded post graduate paper at the University of Auckland.

Professional Development & Recognition Programme (PDRP)
As a BOPDHB RN you will submit an e-Portfolio at RN Competent Level prior to completion of the programme. Resources including access to BOPDHB's e-Learning site are provided to support you to complete this.

Eligibility criteria:
Nurses who have completed or are in their final year of a NCNZ accredited Bachelor of Nursing to become a New Zealand Registered Nurse.

Apply now via the ACE application portal:
You will need to rank your preferred clinical areas and we will do our best to accommodate preferences with available placements. Interviews for 2021 will be held in October 2020 and on a rolling basis if new positions become available.

ACE Nursing Website:

For further information please contact:

Robyn Boladeras
Nurse Coordinator PDRP and NETP Programme
Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Anja Theron
Nurse Leader/NESP Coordinator
Bay of Plenty District Health Board


The national RMO year changes annually on the 3rd Monday in January (House Officers) and the 1st Monday in February (Registrars). House officer, senior house officers and registrar positions do become available throughout the year and we would encourage you to contact us if you are keen to find out more.

Covering two hospital sites, the BOPDHB employs 205 RMOs – 180 FTE in Tauranga and 25 FTE in Whakatāne covering specialties including Anaesthetics, Surgery, Orthopaedics, O & G, Paediatrics, General Medicine, Cardiology, Oncology, Palliative Care, Psychiatry, Urology, ENT and Emergency.

For more information please contact:

Medical Staffing Unit
Bay of Plenty District Health Board
DD: +64 7 579 8143

Clinical Campus

Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals are closely associated with the Auckland School of Medicine, University of Auckland and there are always students undergoing training in the hospital. Nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and other health professionals also receive their clinical training. Bay of Plenty District Health Board is a popular locality for student placements, with an excellent reputation as teaching hospitals, and is a Clinical Campus of the University of Auckland.

Our Whakatāne Campus is also home to one of only two Rural Health Interprofessional Programmes in New Zealand which support student cohorts from diverse clinical professions to live and work together in rural communities.

The placement of trainee interns, elective and selective students and those undertaking summer studentships are administered by the Bay of Plenty Clinical Campus.