Working Here

Te Mahi Nei

At the Bay of Plenty District Health Board we recruit for our Manaakitanga CARE values. Why do we do this? Because values-based teams deliver better care.

Our objective is to make the Bay of Plenty DHB an even better place to work. By building on existing good practice, higher staff engagement drives higher quality patient care. There is a clear relationship between the wellbeing of staff and patient wellbeing.

Our Manaakitanga CARE values (Compassion, All-one-team, Responsive and Excellence) support each of us to make a difference every day in the things we do and say. Therefore, it's important that when recruiting new staff, we recruit staff who live by our CARE values.

Our Manaakitanga CARE values and behaviours shape:

  • The way we all behave with patients, families and whānau and with each other.
  • The way all of our teams from our Board, frontline staff, support staff, corporate staff and administration staff, make decisions.
  • How we keep understanding and improving everyone's (patients and staff) experiences.
  • How we recruit, induct, appraise, support and develop our staff.
When a staff member's values and the DHB's values are a good 'fit,' staff are more likely to feel more comfortable, more energised and get greater satisfaction from their work. Also new staff will settle quicker, stay longer and demonstrate our Manaakitanga CARE values more consistently.

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board is working for equity within its workforce and seeks to employ a Māori and Pacific workforce that reflects our population proportionality for our region by 2030.

Benefits of Working at the Bay of Plenty DHB

With the Bay of Plenty region’s rapid growth, we have a wide range of career options with many new positions available in both clinical and non-clinical areas in a variety of locations, providing many opportunities for personal and professional growth in a supportive and professionally fulfilling environment. We have over 3800 employees who work across the region for the Bay of Plenty DHB.

At the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, we place a great emphasis on work/life balance. We have a range of policies to ensure you can live life to the fullest!

We can offer the following benefits:

  • Discounts – local businesses offering a wide variety of discounts and special offers to BOPDHB employees (staff ID required).
  • Free Flu Vaccinations – the BOPDHB offer free flu vaccinations for all staff, including those who work for the organisation on a voluntary basis.
  • In-house Career Development - Developing your career is an ongoing process. As a valued member of the BOPDHB you are encouraged to assess your career goals on a regular basis to best align your aspirations with organisational needs and wider life contexts.
  • Flexible Working Practises – Everyone’s work/life balance needs are different and therefore, where possible, we provide a range of flexible work options in various departments.
  • Staff Service Recognition Awards – Each year staff who have served 10 years or more are recognised and invited to attend a celebratory event with family and friends.
  • Onsite Staff Cafeteria’s – The BOPDHB promotes and encourages healthy food and beverage choices. A variety of foods and beverages are available at onsite cafes located at both the Tauranga and Whakatne Hospitals.
  • KiwiSaver - We encourage you to think about saving for your future needs. To assist with this, we provide employer contributions of 3% of your gross salary or wages to the scheme so long as you are contributing.
  • Onsite Gym – Subsidised membership to onsite gyms at both Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals with an exciting range of classes.
  • Healthy Living Programmes - Services to encourage and support its employees to stay healthy both physically and mentally. We have several programmes available for you to help keep yourself healthy.
  • Onsite library – Both the Tauranga and Whakatāne hospitals have a library with shared resources and services for staff and students on placement.
  • Free On-site Parking – Parking is free for all BOPDHB staff at both the Tauranga and Whakatāne hospital sites. There is also good access to public transport.
  • Sustainable and Eco-Conscious – We have a strong sustainability model at the BOPDHB and there are opportunities to be involved in our Green Teams no matter what your role is in the organisation.


The Bay of Plenty District Health Board supports opportunities for volunteering. Volunteers provide a highly valued extension to the clinical and medical care of our patients and the support of their families. Our volunteers strive to provide a positive experience for our patients and recognise diversity by treating all people with dignity and respect.

Volunteering strengthens community values and fosters caring and sharing through collaboration. Our minimum age is 18 years. We do not have an upper age limit and training with orientation will be provided for all volunteers. The minimum length of service as a volunteer is six months although several current volunteers have been here in excess of 20 years.

There is an assortment of volunteer roles available in both Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals.

  • Friends of Wards Volunteers
  • Hospital Concierges
  • Clinic Administration Support
  • Cancer Centre Volunteers
  • Transit Lounge Volunteers
  • Musicians and Singers
  • Special Project Volunteers
  • Entertainment Trolley Volunteers
  • Pet Therapy Volunteers
  • Surgical Assessment Unit Volunteers

Volunteer requirements:
  • A warm and friendly personality
  • Genuine empathy for the patients and a nurturing nature
  • A desire to help make the patient's hospital stay a better experience
  • Willingness to do the extra little things so that busy staff can concentrate on their own role
  • Being comfortable approaching people to offer assistance
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Reliability and commitment to the work of the Volunteer Service

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer, please complete the application form or contact:

Lesley Grant
Regional Manager Volunteer Services BOPDHB
Phone: (07) 579 8650

or Click here to complete one of our BOPDHB Volunteer Application forms

Click here to read some stories from our volunteers and the impact they are making here at the BOPDHB.