North King Country health workforce development

North King Country Health Workforce Development Group includes representatives from Waikato District Health Board (DHB), New Zealand Institute of Rural Health, local government (Waitomo District Council and Otorohanga District Council), local health providers, local iwi and Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology).


The group was established in 2006 to promote North King Country as a preferred destination for health professionals by

  • coordinating a warm welcome and ongoing support for health professionals who come to live and work here
  • fostering an interest in health work and careers among the young people in our local communities.

Some of the group's initiatives include

  • An orientation package that guides new arrivals to the services, support, organisations and activities within our communities.
  • Health careers open days for local high school students.
  • Work experience in health settings for high school students as part of the national Gateway Programme.
  • Scholarships for local students who are pursuing tertiary health education.
  • Joint venture health studies course developed by a local education/training organisation (Wintec) and Te Kuiti Hospital.
  • A website that offers our warm welcome right across the world!

For more invitation, visit the website www.warmwelcomehere.co.nz(external link)