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Great Barrier Island


This practice on Great Barrier Island is looking for a long-term (or short-term) Nurse Practitioner or General Practitioner to join our team, providing cradle to grave primary health care to our tight-knit community of 1200 people. This is a remote practice, but you will be working in tandem with another permanent full-time GP/NP.

You will be working 3 days per week and be on-call every second weekend. Each GP/NP is on-call 1:2, with call-outs usually infrequent, due to the low population on the island. When needed, it’s a 35-minute helicopter ride for emergency casualties to the nearest hospital in Auckland.

You will be resourceful and have a broad skill base, including emergency experience, and you’ll have the ability to work within a great multidisciplinary team, comprising Rural Nurse Specialists, Rural Nurses, HIPs, Health Coaches and an Awhi Ora and admin support.

We will negotiate relocation assistance and we will provide you with a free, fully-furnished 2 bedroom house for the first 3 months. After that, you will have to pay rent, but we will subsidise that. We will also provide you with a modern 4wd vehicle for work.


The health centre is situated adjacent to the airport and is a well-equipped, modern facility with three consulting rooms and two nurse’s stations. There is a short-stay room, limb x-ray capability, point of care access and minor surgery services available on-site. The clinic is about to be substantially upgraded during the coming summer months.

This practice also operates a satellite clinic, which is an hour away at the northern end of the island and staffed 24/7 by Rural Nurse Specialists.


Location is everything.

Great Barrier Island is just 30 minutes flight from Auckland. Super city services and the bright lights and shops are “just there,” or you could forget about them entirely. Some folks also prefer to take the more sedate 4-hour barge trip here, but either way, once you get to this not-so-little slice of heaven, you won’t want to leave. Stunning forest ranges, white beaches, amazing array of both plant and bird life and some rare and endemic species in the mix.

It’s a very popular place with everything you need from grocery stores, pharmacy, library, churches and an amazing recycling centre. Children are catered for with a Play Centre and choice of three primary schools. High school students can do correspondence or attend any of the numerous boarding options in Auckland.

There is a real sense of community here on Great Barrier and there are regular events that build on that  and also generate funds for diverse community needs. Every year the Great Fitzroy Mussel Feast celebrates the local mouth-watering delicacy. The Great Barrier Garden Tour exhibits the island’s beautiful residential gardens and for those who like to keep active, there’s the Golf Club, Sports Club, with tennis and netball courts and regular touch games.

An island lifestyle for everyone, with surfing, snorkelling, bush walks and tramping and horse trekking are just some examples of what there is on offer here. Great food, great people, great place. Sounds like a great job?

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