At NEU Professionals we fully understand that moving to a different country can be a very exciting but also challenging process.

The Recruitment Process

The process of recruitment in NZ is somewhat different from what you might be used to in the U.K. Upon successfully passing the interview your future employer will require a recent DBS certificate (police clearance certificate or equivalent in your country of residence) and references from the most recent employers. Once they are satisfied with the above you will be required to complete a number of standard online forms and only at that stage you will be issued an Offer of Employment.

The process of registering with the appropriate regulatory body in NZ may take from 3-6 months or even longer depending on how quickly you are able to collect and submit the required evidence. We recommend you start the process at earliest opportunity – if you are serious about moving to NZ there is no disadvantage to commencing the registration even before your interview.

Please visit the Nursing Council of New Zealand or Midwifery Council of New Zealand for more information on joining the register as an international nurse/midwife.

Due to the global pandemic, you are required so self-isolate on you arrival to NZ. Managed Isolation costs can be found hereThe candidate’s cost would be covered by the DHB, additional family members would be at your own expense.
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What do I need

to become a
registered midwife

in New Zealand?

If you are a Midwife from the United Kingdom

UK & NZ midwifery degrees are similar, and therefore the NZ registration is a fairly straightforward process. It can be completed quite quickly if all the relevant documents are sent promptly and correctly. 

If you are a Midwife from the United States

There is more than one route to becoming a midwife in the US, and the midwifery practice is slightly different to that of NZ. For this reason, it takes longer to assess educational background, experience, and any subsequent training. There may also be some additional costs incurred in order to acquire your registration certificate.

If you have any enquiries regarding the registration process do not hesitate to contact our NZ Recruitment Consultant Pam Gerretsen at or simply get in touch with the NZCM directly at . 

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What do I need

to become a
registered nurse

in New Zealand?

To begin the nursing registration process for New Zealand, you must first submit your documents to CGFNS, a US-based company that will verify your credentials.  Any nurse wishing to work in New Zealand must go through this process, the only exception is for nurses who are registered in Australia.
Once this report is completed, you should then authorise that to be sent to the New Zealand Nursing Council in order to begin the registration.

If you have any enquiries regarding the nursing registration process do not hesitate to contact our NZ Recruitment Consultant Pam Gerretsen at or simply get in touch with the NCNZ directly at

NZ Visa Registration

At the moment, due to the global pandemic, the only visa application available is for a Critical Purpose visa which is quite straightforward once you have accepted a job offer from your employer and have a start date.  This visa has a validity of 6 months. Make sure you apply for a longer term visa as soon as you arrive in New Zealand. Employers are usually happy to assist you in this process.

NZ Standard Payscales

The top end payscales for Registered Nurses and Midwives in New Zealand matches the following:
  • Payscale for Midwives: Top end exceeding NZD 73,000 (plus overtime) 
  • Payscale for Mental Health Nurses: Top end exceeding NZD 83,000 (plus overtime)
  • Payscale for Inpatient Mental Health Nurses: Top end exceeding NZD 77,000 (plus overtime)

Wherever you come from, you will find life in New Zealand to be refreshingly different.

So how does it compare to somewhere like the U.K. for instance?

The Lifestyle

Often the key driver for most people to make the move, you will find the way in which New Zealanders approach their work-life balance to be one of the most compelling reasons take the leap. Consistently ahead in quality-of-life surveys there are a number of ways in which you will feel the positive benefits of a life as a Kiwi.

The space

Whilst the land mass is roughly the same size as the UK, there are a fraction of the number of people. You’ll feel the sense of space, and with less crowded cities commutes are way easier leaving you more time to live your life to the fullest.


The relaxed pace of life

New Zealand is an easy-going country as a result of its uncrowded communities, low crime rates and an unstressed approach to living.

The environment

The purity and beauty of the landscape is famed worldwide with sub-tropical beaches, dramatic mountains, forests, rivers and more. Along with the favourable climate (warmer than the UK!) you will find that enjoying the outdoors becomes a far greater part of life.

Family focused life

Great schools, plenty of sport, peaceful and the second safest place in the world to live – New Zealand is a fantastic place to live family life to the fullest and a prime attraction for potential arrivals.

The best place to start your research is the New Zealand Now website. It offers a well of resources starting from how New Zealand compares to the U.K. (or other countries), the culture, climate, work/life balance, housing, benefits for families, education, living costs, Visa options, moving/relocation checklist and more.

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