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Nursing in New Zealand

New Zealand Nurse Boards


There is a wealth of information on available on the internet and from other sources on the process for registering and practicing as a nurse in New Zealand.


We have compiled a concise guide to the process with links to all our sources. This should give you all you need to embark on your application process.


Registration Requirements

Nurses and midwives who trained and are registered as nurses in countries other than New Zealand, must apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for admission to the register before being able to practise as a registered nurse in New Zealand.


Applications are assessed on an individual basis and in accordance with the requirements of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. Applicants for registration are required to provide evidence that: they have an equivalent international nursing qualification; are competent to practice with their scope of practice; are fit for registration; the ability to communicate effectively in English


If you are registered in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory can apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for registration under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (TTMR) Act 1997.


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