Working at Te Whatu Ora Taranaki

Considering a job or a career at Te Whatu Ora Taranaki? This page gives you a glance into our region, our city, our business, our professionalism and our current projects, so you can make an informed vocational choice.

We are BIG enough…

To offer you variety of specialisation, career pathways, training and education opportunities and a teaching secondary hospital.

Yet small enough…

Where individuals count and you can make a difference - to your patients and to your career.

We are BIG enough…

To offer you a city lifestyle: events featuring world wide entertainers, cafes, bars and restaurants, art and film festivals, a multitude of culture, recreation and sporting opportunities and diverse cultures.

Yet small enough…

Where you can live in the rural countryside and still get to work in 15 minutes, you drive across town without a traffic jam and you can bike or walk to work.

We are BIG enough…

To offer you a majestic snow covered mountain and winding rivers, a rugged and beautiful coastline and wide open spaces.

Yet small enough…

For you to make friends, feel at home and belong here.


Our district

According to the 2018 Census, Te Whatu Ora Taranaki serves a population of 117,561 people (based on usually resident population, 2018 Census). This is approximately 2.5% of the New Zealand population.

As at the latest released Census data (2018):

  • 19.8% of the population are identified as Māori
  • 2.1% identified as Pacific
  • 4.5% as Asian
  • 84.8% as European and other

Note: Where a person reported more than one ethnic group, they have been counted in each applicable group. As a result percentages do not add up to 100%.

Our population is ageing and older than the national average, and is expected to age further in the future. The total number of people over the age of 65 is 20,436 (17.4% of the population) (Based on updated information received from Statistics New Zealand Population Projection released December 2018).

A total number of people under the age of 24 are 37,599 (32.0%), the number of Māori in this age group is 3,933 which represent 39.1% of Māori in the region. 24.0% of Māori population is under 15 years as compared to 19.6% of the total population (based on usually resident population, 2018 Census).

In terms of direct health service delivery, our clinical and clinical support staff operate out of

When you choose to work with us we will offer you:

  • A comprehensive orientation and induction to our organisation and your department
  • Access to clinical training and education
  • Up to date facilities using latest IT systems
  • Opportunities to participate on local project and regional collaboration teams
  • Professional development
  • Excellent staff benefits and facilities


Our staff benefits and facilities include:

  • Staff discounts where retail and commercial deals are available to staff on presentation of identity card
  • Recreation Centre where for $2.50 per week you have access to a gymnasium – volleyball, badminton, basketball - squash courts, swimming pool and a weights and exercise room
  • Employee Assistance Progamme (EAP) - part of a national programme to provide personal, confidential support for employees with work or personal problems
  • Access to online discussion forums and classifieds advertising to buy and sell on the staff intranet
  • Workplace Wellness Committee that provides activity and events to balance between work and life
  • A well managed and cared for staff hostel

See why our staff enjoy living and working in Taranaki, click here


Our non-clinical support structure includes in-house teams supplying expert advice and services for:

  • finance and payroll
  • information services
  • library
  • human resources
  • planning
  • contract management
  • project management
  • business analysis
  • quality and risk services
  • property and infrastructure maintenance
  • purchasing and distribution
  • nutrition & food services for patients and staff
  • and corporate support services such as communications and audit.

Last updated: Friday, 2 July, 2021

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