In our articles you will find news, views and issues from around New Zealand.  We also profile some of our placements so that you can see and experience what living and working in New Zealand is really like. 

Picture:  Mt Manganui beach

Latest Updates

  • NZlocums practice visits

    Date published
    7 May 2018

    Two of NZLocums Relationship Managers have recently visited practices in Auckland and surrounding areas. From the tourist haven of Waiheke Island, to the rustic beauty of Great Barrier Island and scenic rural towns of Tuakau and Waiuku. The trip was an opportunity for the Relationship Managers to meet with the practices and increase their knowledge of the various locations.

  • Awesome April!

    Date published
    24 Apr 2018

    Another successful three-day locum Orientation course was held in Wellington from April 9 - 11, with doctors joining us from Australia, the Netherlands, the UK and USA. The NZLocums’ course provides overseas GPs with a comprehensive introduction to the New Zealand health system covering topics such as Medtech32, Pharmac and ACC.

    Pictured from left to right are: Dr Jamie McCullough (placed in Oamaru) Dr Carlien Bolder (Geraldine), Dr Susan Garritsen (Oamaru) and Dr Andy Owen (Hastings).
    Absent are Dr Corinne Schneider (Te Kauwahata) and Dr David Anderson (Katikati).

  • And the winner is...

    Date published
    19 Apr 2018

    The lucky winner of our NZLocums “Thoughtful Gourmet Gift Basket” prize draw this year is Leigh Hikawai, Practice Manager from Health Care Centre, Wairoa.


  • Conference 2018 and outstanding success

    Date published
    19 Apr 2018

    More than 480 delegates attended the Network’s conference in Auckland this month, an event Network Chairperson Sharon Hansen describes as an “outstanding success”.

    We had four days of compelling speakers, topics, research, forums and social events. We hosted the Minister of Health Dr David Clark, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles, Australian rural and remote rural health research expert Professor John Wakerman, leading representatives from Otago, Auckland and Waikato Universities who discussed the proposals for a new school of rural health/medicine, our very own dynamic Great Barrier Island nurses and authors Leonie Howie and Adele Robertson, and we heard the latest from the National PRIME committee headed by Dr Tim Malloy.

  • Briefing Paper to the Minister of Health

    Date published
    29 Mar 2018

    Network Chairperson Sharon Hansen and Chief Executive Dalton Kelly presented a briefing paper to the Minister of Health, Dr David Clark, at Parliament on March 28.  To read the paper click HERE.


  • GP couples reign during NZLocums March Orientation

    Date published
    29 Mar 2018

    Another successful Orientation course was held in our Wellington offices from March 5-7, with the majority of attendees being GP couples. Drs Rehana and Gavin Wilson were looking forward to spending the next six months in Whangamata, while Drs Salahuddin Malik and his wife Sue Whyte were heading to Turangi. Dr Mirte Verkooijen will be joining her GP husband, in Taumaraunui, who started a couple of months earlier.
    Dr Flip Van de Plas was eager to start at his placement in Wakatipu and Dr Sim Hui Kok in Palmerston North.



    Pictured from left to right are: Dr Mirte Verkooijen (The Netherlands), Dr Sim Hui Kok (Malaysia), Dr Flip Van de Plas (Belgium), Drs Salahuddin Malik and Sue Whyte (Scotland) and Drs Rehana and Gavin Wilson (Canada).


  • GPs just landed in the heartland!

    Date published
    21 Feb 2018

    NZLocums orientation on January 8 was a great start to 2018 with 10 international GPs arriving from the UK, USA, Sweden, New Caledonia, Germany and The Netherlands. The orientation was a great opportunity to connect with other GPs and at the same time get to know what it is like to be a GP in New Zealand. They were all excited about the various rural practices they would working in across New Zealand.

  • Gore hosts doctors from the UK and USA

    Date published
    31 Oct 2017

    Two GPs – one from America and one from the United Kingdom - will work at the same practice in Gore in the coming months. Dr Carl Rasmussen from the USA will be based at Gore Medical Centre for six months and Dr Jonathan Clowes from the UK for three months.

  • Rural General Practice welcomes new Minister

    Date published
    25 Oct 2017

    “We congratulate the Labour-led Government on its election 2017 victory and look forward to working with new Health Minister David Clark to resolve the long-running health challenges facing rural communities,” says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.

  • Nature is key

    Date published
    12 Oct 2017

    NZRGPN and NZLocums staff took a break from the office on October 10 as part of the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week “Lock out” with a coffee break in Wellington’s Botanic Garden. A short uphill walk over the urban motorway and through the historic Bolton Street cemetery, the gardens provided the perfect setting for staff to “unlock their wellbeing” amongst nature. The weather turned on a bright face for the occasion which was repeated nationwide throughout the week.