Whanganui - Ref 754600

General Practitioner

Whanganui, New Zealand - view map

Contract: Permanent
Start date: Negotiable

  • Friendly, welcoming work environment
  • Challenging and interesting practice
  • Competitive remuneration


We are seeking an experienced GP to join a well-established practice, located in the city of Whanganui on the West Coast of the North Island; approximately 2.5 hours’ drive north-west of Wellington and just one hour from Palmerston North.

The clinic is located in a lovely, modern and well-equipped building. There are around 5000 registered patients, with a high Maori population – many of whom have complex social and medical problems.  As well as medical skills, staff must have a good level of cultural awareness, or be open to learning about different cultures.

The practice employs three permanent, vocationally registered GPs and due to growth are now seeking another permanent GP to join their team. This is a full time position, however the hours are negotiable, as is the start date.

Staff here work very well as a team and there is excellent collegial support. The GPs work alongside an excellent nursing team and four administrators.  The wider organisation includes around 90 on-site staff, who join together for karakia (prayer or hymn) every morning. They see themselves as one large family/whanau, and karakia is an optional activity for all staff and whanau.

Surgery hours are 8.30 am to 5.00 pm weekdays and the practice are ideally looking for a GP to work 5 days per week, though this is negotiable.  Whanganui Hospital, is a 5 minute drive away.


Whanganui is a city on the West Coast of the North Island, and was one of the first cities to be founded in New Zealand. Whanganui means ‘big bay’ or ‘big harbour’, and was named this because of the great river that flows through it. The Whanganui River, New Zealand’s longest navigable waterway, runs from Mount Tongariro to the sea.

It is the country’s third-longest river, and has special status owing to its importance to the region’s Maori people. In March 2017 it became the world’s first natural resource to be given its own legal identity, with the rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person.

Home to approximately 43,000 people, Whanganui is picturesque and has much to show off. It’s just a couple of hours’ drive from Wellington, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro, or a quick flight from Auckland. Prominent heritage buildings in the city include the Whanganui Opera House and the Sarjeant Art Gallery. Whanganui is home to New Zealand’s largest arts community with more fine arts, mixed media and glass artists than anywhere else in the country, and boasts the country’s only Glass School.

How to apply

Contact Jacinta Sanders, Team Leader for a confidential discussion on +64 4 4955871.


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