5 July 2023 • College News

Job Vacancy - Nurse Practioner - Mental Health & Addictions

Job Details

Reference 005003513
Location Whakatane
Work Type Permanent Full Time
Closing Date 30/07/2023


Nurse Practitioner – Mental Health & Addictions 
Eastern Bay of Plenty

Employment Type: Permanent – 1 FTE

He Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

We are seeking a Nurse Practitioner to join our supportive Mental Health & Addictions service at Te Whatu Ora – Bay of Plenty. 

In this role, the Nurse Practitioner (NP) will have a population health focus and work across the health sector to meet the needs of Tangata Whaiora and whānau.  The NP will strengthen models of care, while ensuring safe management of those presenting with acute and enduring mental health conditions. 

Through leadership and consultancy, the NP will promote the delivery of advanced clinical practice, education, research, and quality improvement.  There will be a strong quality focus on nursing practice and professional nursing leadership to ensure the development of staff within Mental Health and Addiction services.

Within this role, you will enable and support the implementation of the Toi Ora systems of care contributing to a whole of system focus on Oranga Hinengaro. An essential component of this role will be identifying and overcoming barriers to early access for Māori with long term mental health and addiction needs.

As a designated senior nurse, this role will support the health system transformation to achieve the aims of Te Pae Tata (Interim New Zealand Health Plan) and Te Toi Ahorangi.

The Nurse Practitioner is a key member of the Mental Health & Addiction Service Senior Nursing Leadership team and will report to the Nurse Leader of Mental Health and Addiction.  This is a permanent, full-time position and will be based at Community Mental Health in Whakatāne. 

He Kōrero mōu – About You

Ideally you will be an experienced Senior Registered Mental Health Nurse who has a passion for working collaboratively with a wide range of people and services.  

Our preferred candidate will be someone who can readily establish effective relationships and be able to draw on these strengths to work in partnership with service users and whānau, colleagues, and a wide range of community services.  

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • Recent experience in a range of mental health and addiction nursing settings with significant experience in acute mental health and addiction inpatient setting.
  • Current professional nursing registration.
  • NCNZ Endorsement as Nurse Practitioner.
  • Clinical leadership and/or adult teaching experience.
  • Full driver’s licence
  • High level of analytical, written, and oral skills
  • Experience working with whānau, Hapū and Iwi.
  • Proven commitment to the implementation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in health and a strong understanding of equity from a Te Tiriti o Waitangi perspective.

Hauora ā Toi Bay of Plenty is committed to the aspirations of Te Toi Ahorangi, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and bicultural practice, and practitioners who are speakers of Te Reo and have a sound knowledge of Mātauranga Māori are encouraged to apply.

It’s important to us that we work in a positive team culture, and we welcome creativity, being open to a challenge and thinking outside the box.  We value how we care for each other, and make sure that we make space for celebrations and fun. 

Mō Tātou – About Us

Situated in the sunny eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island, the Bay of Plenty really is just that, offering vast golden sand beaches, bush clad mountains, lush farmlands and more. Its pleasant climate means that the area has become a favourite for holiday makers, retirees and those looking for a different lifestyle outside of the main cities.

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty is spread across a vast geographical area and centred across two hospitals based in Tauranga and Whakatāne.  We serve a population of approximately 308,000 for the major population centres of Tauranga, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatāne, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki.  Te Whatu Ora Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty is one of the Bay of Plenty’s largest employers with over 4000 staff.

Ko o tatou painga – Our Benefits 

  • Access to ongoing in-house professional development
  • Support to attend professional and postgraduate training
  • Potential relocation assistance available for international candidates
  • Commitment to staff wellness and healthy working practices (e.g. We support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible)
  • Highly rewarding role and opportunity to make a difference!
  • Be a valued member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Subsidised onsite hospital gym membership 
  • Free flu vaccinations
  • Free onsite parking 
  • Discounts (with local businesses)

Ngā uarātanga ō ā mātou mahi – Our Values

At Te Whatu Ora Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty (formally Bay of Plenty District Health Board BOPDHB) we recruit for our Manaakitanga CARE values. Why do we do this? Because values-based teams deliver better care.

Our manaakitanga CARE values (Compassion, All-one-team, Responsive and Excellence) support each of us to make a difference every day in the things we do and say. Therefore, it’s important that when recruiting, we recruit new colleagues who live by our CARE values.

Te Whatu Ora Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty are committed to improving Māori health outcomes and achieving health equity for Māori through Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations. It is essential you demonstrate an awareness of Māori indigenous rights and current issues in relation to health and health equity.

Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

You can view the position description on the link below and to apply for the role. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online career’s portal. 


Due to this position having contact with children and Te Whatu Ora Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.