​​​Frequently Asked Questions

* I am a Registered Nurse overseas and wanting to register as a nurse in New Zealand. How do I do this?

      Applicants for registration must provide evidence that they:

  • Have an international nursing qualification equivalent to that prescribed in New Zealand.  The qualification prescribed by the Nursing Council for Registered Nurses from overseas was updated 1 March 2013 (the nursing qualification leading to registration was further refined 9 July 2015)
  • Are competent to practise within their scope of practice
  • Are fit for registration. This includes the ability to communicate effectively in English for the purpose of practising nursing. 
  • International applicants from all countries (except Australia) are required to sit an English Language assessment before submitting an application. The assessment can be either the International English Language Testing (IELTS) Academic Test, or the Occupational English Test (OET). 
  • Applications for registration will not be considered until all the required documentation is received. Once the necessary documentation is received, the application will be considered within 90 working days. Please do not contact the Nursing Council during this time.  Council staff will contact you if the information provided is insufficient or requires clarification. Source: Nursing Council New Zealand***If you wish to know more information please visit  Nursing Council New Zealand website

* How can I be eligible to work in New Zealand?

    For any immigration related enquries, please contact www.immigration.govt.nz directly.


   Available accommodations from websites like Trade Me or the local real estate agents.

   New Zealand Tourism Accommodation
    A website that provides a list of current accommodation to stay or to rent.

   Trade Me
   New Zealand’s most popular website (equivalent to E-Bay in other countries) where you can buy everything from clothes, and cars to houses.

  **If you wish to receive detailed information, please complete the form below and a member of the team will be in touch.

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International Nurse

Are you a Traveling Nurse?

New Zealand's  spectacular landscapes and untouched beauty offer a perfect setting for Middle Earth!

There's plenty of job opportunities for travel nurses all over New Zealand.

Astra Healthcare welcomes registered nurses who are traveling and are looking for temporary work. Our self roster systems gives you the flexibility to manage when you want to work or plan your get away escapes!

Register your interest with us and a member of our recruitment  team will assist you with the stress free transition process.

You must have over 3 years surgical/ critical care experience, have eligibility to work in New Zealand and have a  New Zealand Annual Practising Certificate to be considered for this role.