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Information for potential GP's:

Tararua Health Group (THG) is committed to attracting high calibre GP's to support the busy rural primary healthcare service it provides.

In recognition of that the remuneration package is attractive and is benchmarked against the MECA scale for Specialists working within a secondary care environment.

The salary package will reflect the qualifications, experience and relevance to the NZ credentialing framework.

As a guideline the salary currently being offered will range between NZ $150,000 to $195,000 (gross) depending on the assessment of credentials.

For the appropriate applicants a generous accommodation package and assistance with travel and/or relocation costs can be offered.

A high standard of rental accommodation and provision of a car can be offered for a period of months. Payment of professional membership, indemnity insurance, and generous professional development support will be given.

Extra allowances are paid if the new employee is involved in teaching and the provision of a limited after hours service.


What can Tararua Health Group offer?

  • Supportive and positive team environment with collaboration amongst a wide range of health professionals.
  • Clinical leadership through a Clinical Governance Group.
  • Commitment to quality enhancement.
  • Wide range of scopes of practice – minor surgery, palliative care, maternity care, management of GP inpatient services, elder health,general primary healthcare within a rural setting
  • Leading edge use of technology – extensive IT infrastructure within the sites, digital x-rays.
  • All sites within the organisation use Medtech as the software platform for patient record management.
  • A private company who invest in the future – resources, technology, their staff.
  • A team who work hard and enjoy having fun.
  • The advantages of being an employee but having the potential to become a shareholder in the business.
  • An organisation which has a credible, respected profile across the district and across the MidCentral region.
  • Access to secondary care services and specialties – Mobile Surgical Services, clinics etc.
  • A supportive and efficient organisational structure which allows GP's to work as health providers without having to run a business.
  • Involvement in the provision of innovative teaching programmes for GP's, nurses and midwives.
Tararua is an exciting region to live in with many opportunities for outdoor experiences.

Full details can be found on


A THG job Application form can be found here

Current Vacancies at Tararua Health Group:

A THG job Application form can be found here


An experienced GP with excellent communication skills is wanted to join an established, supportive and friendly team in Dannevirke.
Our practices are part of a health group which is recognised for innovative models of care and delivery of services to a rural community. The organisation comprises a community hospital, several GP practice sites, community nursing and allied health. The practice is Cornerstone accredited and involved in a range of teaching programmes.

This is a permanent position where the successful applicant will be supported by a large team of experienced GPs as well as specialist nurses and allied health personnel. The remuneration package offered is competitive and will be tailored to reflect the needs of the successful applicant.

Dannevirke is centrally located to many larger cities, and those with an interest in outdoor activities will enjoy the options available.



Please contact:
Parrish Peeti
Tararua Health Group
PO Box 275
Dannevirke 4942
Phone (06) 374 5691

All enquiries will be in confidence.



Feedback from our International GP Locums

Dr Lorraine Botham and Dr Stephen Botham

(Worked in BSHC – July to October 2016)

We can totally recommend working as a locum in Barraud Street Health Centre.  We were fully supported from our induction and throughout our stay especially taking us through novel systems such as ACC and WINZ.  It was a delight to work with such a professional, competent and friendly team.

Away from work we were given excellent accommodation and an amazing car.  We felt fully integrated into Dannevirke social life, and the down side was that The Barraud Street Surgery Team came second in the Charity Library Qui

We would be happy to speak with anyone wishing to work in the practice.

Dr Lorraine Botham and Dr Stephen Botham
Flintshire, UK


Dr Alexa Thorpe

(Worked in BSHC – November 2015 to April 2016)

Barraud Street Health Centre (BSHC) – a busy, vibrant and friendly practice.

What is striking as one works with this team is the friendliness, the warmth and dedication portrayed by the team – clinical and non-clinical alike.

Clinical excellence is a huge ethos of the practice and BSHC is committed to outstanding patient care. BSHC is a teaching practice – training medical students, trainee interns and registrars in the Rural Medical Immersion Programme and in General Practice.

General Practice can sometimes be an isolating profession with the amount of clinical and non-clinical work we do, but one seldom ever feels this isolation at BSHC – the support, camaraderie and synergy among the team is genuine and goes beyond 9 to 5 hours.

Whatever you do, don't miss morning tea breaks – the discourse is out of this world!!

Would I recommend BSHC? 100% yes!!!!

Dr Alexa Thorpe
GP, Norwich UK


Dr Martin Toynbee

(Worked at THG – January 2015 to May 2015)

I worked for Tararua Health Group (THG) from October 2015 for six months. I had retired from the NHS in the UK slightly early and wanted to experience work and the community in New Zealand.

THG were very welcoming. Accommodation and car were provided and ready on the day of arrival. I worked in Dannevirke and did the very occasional evening or weekend out of hours shift in Palmerston North. I attended the NZLocums introductory course in Wellington, which was useful in getting an idea about prescribing in New Zealand, the Work and Income forms, etc.

The practice from a GP's point of view is essentially nurse led (triaged). Acute problems tend to see a nurse and if a GP's input is needed, then they see one immediately. The nurses are very supportive and a mine of useful information and guidance. I found all the other GPs in the practice approachable and supportive. A few consultants have weekly clinics at the Community Hospital and so you get a chance to meet them. There was a regular meeting of GPs for ongoing development. There were regular staff meetings. A most important meeting was 11 o'clock coffee when the Dominion daily quiz was shared!

I was so impressed by THG's help to one locum who had a school-aged child. The staff arranged for the child to attend a local school and introduced him to their own, similarly aged, children.

The community in Dannevirke was welcoming. My wife attended the local gym and met people. I joined the local golf club temporarily. We travelled around New Zealand a lot. Being so close to Napier and Hastings meant weekends could be spent there. Palmerston North Airport was just 45 minutes away and we flew to the more distant parts on "long weekends".

We enjoyed it so much that we are returning to THG for nearly another five months in January 2016.

Dr Martin Toynbee
East Sussex UK
Addit – Dr Toynbee has since completed another locum placement at THG from January to May 2016.



From an article published in the Bush Telegraph Newspaper, Tararua, New Zealand – 4 April 2016

Dr Nathan Strauss and his wife, Kait, are off for their third summer in a row.

The couple flew to New Zealand from Buffalo, New York, in September 2015. Having trained in New York and completed his post-graduate training in Buffalo, Nathan was looking for a new professional and life experience. Being a local GP in Dannevirke, New Zealand, for six months seemed to fit the bill. He and dancing teacher, Kait, made the move and have had a wonderful time.

"I've worked at a wonderful practice where staff collegiality is amazing, relationships with the pharmacy are great and the care of patients top-notch", Nathan says.

Both Nathan and Kait have travelled somewhere every week and "not one place was not worth the travel" – Napier, Taupo, Rotorua, Ohope, Hahei, Wellington and Cape Palliser were memorable places and ahead lies 16 days in the South Island before they return home. They have tramped to the Coppermine, Sunrise and the Tongariro Crossing. Nathan has been diving for crayfish and paua, hunting for deer and pigs (unsuccessfully!). They have both played squash, tennis, football, and Kait played social hockey in Palmerston North. Kate joined Boot Camp to stay fit, helped with the library Summer Reading Programme, and did some reception work.

Apart from the beauty of the countryside the most important impression is the friendliness of New Zealanders, especially the locals. "New Zealanders are so genuinely lovely. They opened their doors and their hearts. It is going to be very difficult to leave here. It will not be an easy flight", says Nathan. They are moving to a new experience in Purcell, four hours by road inland from Vancouver, Canada and their third summer in a row… they don't think that will be a problem.

Dr Nathan Strauss
Vancouver, Canada
(Worked at BSHC – September 2015 to March 2016)