Mental Health

Work, live, and play in part of NZ's paradise

Tauranga, Whakatane and Mount Maunganui are amongst New Zealand’s most beautiful locations

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Why look any further?

We have roles available for Registered Mental Health Professionals across New Zealand’s stunning Bay of Plenty. Whether you are a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Clinical Psychologist, there will be a role to suit.
The Job

Registered Mental

Health Professionals
  • Bay of Plenty

New Zealand professional registration – or eligibility to apply – and prior experience in mental health environments are required.

We’re looking for positive, enthusiastic and proactive people with the ability to instil confidence in patients, families (whanau) and colleagues. Awareness and sensitivity to individual and cultural differences is essential.

Roles include Acute inpatient, Crisis Intervention, Community case management, Home Based Treatment, MICAMHS, Alcohol and Drug, MHSOP and clinical leadership.

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  • Role typeHealth Professionals
  • StyleHospital/Clinics/Community
  • SiteTauranga/Whakatane
  • SpecialityMental Health

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The Location

Bay of Plenty

Te Moana a Toi

Discover the beauty of the Bay of Plenty, right here on your doorstep

Lifestyle, outdoors and more coastal

Largest city Tauranga 160,000 people

Rural backdrop to coastal locations

Three hospitals (one a regional base)

Milder climate compared to lots of NZ

Domestic airports

Discover more about Whakatane here

Whakatāne is the heart of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. From endless coastlines to ancient forests, we're blessed with breath-taking landscapes, rich culture and plenty of sunshine.

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Frequently asked questions

We hope these FAQs answer some of your questions. If you have any others, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Yes, most of our clients are based overseas, however we do work with candidates looking for opportunities from within New Zealand

Please search for us on Instagram, Facebook and our Tonix Website and read the wonderful testimonials from our incredible candidates we have had the privilege to support with their journey to live and work in New Zealand.

Hoping you will be next to come to New Zealand to live, work and play! is the most commonly used website to use however you have to be in New Zealand to open an account with them.  You can access it to start researching while overseas.

Once you have a signed job offer we will email you information on how to set up a NZ bank account and registered for a NZ IRD (tax) number.

Your references will be contacted once we are ready to present your CV to the hospitals. We will need to contact two senior members of your current team who you have reported to in the last two years.  We will initially contact your referees via an email but only once we have your written or verbal consent.

Word format is best.  Tonix is happy to review your CV and we can send you a template to assist you in updating your CV if needed.

Your CV should be no less than two pages and no more than four

This is dependent on many variables, i.e., your family situation, visa type and where you are locating to.  Email us at for more information, specific to your situation.

You are eligible to receive four weeks paid annual leave per year, as per standard employment law, however some professions may receive more. NZ also has 12 national public holidays, plus one day of leave to celebrate regionally per year.

Your employer will assist you in arranging this as part of your employment agreement.

The majority of our candidates work in the larger North Island cities.  This is dictated to by NZ Immigration law where our off shore candidates are only able to fill positions that cannot be filled by NZ citizens.  The majority of our population lives in the upper part of the North Island however we take into account your professional experience, budget, family, friends living in NZ along with your lifestyle preferences.


Interviews are arranged at a time that best suits you and the employer through a variety of methods including WhatsApp, Teams, Zoom and FaceTime.
Due to international time zones, and NZ business hours, your interview is likely to take place either early morning or later in the evening.

We are sorry but we are unable to support your recruitment into a hospital you have contacted directly in the past six months.
We prefer to work exclusively with you.  We will always keep you informed of where your cv is and what positions we have presented you to.

We will work hard to ensure we find you the best possible job and salary in a location that suits you.

Your partner will be required to apply for a visa, based on your visa, and certain conditions will apply. If your partner is a health professional, we can also assist with finding them employment.

Tonix is not licenced to give immigration advice, but we are happy to refer you to our licensed contacts, based in New Zealand, the UK and Singapore who will be able to support you through the process, as required.

The majority of our candidates do not require the added support of an Immigration Advisor.
The approximate cost of a basic visa and professional registration varies.

Email us at and we will provide you with more information.


To get your qualifications assessed email us on and we will be able to offer you advice.

Your qualifications, past experience and the role that we secure a job offer for, will determine your fortnightly paid salary in New Zealand.
For a specific estimate, email us at and we will provide you with more information and support.

We are able to negotiate generous relocation assistance with the hospitals.
The agreed relocation amount will be reimbursed to you on commencement of your employment.

Yes. We can support your recruitment into either.
All critical care is managed through our Public Health System.
Our Private Hospitals provide elective surgeries, mostly Monday to Friday.
Shifts for both Public and Private hospitals vary from 8 – 10 hour days and a few are able to offer 12 hour shifts.

Yes.  Tonix travels to the U.K., Ireland and Singapore annually to meet with our candidates.
We have a Tonix Office based in London for 2023/2024.

Contact us at to register your interest and we can make a time to meet

Yes.  Email us at to arrange a time to talk.

It can take anything from 6 – 12 months depending on your personal circumstances and how prepared you are.  The sooner you start your NZ professional registration process the better, as this is your first priority.

Yes in most main centres there is public transport networks of trains, buses and ferries.
You will notice that with a smaller population they are not as frequent, and so you do need to plan your days a bit more!


If you are working in the community then it is expected that you can have this to be able to do your job.

You can find out more about your current licence and how you can access a NZ licence here

"Annie's ability to understand and identify my unique skill set and career aspirations was truly remarkable..."

Her responsiveness, personable nature, and utmost professionalism have greatly assisted me in navigating the overwhelming task of securing employment in New Zealand.

She took the time to listen attentively to my needs, concerns, and preferences, ensuring that every opportunity presented aligned with my professional objectives. Her expertise and deep knowledge of the New Zealand job market were evident in the quality of positions she shared with me.

Jessica | Mental Health candidate coming to New Zealand

Tauranga is the biggest city in the Bay

Tauranga is the largest city in the Coastal Bay of Plenty and is home to approximately 140,000 people. The sprawling city is virtually surrounded by water - locals’ lives consist of fishing, diving, swimming and simply enjoying the stunning views from almost every corner.

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Keen to make a start and see what’s possible?

Talk to us now, we are happy to guide you in the right direction.

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Rotorua is just an hour away from Tauranga, and is rich with history and culture

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