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What we can offer students

Do you want to be a doctor, a nurse or another important staff member in the Health Industry in the Bay of Plenty?

  • The Bay of Plenty Clinical Campus can offer you training and research opportunities for all disciplines at hospitals in Tauranga and Whakatāne.
  • The Bay of Plenty's oceanside location and temperate climate make it an extremely desirable place to live and work. Tauranga City is the fifth largest city in New Zealand.

The Bay of Plenty Clinical Campus administers undergraduate student placements and clinical training for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) which provides primary and secondary healthcare services to over 200,000 people in the Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty.

Secondary care services are provided from a 300+ bed hospital in Tauranga and a 100+ bed hospital in Whakatāne.

Some of the opportunities we offer
  • Medical student/intern clinical placements in a range of primary care settings and a number of secondary care services; selective and elective placements & summer studentships for medical students. (Placements for house officers, medical officers and registrars are arranged by the Medical Staffing Unit).
  • Selective and elective placements for Bachelor of Nursing students.
  • Selective and elective clinical placements for allied health trainees in a range of disciplines and locations.
  • Rural Immersion students placed in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
  • As a University of Auckland Clinical Campus we have extensive student programmes.

Student accommodation is available in Tauranga and in Whakatāne by arrangement.

Student education opportunities

We offer clinical placements for Allied Health trainees/students through tertiary institutions in a range of disciplines and locations:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Social work
  • Speech and language
  • Mental health
  • Dietician
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical physiology

Acorn foundation grants

Applications are currently closed.

Acorn Foundation grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic commitment.

Full-time students only are eligible and must be in the third year or more of study. You need to be eligible for Study-link and to be able to demonstrate your need for financial assistance. Preference is given to students from who have attended school in the Bay of Plenty region.

Summer studentships

Applications are currently closed.

To register your interest for the above please email

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) offers a twelve month new graduate entry to practise programme as well as selective and elective placements for Bachelor of Nursing Students.

Learn more about the Nurse Entry to Practice Programme.

Investigating options

Our nurse/midwife recruiter works closely with the Director of Nursing, the nurse/midwife leaders, the nurse/midwife managers and the People and Culture recruitment team to proactively support the effective recruitment and retention of nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.

Our nurse/midwife recruiter welcomes enquiries from potential applicants around such topics as current vacancies and the application process.

Ph 07 579 8031 or email

BOPDHB nursing leaders want to recruit and retain high calibre staff who have an excellent balance of knowledge, skills and experience to make BOPDHB a place of career opportunities and excellence in nursing.

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For New Graduates

There is health Workforce (HW) funding available for registered nurses who meet the funding criteria.

The application process is available once a year and applicants need to include papers for the entire academic year ie Summer School, Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Applications open 1st September and close 15th October for the 2022 academic year.

To register your interest email

You can also see a series of Q&As and application forms about Postgraduate Nurse Funding by logging into Te Whariki a Toi


The Voluntary Bonding Scheme (the Scheme) is a practical initiative run by the Ministry of Health to encourage newly qualified health professionals to work in the communities and specialties that need them most, and to retain essential health professionals in New Zealand. It also aims to increase representation of Māori and Pasifika within the health workforce.

The Scheme is targeted to new graduates in eligible professions (and General Practice medical trainees) who are starting their career, with the aim of incentivising them to work in eligible hard-to-staff communities or specialties. Those accepted to the Scheme can become eligible for payments in the first three-to-five years of their career, to help repay their student loan or as top-up income.

For more information and to register please visit