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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 Bay of Plenty health industry?

  • 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 is the fifth largest city in New Zealand.

The Bay of Plenty Clinical Campus administers undergraduate student placements and clinical training for Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty, which provides primary and secondary healthcare services to over 200,000 people in the 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. For further information please contact:

Donna Watkins

Matt Sinton 

Note: all students must receive health clearance for health screening, immunisations and vaccinations, as detailed in the Health Questionnaire Students July 2022.
All students must provide evidence of clearances for Police checks as required by legislation.
Clearances must be obtained before starting any placement.

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
  • Dietitian
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical physiology

Summer studentships

Summer studentship applications are now open for medical students to apply for a summer research project. Please apply using the Summer Student Application Form 2023 [PDF, 588KB].

Further detail is in the Summer Studentship Handbook 2023 [PDF, 445KB] 

Contact for any queries.

Kia Ora Hauora Summer Studentships

We are pleased to offer summer studentships for kaupapa Māori based research and projects for tauira (students).

Please apply using the Kia Ora Hauora Summer Studentship Application 2022 [PDF, 305KB]. The closing date is 8 October 2022.

Further detail is in the Kia Ora Hauora Summer Studentship Handbook 2022 [PDF, 368KB].

Preference will be given to Māori tauira studying for clinical health professions, for Kia Ora Hauora Summer Studentships, and will be allocated projects that focus on Māori Health outcomes.

Contact for any queries.

Students may apply for both.

Acorn foundation financial grants

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

Full-time medical 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.

These applications are currently closed.

We offer a 12-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 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

Our nursing leaders want to recruit and retain high-calibre staff who have an excellent balance of knowledge, skills and experience to make our organisation 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, i.e. 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 Whāriki ā Toi.


The Voluntary Bonding Scheme is a Ministry of Health initiative to encourage newly qualified health professionals to work in the communities and specialties that need them most.

It also aims to retain essential health professionals in New Zealand and increase Māori and Pasifika representation in the workforce.

The scheme provides incentives for new graduates and GP medical trainees to work in hard-to-staff communities and specialties.

People accepted on the scheme can become eligible for payments in the first three-to-five years of their career, to help repay their student loan or to top up their income.

For more information and to register please visit