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Consultant Anaesthetist - Relaxed Coastal Lifestyle in the Stunning East Cape, North Island - New Zealand

Consultant - Anaesthetics
Ref: 4192 Date Posted: Monday 24 Jul 2017
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Put down the smartphone and pick up your sunglasses… and head to Gisborne, New Zealand.

We are seeking a Consultant Anaesthetist for a modern and spacious non-metropolitan hospital in Gisborne - one of the most picturesque parts of New Zealand where the work/life balance is truly a way of life. It’s also becoming one of NZ’s fastest growing districts for those wishing to escape the big cities and busy lives, and to slow down and enjoy a more relaxed pace with the family. Gisborne has genuine appeal for those making a sea change.

  • Live in a friendly and multicultural coastal community
  • International doctor community from NZ, UK, Europe, Scandinavia & the USA
  • Affordable housing and excellent local schools
  • Beautiful natural surroundings and marine life – safe harbour, white sandy beaches, native forest, dolphins & native birds

The Hospital

Opened in 1985, this secondary hospital and is both modern and well equipped. Services include: medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, mental health & addiction services, gynaecology, obstetrics, child health, intensive and coronary care, assessment and rehabilitation, emergency department, laboratory, radiology, physiotherapy, dietetics, orthotics, occupational therapy, audiology, social work, domiciliary care and palliative care. As part of the range of services, the hospital also provides public health, health promotion, primary care and community based mental health services.

They have established systems for tertiary support and clinical backup with Waikato Hospital, Auckland Hospital and Starship Hospital. This includes clinical advice and urgent transfer if required.

The Hospital is well supported locally by comprehensive surgical services, and has a full range of diagnostic facilities on site including an MRI scanner, CT scanner and 24 hour on-site laboratory facilities. 

They are committed to the needs of Maori who make up 65% of admissions to the hospital and form 46.2% of the region’s population of 46,000. So there is an active focus on Maori Health issues and respecting Maori culture and custom with regards to patient care. For those not from New Zealand, this provides valuable exposure and unique rewarding experiences both professionally and socially.

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $280,000 pa (Base salary NZ$152,000 - $216,500 pa)
  • Total package includes NZ$16,000 CME Allowance pa + 10 days leave pa to attend conferences 
  • Dedicated non-clinical time and multidisciplinary teamworking
  • Relocation assistance is available

The Location
New Zealand is the size of Great Britain but with 56 million less people. People tend to be very relaxed, have more space and queues and traffic jams are rarities, especially here on the East Cape of the North Island.

Gisborne is the major coastal city of the Tairawhiti region, known for its laidback lifestyle and white sandy beaches. Referred to as “Gizzy” by the locals, it features a prevalent café culture and restaurants which serve locally sourced fresh produce, and some of the best New Zealand wines and cheeses. Local schools are excellent and real estate is affordably priced – there is something ideal to suit your needs from apartments, townhouses, something more rural (lifestyle block) or close to Wainui Beach.

Major industries contributing to the local economy include horticulture, wine production, farming, forestry and fishing. Quite a few international Doctors have successfully made their home here from the UK, Scandinavia, Europe and the USA. The children enjoy the outdoor life and the schools are of a high standard, so its an excellent location for families.

Gisborne generally enjoys warm summers (up to mid-30s degrees) and mild winters and is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand with average yearly sunshine of around 2200 hours. And it's also the first place in New Zealand to see the sunrise each morning. 

Locals enjoy easy access to a fantastic untouched natural environment, which lends itself to such outdoor pastimes as surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, swimming, mountain biking and hill walking to name a few. It’s also a popular holiday destination for other visiting Kiwis in the summertime, drawn to the hot summer weather and annual music festivals, vineyard tours and surfing competitions. 

Find out more about Gisborne and the East Cape here


Given the permanent nature of this role, you should be eligible for provisional vocational registration with Medical Council of New Zealand (or already hold vocational registration with MCNZ). This is the specialist pathway for registration and we can assist with paperwork if you are successfully appointed. You can check the MCNZ website here to self-assess your eligibility for this pathway.

Alternatively, eligibility for Locum Tenens registration with Medical Council of New Zealand will also be viewed favourably. Locum Tenens is a short term specialist registration, valid for up to 12 months only, which takes only 30 days to process once submitted. 

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If this sounds like the perfect job you can apply using the blue button below. Or if you’d like to find out more about this job or have an informal chat, please get in touch with us:

Laura Sanders

Recruitment Consultant

Tel: 0131 240 5265 LinkedIn