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New Job. New Lifestyle. New Zealand 2021.

Beaches. Warm climate. Relaxed coastal community living. 

We’re seeking an experienced Consultant Radiologist (generalist) to join the team at Whakatāne Hospital in the stunning Bay of Plenty region. With a short commute to work and some of the best beaches in NZ on your doorstep, this is truly a lifestyle move.

  • Become part of a relaxed coastal community, ideal for all the family
  • Permanent position, commence 2021
  • FRANZCR or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCR with CCT
  • Modern, spacious working environment
  • Well-regarded clinical school on campus
  • Participate in the after-hours on call roster
  • Beautiful natural surroundings –  white sandy beaches, native forest & birds, dolphins & whales


The Radiology Service is district-wide across the whole of the Bay of Plenty region operating across two sites: Tauranga (Western Bay of Plenty) and Whakatāne (Eastern Bay of Plenty). This role is based in Whakatāne Hospital, a comprehensive, well-equipped secondary hospital (110-bed) with modern facilities, serving a large catchment area with a population of approx. 50,000.  

The Whakatāne Hospital Radiology Department has two general rooms, a Toshiba Prime CT Scanner and two ultrasound machines with colour doppler.

Patients are from a diverse cultural background, with the majority being Maori (who represent 25% of the Bay of Plenty’s population). There is a wide pathology, which presents exciting opportunities for a specialist radiologist to make a genuine difference to the local community.

You will join two other Radiologists, one Sonographer and 10 Radiographers. The department workload comprises general radiology, ultrasound, MDCT and a limited range of interventional procedures. An on call component offers a 24 hour acute service.

For this role, you will be experienced in a general scope of specialist radiology skills, comfortable working in a range of modalities. In addition, you will have a sound understanding of contemporary models of care; proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching; and of course, a commitment in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.

You will also enjoy working in a multicultural workforce and being based in a friendly coastal community.

There’s no better time to consider a positive career move and relocate to one of the loveliest parts of New Zealand.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$190,000 - $300,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$164,369 to $244,560 pa, depending on level of experience; on call calculated on top of your base; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa.
  • Plus relocation assistance

The Location

Whakatāne (popn 35,500) and the neighbouring township of Ōhope offer a warm, relaxed lifestyle with over 50 km of coastline to enjoy and explore. Located just 1 hour’s drive from Tauranga City and 3.5 hours from Auckland, the region features some of the best beaches in NZ, such as Ōhope, Ōtarawairere, Pukehina and Ōhiwa – the warm and sunny climate makes it ideal for those who love the great outdoors and the beach life.

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, hill walking, golf and more.

There is a domestic airport with daily flights to Auckland’s international airport, making connections to/from Whakatane very easy (45 minutes).

Find out more about the Bay of Plenty and Whakatane here

Requirements for this role

Ideally, you will hold FRANZCR and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

Alternatively, if not NZ-trained, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either the UK (via CCT), Australia (FRANZCR), Canada (FRCPSC)(DR), South Africa (FC Rad Diag(SA)) or the USA (American Board Certified) that will enable specialist registration with Medical Council of New Zealand via the Provisional Vocational registration (long term) pathway or Locum Tenens (short term, up to 12 months) registration pathway.

These are the two specialist pathways for Radiologists in NZ and we can assist with medical registration and facilitate the visa, if successfully appointed.

** Primary Source Verification using EPIC **

From 1st November 2017, all relevant qualifications must now be verified by ECFMG using the EPIC system on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand.  

If you are committed to working in New Zealand, we encourage doctors to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ.  Delays in verifications can impact on start dates, if not completed timeously.  Candidates are invited to log on to EPIC and complete this step online.  EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications directly with you.

Log on to EPIC here and read the FAQs section about how to get started.


For a discussion about this role or
other opportunities contact Caroline today.

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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