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NetP Programme Graduates (2021)

LtoR: Matt Pansters (Community Nursing), Te Rina Boyce (Acute Services), Stevie-Rei Kenny (Te Hauora Runanga o Wairarapa), Rhiannon Gwyther (AT&R), Keri King (Community Nursing), Lemi Rawhiti (Whaiora – Tamariki Ora), Fiona Carroll (Whaiora – Tamariki Ora), Quanita Kawana (Whaiora Medical Centre), Rosa Finlayson (MSW)

Absent: Ineke Van der Put (Carter Court)

The Wairarapa DHB NETP (Nurse Entry to Practice) programme is Nursing Council of New Zealand accredited and accommodates new graduates within hospital and primary health care settings.

The programme is central to Wairarapa DHBs philosophy of "growing our own" nurses and commitment to keeping them here through continuing nursing education and a supported learning environment.

The aim of the NETP programme is to provide graduate Registered Nurses support and professional development to facilitate their transition during their first year of practice.

On completion of the NETP year, nursing graduates will meet competencies and standards of practice at "competent" level on the Wairarapa DHB Professional Development and Recognition programme (PDRP) which is consistent with the Nursing Council of New Zealand requirements for registered nurses.

The Wairarapa DHB has collaborated with other central region DHBs to offer a postgraduate nursing paper through Victoria University of Wellington embedded within the NETP programme. This assists graduates to demonstrate competent nursing practice on completion of the programme. The primary focus of this paper is physical health assessment and making clinical judgments at a graduate nurse level.

Wairarapa DHB understands the demands and stresses faced by new graduates when they commence their first year of practice and are committed to supporting them through their first year with the assistance of our DHB NETP Coordinator, NETP Clinical Coach, Preceptors, Nurse Educators, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Charge Nurse Managers and nursing staff to complete this programme (which includes collaborating with the Tertiary Educator Provider to deliver education at Level 8 on the NZQA scale).

This page provides information for those considering recruitment to the Wairarapa DHBs NETP programme and those within the DHB who need access to information regarding new graduates and the NETP programme.

The Wairarapa DHB is funded to employ up to 16 new graduates on the NETP programme per year, with intakes in January (full-year intake) and if applicable, August* (mid-year intake).


Wairarapa DHB currently recruits nursing graduates who have completed and passed their New Zealand state final examinations, from around New Zealand. Graduate intake numbers are dependent on vacancies within clinical areas. Wairarapa DHB employs their graduates on a permanent contract in one clinical area at 0.8 FTE.However at the conclusion of the NETP year, graduates may continue employment in any department within the DHB at the DHBs discretion.

*Applications for the 2022 mid-year intake open on Wednesday 6th April 2022 and close Tuesday 3rd May.

Applications for the 2023 full-year intake will open Wednesday 10th August and close Tuesday 6th September.

All applications for the Wairarapa DHB NETP programme are through Ace Recruitmentwww.nursing.acenz.net.nz

Currently filled NETP positions for 2022 are;

  • Acute Services – 1
  • Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation – 1
  • Medical / Surgical Ward – 2
  • Perioperative Services – 1
  • Paediatrics – 1
  • Aged Residential Care – 1

*Wairarapa DHB are projecting a potential of up to nine (9) NETP positions in the 2022 mid-year intake - please keep an eye on the DHB website for updated information!



Wairarapa District Health Board wants to make their graduate nurses feel at home and welcomed.

NETP graduates are welcomed to Wairarapa DHB at Orientation which provides the graduate with generic learning and an introduction to the NETP programme. The Postgraduate paper is introduced at Orientation day.

Following orientation, graduates will be orientated to their clinical placement area by their Charge Nurse Managers and Preceptors. It is anticipated that graduates will complete clinical orientation within 4-6 weeks of starting their employment as a NETP.


Clinical Placements and Rotations

Graduates will be informed of their clinical placement before starting the programme. Once accepted, the terms of agreement for such placements are fixed for the NETP year.

Within clinical areas, graduates will be expected to complete generic online learning packages, orientation workbooks and study days additional to and as well as NETP study days and assignments.

Initially this appears to be an overwhelming amount of work. It is strongly recommended that graduates use the knowledge and skills of their appointed Preceptor, Clinical Coach, Nurse Educator, Associate Charge Nurse Managers and Charge Nurse Managers within their clinical areas. The NETP Coordinator is also available for support and will visit frequently. The Nurse Educator Lecturer (Victoria University) supports graduate's academic needs within the programme.

For further information or enquiries please contact:

Vivienne Petersen (NETP Coordinator)

Phone: (06) 946-9800 extn 5781

Email: Vivienne.Petersen@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz

Hannah Chittick (NETP Clinical Coach)

Phone: (06) 946-9800 extn 5213

Email: Hannah.Chittick@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz