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‘Green’ describes this region well. If you see yourself with a lifestyle block (aka manageable farm sized property with an extended animal family), 10 minutes from a City that has all the facilities that you need, you have found the right place. There is plenty of space, and it’s affordable too. The Manawatu region has invested in wind farm technology, building on the region’s focus on local sustainability.Palmerston North Square

If you need the occasional big-city fix then Wellington is only two hours’ drive   south. The Manawatu is your opportunity to experience the best of both worlds.

The beach is 30 minutes’ drive away on the open road. The river is on your doorstep – kayaking, fishing – you can fit your outdoor adventures in after work. Taking the children to their activities is a breeze! To get here from Auckland you fly straight down the centre of the North Island over rolling hills, farm land, pockets of tiny lakes and winding rivers.

Palmerston North is a multi-cultural community. Manawatu Multicultural Council (MMC) is an established organisation which has been operating within Palmerston North for over 23 years providing an essential point of contact for new migrants. The council organises and participates in events and activities that promote cultural diversity in Palmerston North.

Massey University is based in Palmerston North and means that there are plenty of young adults to keep the City busy and buzzing.

Work in Palmerston North is what you make it: the service is looking for enthusiastic team players who are quick and easy to adapt to what the day presents. The patients are at the centre of this service. The service is open to research, teaching and new ideas. 

The Manawatu area is a beautiful part of the world offering a laid back lifestyle to be enjoyed by the whole family. 

Disclaimer :-)

The regional information is based on my own opinions from visits and from talking with locals at the time of visiting. I have had a knack of visiting on days when the weather has played its part - at each location the sun has been shining. In fairness, some regions I have visited more than others: my parents live in Whangarei so I understand what tropical rain means; I am aware that a rainy day in Wellington with a ‘Southerly’ wind would not afford quite the same charm as the sunny clear day I experienced, but an experience nonetheless.

Take from this what you will, do your own research and remember that we are happy to put you in touch with other Doctors who are already based at our featured DHBs who are happy to chat with you about their experiences. We are open and honest, we want you to want to come and work here for what it is. I was born in England and I have a love for England. I choose to live in New Zealand because of the lifestyle my family and I enjoy: the beaches, the people, the school system, the outdoors, the space. It isn’t just me – there is a huge ex-pat community throughout New Zealand. It’s not for everyone, but it might just be for you.

Kate McKendry