Living and Working in the Bay

Working here

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board has an innovative culture where staff share the principles of Compassion, All-one-team, Responsiveness and Excellence in their daily work. We are an organisation that is spread across a vast geographical area, and centred around our two hospitals based in Tauranga and Whakatāne.

  • Read our Good Employer Annual Report Review, a review of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board undertaken by the Human Rights Commision. Click here to view.
  • Back in the Bay, a local website, provides information to expatriate Kiwis about career and lifestyle opportunities in the Bay of Plenty. Visit-
  • Priority One is the western Bay of Plenty's economic development organisation. Visit-
  • Bay of Plenty Infonet - packed with links to a variety of businesses, tourist information and useful services. Visit-

At the Bay of Plenty District Health Board we recruit for our CARE values.  Why do we do this?  Because values-based teams deliver better care.

Our objective is to make the Bay of Plenty DHB an even better place to work. By building on existing good practice, higher staff engagement drives higher quality patient care. There is a clear relationship between the wellbeing of staff and patient wellbeing.

Our CARE values (Compassion, All-one-team, Responsive and Excellence) support each of us to make a difference every day in the things we do and say. Therefore, it's important that when recruiting new staff, we recruit staff who live by our CARE values. 

Our CARE values and behaviours shape:

  • The way we all behave with patients, families and whānau and with each other.
  • The way all of our teams from our Board, frontline staff, support staff, corporate staff and administration staff, make decisions.
  • How we keep understanding and improving everyone's (patients and staff) experiences.
  • How we recruit, induct, appraise, support and develop our staff.

When a staff member's values and the DHB's values are a good 'fit,' staff are more likely to feel more comfortable, more energised and get greater satisfaction from their work.  Also new staff will settle quicker, stay longer and demonstrate our CARE values more consistently.

Click here to explore some scenarios that require a values response.  We are using this tool with selected recruitment. 

For guidance and support in how we use values-based recruiting you can email or phone 07 579  8812.


Click here to view our Current Vacancies page. 


Living here

Situated in the sunny eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island, the Bay of Plenty really is just that, offering vast golden sand beaches, bush clad mountains, lush farmlands and more. Its pleasant climate means that the area has become a favourite for holiday makers, retirement and those looking for a different lifestyle outside of the main cities.

The people of the Bay of Plenty love sports and the outdoors and make the most of the recreational facilities that abound on their doorstep such as boating, surfing, fishing, diving, mountain biking and tramping, as well as the traditional team sports of rugby, netball and cricket.

And don't forget about the vibrant food and entertainment focus with cafes, live music pubs, cinemas and live theatres.

Other useful links


Click onto the following sites for more information about vacancies within the health industry:-

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Last updated: March 16, 2018