Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NetP)

​New Zealand's Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NetP) enables nursing graduates to begin their careers well-supported, safe, skilled and confident in their clinical practice, equipped for further learning and professional development, meeting the needs of health and disability support service users and employers.

NetP builds a sustainable pathway for the New Zealand registered nurse workforce into the future.

The Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards Regional NetP Team and partners ensure our programme fulfils these objectives.

Nursing Graduates September 2017 intake

Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards warmly welcome nursing graduates to apply for the Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NetP) or the New Entry to Speciality Practice Mental Health and Addiction Nursing Programme (NESP),​  via the ACE Nursing Website.

ACE Nursing Website

At this site you will be able to apply online and access comprehensive information to help you through the application process.

Please click here for: ACE Nursing Website

ACE Nursing Eligibility Criteria

Please click here for:  ACE Eligibility Criteria

At the Canterbury Region NetP / NESP and community/primary areas you will be working with experienced, educated and qualified nurses who will support you in your first year of practice.

Canterbury and West Coast offers a structured 12 month programme. Most of our contracts are permanent with some of the community/primary providers offering fixed term contracts.

The Canterbury Region NetP programme has approximately 75 to 80 positions.  There are also 34 NESP positions available across the next 2 intakes for the 2017/2018 NESP programme.

West Coast District Health Board commences their intake on 11th September 2017 and will employ approximately 11 NetP and 1 NESP nursing graduates annually. Potential positions may be offered within:

  • Health of Older People within a DHB

  • Medical (6 months), then Surgical (6 months)

  • Primary Health Care

  • Surgical (6 months), then Medical (6 months)

Recruitment Assessment Centres will be held  6 - 9 June 2017. 

Assessment centres is a recruitment process which includes NetP/NESP applications to the CDHB, WCDHB, and partnering organisations, St Georges Hospital and Southern Cross Hospital, Christchurch. 

Canterbury Region NETP/NESP numbers employed :


Intake​Nursing Graduates employed


​2017 - February

​​NETP - 79
NESP - ​16

​2016 - September

​​NETP - 69
NESP - ​18

​2016 - January

​​NETP - 82
NESP - ​19

2015 - September​NETP - 64
NESP - 15​
2015 - January​NETP - 92
NESP - 28​
2014 - September​NETP - 74
NESP - 12​
2014 - JanuaryNETP - 69
NESP - 31
2013 - SeptemberNETP – 66
NESP - 11
2013 - JanuaryNETP - 73
NESP - 23
2012 - SeptemberNETP - 65
NESP - 15
2012 - JanuaryNETP - 54
NESP - 22
2011 - SeptemberNETP - 48
NESP - 8
​2011 - JanuaryNETP - 57
NESP - 15

Please find attached an information sheet  on the clinical placement areas offered.   FAQ sheet:  Canterbury Region NetP FAQs.pdf

NetP Office Administrator

NESP Coordinator

Page last reviewed: 19 June 2017
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