Nurse Workforce Programme

Nurse Practitioner Training Programme (NPTP)


The Ministry of Health currently funds the NPTP as a national programme, with 50 places available each year.

Three providers – the University of Auckland, the University of Otago, and Victoria University of Wellington – deliver the NPTP across New Zealand. Nurse Practitioner training is provided through a coordinated programme between the partner universities.

The NPTP aligns NP preparation, registration, and employment into a seamless pathway. All NP trainees will apply for registration as an NP with the NCNZ by the end of the NPTP practicum year.

There are priority areas for developing the NP workforce. These include primary health care, community and residential care settings, mental health  and addiction, Māori health, Pacific health, populations with high health needs, rural and hard to reach areas communities and areas with high deprivation.

An overarching goal of the NPTP is to increase the number of Māori NPs, and the number of Pacific NPs. Ultimately, the aim is to improve equity through access to NP led services.

Service Establishment Programme


The Service Establishment Programme is part of a wider Ministry of Health funded programme to deliver a national Nurse Practitioner (NP) Training Programme (NPTP) and to support the establishment of both NPs and ENs in primary health care and community settings, where they deliver (substantively) mental health and addiction services. The Programme is funded through to Dec 2024.

There are two Service Establishment Programmes: Enrolled Nurse and Nurse Practitioner.