Working at the Ministry of Health

In this section you can find a quick overview about why work at the Ministry of Health, as well as some useful links to information about our organisation.

A rewarding career

We believe that how we work together within the Ministry and with the sector, public service and communities is key to achieving Pae Ora – healthy futures for all New Zealanders.

Some key principles underpin how we work. We are committed to:

  • the public sector spirit of service
  • having the right people at the table at the right time for as long as they are required
  • working between and across teams – working for the organisation first and ‘home’ teams second
  • considering equity in our work – achieving equity is everyone’s responsibility.

Why work for Manatū Hauora?

Working at the Ministry is incredibly rewarding, so if you’re keen to put your skills to use for the wellbeing of all New Zealanders, we have some exciting new positions becoming available. 

Every day thousands of people interact with our health and disability system – whether it’s through taking a sick child to the GP, being seen in an emergency room, participating in a screening programme or receiving care in response to a mental health crisis.

As kaitiaki of the system, the Ministry of Health provides stewardship and leadership across the system to prioritise equity so people receive the highest levels of care, regardless of who they are or where they live.

To ensure we can make Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system more equitable, deliver on the Government’s priorities and wellbeing goals, respond to changing societal drivers and make sure services are people-centred, we've made some organisational changes to ensure we have the right structures, capability and culture.

Are you up for the challenge?

Do you want to make a difference? We’re looking for people who are up for tackling the many challenges New Zealand is facing as a result of increased demand for services, a growing and ageing population, changing expectations, emerging technologies, and global health workforce demands. We also want to ensure our Māori and Pacific populations experience pae ora – healthy futures.

With these challenges come opportunities, and we need people who can help us make those opportunities a reality – for every New Zealander.

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In this section

  • Find out more about the wide variety of benefits and opportunities available to Ministry of Health staff. Read more
  • The Ministry’s Gender Pay Gap Action Plan, which is aligned with the Public Service Gender Pay Gap Action Plan, strategy and principles, sets out the Ministry’s commitment to understanding, addressing and making progress to closing the gender pay gap. Read more
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