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 2020

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. The Canterbury District Health Board offers permanent contracts. A mixture of permanent and fixed term contracts is offered by community or primary health organisations.  

NESP programmes generally have two intakes each year - September to November and January/February to November the following year.  Employment within Specialist Mental Health Service of CDHB are permanent, subject to meeting all programme requirements.

The Canterbury Region NetP programme has approximately 75 to 80 Heatlh Workforce Directorate (HWD) funded positions, but frequently can take more graduates than this.  

The NESP programme (inclusive of West Coast DHB and NGO partners) numbers vary from year to year. We anticipate 40 positions for 2020 (inclusive of the Sept 2019 intake).

West Coast District Health Board commences their intake September 2020 and positions will be offered within:

  • NESP – 3 positions.  2 in Greymouth and 1 in Buller
  • ARC – 2 positions in Greymouth
  • District Nursing – 1 position in Hokitika and 1 in Greymouth
  • Inpatient Wards (Med/Surg) – 2 positions in Greymouth
  • Primary, Acute Care & District Nursing – 3 positions in Buller​

Recruitment Assessment Centres will be held on:

Mid Year 2020​:

  • 15th, 16th and 17th June, 2020

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

This year, the assessment centres will be run differently due to pandemic restrictions. The process this time for individual candidates is expected to take approximately 60-90 minutes from start to finish. This includes a 30 - 40 minute expanded zoom interview with assessors, and the police check process via zoom also.

Canterbury Region NETP/NESP numbers employed :


Intake​Nursing Graduates employed
2020 - February 
​NETP - 97
NESP - 22
​​2019 - September

2019 - February

2019 - May
NETP -   68
NESP -     2
​NETP - 104
NESP -   21
NETP -   11
2018 - September

2018 - May

2018 - February
​NETP -  82
NESP - ​ 9

NETP - 17

NETP - 98
NESP - ​28
​2017 - September
​NETP - 78
NESP - 16
​2017 - February
​NETP - 79
NESP - 16

Please find attached an information sheet  on the clinical placement areas offered:NETP NESP Information Sheet Feb 2020 Intake.pdf

 NetP NESP Information

​NetP Office Administrator

NESP Coordinator

Page last reviewed: 26 May 2020