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 2021

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 and West Coast Region NETP programmes have Heatlh Workforce Directorate (HWD) funded positions across many different clinical areas and specialties.

The NESP programme (inclusive of West Coast DHB and NGO partners) numbers vary from year to year. 

Recruitment Assessment Centres will be held on:

Mid Year 2021​:

  • 9-15th June 2021

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. 

Canterbury Region NETP/NESP numbers employed :


Intake​Nursing Graduates employed
​2020 September
​NETP - 79
NESP - 11
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 Sept 2020 Intake.pdf

 NETP NESP Information

​NETP Office Administrator

NESP Coordinator

Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NetP)
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Related Documents

Canterbury Region:​

NETP Learning Framework 2020

NETP Learning Framework 2021 

September 2020 NETP Calendar - updated 20 November 2020

February 2021 NETP Calendar

 West Coast Region:

​​PDRP Application Guidelines and Consent Forms:

PDRP Guidelines and Consent Forms











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Page last reviewed: 11 January 2021