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New Zealand residents benefit from a public health system that is free or low cost thanks to Government subsidies. Non-residents use NZ healthcare services at a cost.


Dial 111 in an emergency. 

Accident and emergency treatment at public hospitals is free.

Find a family doctor

Find and register with a family doctor or GP (General Practitioner) when you move to the District.  A list of Medical Centres with GPs can be found at Manaia Health. A GP is your primary health care provider and if a member of your family is sick, your GP is the first person you should call. GPs set their own fees and may vary so check before deciding which one to enrol with.  Children under six visit the doctor for free.  

Prescriptions are subsidised by the Government, but you must visit your family doctor or GP for these.


Whangarei has the region’s largest hospital, Northland District Health Board. Kensington Hospital is a private hospital and White Cross is an accident and medical clinic.

Hospital treatment is free in the public system for residents, and specialists’ treatment is subsidised but there can be waiting lists for both. Many New Zealander's take medical insurance to reduce waiting time for specialists or surgery.


Everyone in New Zealand is covered by Accident Compensation Corporation’s (ACC) no-fault scheme if they’re injured in an accident. This includes children, beneficiaries and students. It doesn’t matter if they’re working, unemployed or retired. It also includes visitors to New Zealand. Find out what ACC covers.

Having a baby

Maternity care is free in the public system from diagnosis to pre and post-natal care for mother and baby. In New Zealand, most babies are born in hospital, although it’s equally acceptable to have the baby at home. There is no charge for the hospital stay. Many child health services are free for residents under New Zealand’s public health system. These include immunisation against serious disease, regular eyesight and hearing checks at school and visits to the doctor. 

The Whangarei Hospital Maternity Service is both a primary and secondary facility. Usually women will be cared for by their Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) in labour with the hospital midwives supporting your LMC in the delivery suite. The hospital midwives also look after women who are under secondary obstetric care due to a more complicated pregnancy. They will also care for you in the postnatal ward prior to your discharge home. Here is a database of midwives practising in Northland.

Plunket is New Zealand's largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under five. Plunket works together with families and communities, to ensure the best start for every child.


Children get free basic dental care until they’re 18, but otherwise dentists aren’t part of the free public health system. Ask at your school for information when you enrol your children. Dentists in NZ are governed by the professional NZ Dental Association

Mental health & counselling services

There is a range of mental health and counselling services available in the District.  Northland DHB Mental Health provides a range of services and you can also talk to your GP or contact the Citizen Advice Bureau for a list of service providers.


if you are feeling unwell – but not sure whether you need to see a doctor, if you need some urgent advice about a family member or friend who’s sick, or are on holiday and want to know where the nearest doctor or pharmacy is, call Healthline  0800 611 116 for free advice from trained registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ministry of Health Manatau Hauora

Find out about the New Zealand heath system.