Join a Rural Midwifery Practice in Nelson Marlborough

Midwives – Marlborough has an opportunity to deliver to you!

  • Are you looking for an exciting locum or permanent Lead Maternity Carer midwifery position?
  • Are you looking to combine a great lifestyle with your career?

Marlborough can deliver you the great lifestyle along with career opportunities to match!

Why not seize the wonderful opportunity in Marlborough today in New Zealand’s sunniest and extremely beautiful region. 

We have exciting opportunities now available for locum and permanent Lead Maternity Carer midwives based in Blenheim. 

These opportunities include setting up your own LMC midwifery practise or joining existing supportive practises who are seeking practise partners and the opportunity to develop a supportive LMC team. Opportunities for beginning practitioners as well as those more experienced exist and there are supportive packages to make relocation easier.

Situated at the top of the South Island, Marlborough has a population of approximately 42,000 + residents and that number is increasing all the time. The birthing rates have remained stable at approximately 500 per annum.  And no wonder with the National Parks close by, beautiful beaches, clean rivers, boating and all manner of outdoor pursuits available within minutes of the city centre of Blenheim.   For those who enjoy a more leisurely pace, the region is well known for world-class wineries, arts and crafts and excellent cafes and restaurants.  Garden Marlborough is a well known local event held in November each year attracting people from all over the country. Other events to note include wine and beer festivals and the bi-annual air show.

Wairau hospital provides a secondary care maternity service including Obstetrics and Neonates which supports the Lead Maternity Carers in the region as the primary maternity workforce. Home birth and water birth is actively supported in the region too.

Wairau hospital provides a comprehensive range of services and we are committed to offering women choice in their maternity care.  We are BFHI accredited and high breastfeeding rates and have an excellent midwifery education programme for all midwives and multidisciplinary education opportunities such as PROMPT.

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is fully supportive of recruitment and retention of Lead Maternity Carers in the region and can discuss additional support packages on application. Our local Maternity Quality and Safety Programme is fully integrated within our maternity services and local Lead Maternity Carers providing opportunities in quality, audit, service development and consumer engagement.

In return for you choosing to take up this opportunity, along with the health benefits of a wonderful lifestyle and excellent working conditions – you will be entitled to support from the Rural Recruitment and Retention Programme  via the College of Midwives. 

We welcome your enquiry.  For further information please contact Graham Cross – Charge Midwife Manager on (03) 520 9668 or email
For more information on the region of Marlborough please access the following website:

Midwives from outside the district could be eligible for a relocation grant from the rural Midwifery Recruitment and Retention Service. Please call us on 0800midwife to discuss your eligibility for Relocation/Placement Support


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All services are subject to eligibility criteria and/or availability. Register your interest to recieve or provide services through the Rural Midwifery Recruitment and Retention Service.




Phone. 0800 MIDWIFE/0800 643 9433
Fax. +64 3 353 1167