Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners are highly skilled autonomous health practitioners who have advanced education, clinical training and demonstrated competency. They have the legal authority to practice beyond the level of a registered nurse.

Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners combine their advanced nursing knowledge and skills with diagnostic reasoning and therapeutic knowledge. They provide care for people with both common and complex conditions.

Many Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners work in primary care where, like general practitioners, they may be the lead health care provider for health consumers and their families/whānau. Some Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners own their own practice. Others work for District Health Boards, non-governmental organisations, or for Māori and iwi providers. Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners are more likely to work in rural areas and in underserved communities.

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Go to:

  •   The Nursing Council website to find out more about the Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioner scope of practice.
  •   Changes to health practitioner status for more information about the changes to eight acts of parliament that enables Mātanga 
      Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners to carry out activities previously only doctors could do
  •  The Nurse Practitioners New Zealand website for more on how to support registered nurses to become Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse
      Practitioners, and for examples of Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioner job descriptions and business cases


For more about Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners at work see:

Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care and Community Teams

Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care and Community Teams

SI-NP in Primary Care Guidelines Toolkit Final Sept 2021


Evaluation of the Nurse Practitioner in Aged Care

Evaluation of the Nurse Practitioner in Aged Care


- Hauora NP

Two Nurse Practitioners Rochelle and Laura, working in primary care while putting a spotlight on the diversity of the NP role in Aotearoa/New Zealand  

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4p9elV5o54lpLJdUEHJFxe

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/hauora-np/id1681437002

Instagram: https://instagram.com/hauoranp?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==


- Goodfellow Unit

In this episode, Chelsea Willmott discusses nurse practitioners in New Zealand and the growing role they play in primary care practice.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4FRz2U2fbmuuhYVWTxINlW

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/goodfellow-clinics/id990811964?i=1000621194034


- eHealth Talk

In episode 26 Executive Director of the College of Nurses Aotearoa Jenny Carryer and Chair of Nurse Practitioners NZ Sandra Oster discuss the online resources the College has recently developed on preparation and education to become a nurse practitioner.

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/ep-26-becoming-a-nurse-practitioner-new-online-resources/id1562599227?i=1000561510162

Web: https://www.hinz.org.nz/page/PodcastEpisodes



The scope and impact of Nurse Practitioners.

Professor Karen Hoare, Nurse Practitioner, Chelsea Wilmott, Nurse Practitioner, Drs Kathryn Smith and Lucy O'Hagan will bring you a practical discussion that covers the essential steps, support, and benefits of this role and how to support your nursing colleagues.





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