Health Workforce New Zealand Funding

HWNZ funding for postgraduate nursing study is to support workforce development based on population needs.

The broad vision for the HWNZ postgraduate nursing training is:
“Working in partnership with key stakeholders to deliver a transparent and consistent model of funding for postgraduate nursing training that will enable nurses to improve health outcomes and disparities of New Zealanders.“

Process for submission:

  • Identify your pathway of study
  • Discuss your pathway with your Manager at your performance review
  • Application closing date is always on website.
Applications for the 2016 application round close on the 2 October 2015.

Please do not complete a tertiary study leave form until after the Academic Expo being held in the Bryant Education Centre on the 25 August 2015. We are hoping to change to an electronic form and this decision will be made just prior to the expo. If you want to get the process started you can complete a career plan as this will still be required regardless.


  1. Writing Workshops: these are run each semester prior to the start of the new term. Watch the website for dates.

  2. Mentoring: offered by PDU. If you are experiencing some challenges with your assignments please make contact with me and I will arrange for someone to work with you.
    Denise Irvine: 021 795 063 

  3. Withdrawal Process: The student who wishes to withdraw must speak to their manager and also the nurse coordinator – postgraduate about difficulties which are being experienced. This may mean more support can be put around the student which will assist and lead to success in the paper. If this is not successful please email both manager and nurse coordinator - postgraduate to inform them.

  4. The RNs withdrawing need to understand that id they withdraw without extenuating circumstances this will impact on their receiving future funding and in some situations they may be asked to reimburse the DHB. It also reflects badly on the DHB and can have a detrimental effect on the HWNZ contract.