Health Workforce provides funding to support registrars on the training programme. It covers some, but not all training programme costs. It does not automatically cover the College membership/programme administration fee.

To be eligible for funds you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Registered to practise medicine in NZ
  • A citizen or permanent resident (note PRV is required) of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Approved for funding by RNZCUC
  • Active on the training programme
  • Your training programme start date is no more than six years ago.

Those who do not meet these criteria may be able to apply for an exemption.

Requesting an exemption

You may request ann exemption from tthe criteria listed above. Requests are sent to the general manager ( Subject to approval from the GM, RNZUC may allow funding for short courses or training events during the period that a registrar has paused their training, typically if that pause is for less than six months. RNZCUC may reimburse the costs of university papers completed while paused, typically if the paper is started while active on the training programme and the pause is for less than six months.  Finaly approval for any reimbursements is required, and occur when the registrar is active on the training programme (or has recently completed the exit interview), has good progress, and is compliant with annual requirements.

Exemption request due to residency

An exemption to the residency criterion is the most likely exemption asked for. We submit your request to health workforce for approval.  In the past, HWNZ has agreed to exemptions where:

  • there is a demonstrable commitment to remaining in New Zealand,
  • the candidate concerned is to practise in a geographical area where there is a high need for the development of urgent care services, and
  • allowing the exemption will not require additional funding or divert funding from other suitable eligible candidates.

Please send your request for an exemption from the health workforce residency criterion, along with the following information, to the GM (

  • MCNZ number and name
  • Applicable circumstances
    • Time already spent in NZ
    • Current residency status
    • Intended date of the application (or receipt) for permanent residency (if applying for one).  This does not necessarily apply to Australian citizens
    • other information in this category that may help your application.
  • Evidence of commitment to remaining in New Zealand, eg
    • Work contract
    • Purchasing a property
    • Spouse or intended spouse is a NZ citizen or permanent resident
    • other information in this category that may help your application.
  • If Australian citizen
    • Information on schooling and medical training (if in NZ state where).
  • Evidence of commitment to urgent care and the community
    • Proposed career path, intentions for future work (clinics to be worked at)
    • Where you intend to work with additional information if this is a high needs area
    • other information in this category that may help your application.