Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand (Nelson Marlborough) formerly NMDHB

Casual position working as required to meet service needs

Location: Wairau Hospital, Blenheim

  • Flexible opportunity for an experienced speech-language therapist
  • Work may include inpatients, outpatients and community patients (adult caseload)

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

This is a casual position to provide cover for periodic staff leave at Wairau Hospital. The work will be with adult patients (acute and rehab), and will involve dysphagia and communication assessments and intervention. You will need to be able to work independently as you may sometimes be the only SLT on duty at the site.

The SLT team is a small team of primarily part-time employees. There are frequently days when only one SLT is rostered on at a site.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

We are seeking applicants who have:

  • a relevant qualification in speech-language therapy that is recognised and approved by the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association (NZSTA)
  • registered member with the NZSTA
  • a current full driver's licence
  • a minimum of three years' experience in the hospital setting is preferred.

Te Whatu Ora staff must have completed their primary course of two NZ approved Covid-19 vaccinations as they have direct contact with patients and members of the public.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) is the main health provider for Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough's largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)

This casual position offers you flexibility and a great opportunity to work in a range of settings, while enjoying your free time in our wonderful region, surrounded by national parks, sunshine and beaches.

Situated at the top of the South Island, Blenheim is well known for its temperate climate, award winning wineries, stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits - all available within minutes of the town centre. For more information on the Marlborough region visit

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For role-specific information please contact Michele Cunningham, Team Leader - Speech Language Therapy, via: 027 404 7541, or email at

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274.

Apply now, it's easy. Please fill in our online application form.


Applications close: Open until filled (applications will be reviewed as they are received).

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.


Te Whatu Ora Nelson Marlborough

Contact Name

Michele Cunningham - Team Leader - Speech Language Therapy

Contact Details

027 404 7541, or email at