Taranaki Base Hospital has welcomed 12 junior doctors to the team, the highest intake in recent years.
Dr Ruth Anderson from Health Workforce New Zealand said the spike in numbers has been mirrored around the country.
"The number of New Zealand citizens and permanent residents graduating from New Zealand medical schools has increased following improved retention, reduced overseas locum positions and an increase in the number of medical student places progressively available from 2008," she said.
The New Plymouth hospital received 168 applications for the year-long intern programme, and 12 were selected.
The qualified doctors have completed six years of study at the University of Auckland or University of Otago and will work under close supervision within the medical and surgery areas of the hospital.
One of the new arrivals, Sam Bush, from Gisborne, said he applied for a place on the programme because he was attracted to the region.
"I applied because of the great outdoor lifestyle, and it's somewhere I've never lived," he said.
"I'd heard great things about Taranaki. I don't regret it."
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