Occupational Therapy New Zealand
Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa

Occupation and health

Occupation is all the things you do: Self-care, looking after others, leisure, work.  Occupation and health are linked. An occupational therapist is a registered health provider who uses the theory of occupation to improve well-being and quality of life. Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa is the national association representing occupational therapy professionals in Aotearoa New Zealand. Welcome to our website.

National Office

Level 3
93 Boulcott Street
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

T: +64 4 473 6510
F: +64 4 473 6513
E: otnz@otnz.co.nz


Special Announcement


All Full, Proportional, Minor Proportional, First Professional Year, Retired, Student, Honorary Life, Voting Life and Life members are now registered World Federation Occupational Therapy (WFOT) members. Look out for an important email from OTNZ-WNA containing your membership organisation number which you need in order to register on the WFOT website. More about Special Announcement »



Committing to Social change nga tahitanga o te tangata, ko te kii tuhono mo ake tonu 13 - 15 September 2017, Nelson. We warmly invite you to submit an abstracts by 21 April 2017. Early submission is encouraged. For further information re submission types, guidelines and tips visit otnzwnaevents.co.nz or contact Lu@cmnzl.co.nz, or contact the office office@otnz.co.nz  More about OTNZ-WNA CONFERENCE 2017 »

Member update

February OT Insight

February OT Insight out now!


Please enjoy the February edition of OT Insight. This edition looks at social recovery in mental health through biking and our 2016 OTNZ-WNA Achievement award winner! More about February OT Insight out now! »

Our stories

OTNZ-WNA member, Faye Lloyd, (standing) Day stay coordinator for Aroahanui Hospice,  Palmerston North

Palliative care

Faye works with teenagers through to the older person with a wide range of life limiting diagnoses. More about Palliative care »

Margo Forest (L) and Diane Henare of Whakamana Hauora (promoting wellbeing).

Living with chronic conditions

You are not alone with your condition - there are others out there who are managing. More about Living with chronic conditions »

The best-kept secret

Best-kept secret

Jessie Ackroyd tells the Gisborne Herald why she thinks occupational therapy is the best kept secret. More about Best-kept secret »

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Underpinning values

The values that underpin OTNZ-WNA are:

Occupational justice:
Fair access to resources to enable occupation
He huarahi ki nga taonga tukuiho he pumautanga o te mahi
Equity between the tangata whenua (Maori) and the tangata tiriti (non Maori)
Te nohoanga nga tahitanga o te tangata, ko te kii tuhono mo ake tonu
The quality of being honest and following our principle
Te rangatiratanga o te tika, me te whai ake ra o nga mātāpono
High standards that characterize behaviour
Ko te taumata i whaia ko te ahua i wawatia
Work together in mutual effort and partnership towards goals
He ringa raupa, ka eke nga hiahia, ka tutuki nga wawata i tumanakotia
Visibility or accessibility of information
Te kitenga ake, te huarahi hoki, o te mohiotanga