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: nzaot@nzaot.com


OT Week 2015 promotional poster

Celebrating Occupational Therapy Week 2015


This OT Week we are 'Lifting the profile of occupational therapy'. See our OT Week Toolkit and resources for inspiration on how to make this year's OT Week your best yet! More about Celebrating Occupational Therapy Week 2015 »

Treaty relationship model of governance


In 2015 council commenced modelling a treaty relationship model with council involved in tangata tiriti and tangata whenua houses. More about Treaty relationship model of governance »

Member update

Treaty relationship governance model

Treaty relationship governance model


In 2015 council commenced modelling a two-house treaty relationship governance model. More about Treaty relationship governance model »

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 »

Ramps and also note the weighted input our other lad is getting from carrying his board

An everyday OT

Carolyn Lotawa’s business, Everyday OT, offers occupational therapy using skateboards as a therapeutic tool. More about An everyday OT »

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