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

OTNZ news

OT Insight March 2015

APOTC2015 programme out now


This four day scientific programme, one day post congress workshops and concurrent trade exhibition is all your professional development in one basket. Download the programme .Remember early bird closes 28 June.

Karen Molyneux OTNZ President with Dawn Mako

Graduate award winners for 2014 announced


2014 OTNZ Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa graduate award winners are: Sophie Lister from AUT University, and Dawn Mako (nee Schwass) from Otago Polytechnic

Member update

Early bird extended


The change to the new website has meant that the membership renewal process has not been easy this year.So that you don't miss out on the early bird period it has been extended to May 14. Read more on member update.

Our stories

OTNZ 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.

Making shopping easy

Introducing Shopmobility™

OTNZ member Shopmobility™ campaign increases independence.

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.

The best-kept secret

Best-kept secret

Jessie Ackroyd tells the Gisborne Herald why she thinks occupational therapy is the best kept secret.

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OTNZ values

Occupational justice:
Fair access to resources to enable occupation
Equality between the tangata whenua (Māori) and the tangata tiriti (non Māori)
The quality of being honest and following our principles
Visibility or accessibility of information
Work together in mutual effort and partnership towards goals
High standards that characterise behaviour