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

Yeasir Arafat Alve

Meet Yeasir Arafat Alve


“Attending any international conference is like a dream for me. I look forward to your help.” Md. Yeasir Arafat Alve believes APOTC 2015 will be very useful for occupational therapists to share and learn, increasing their occupational therapy knowledge.

APOTC 2015 early bird extended


Will you be one of over 600 delegates to make early bird savings?
If you need more time to register for APOTC, then you can be.
Early bird is extended until July 19.

Member update

Survey on ACC Housing Modifications Service


ACC is asking occupational therapists in housing needs assessment for their opinions about ACC's home modifications service. The online survey closes 22 June.

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.

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.

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