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

OTNZ-WNA news

OTNZ-WNA Conference 2017

Early bird tickets for OTNZ-WNA conference close soon!

Early bird pricing for conference is closing on 31 July! Full abstracts have now been uploaded to the events website along with the programme! Come join us in sunny Nelson, 12-15 September and be a part of this exciting event! More about Early bird tickets for OTNZ-WNA conference close soon! »

OTNZ-WNA Conference 2017

Our third key note speaker for OTNZ- WNA 2017 Conference: Isla Whittington.

We are pleased to introduce our third key note speaker/session. Facilitated by Isla Emery Whittington and hoamahi (colleagues), who are embracing our theme ‘Committing to Social Change.’ This promises to be a thought provoking presentation. More about Our third key note speaker for OTNZ- WNA 2017 Conference: Isla Whittington. »

Member update

June OT Insight

June OT Insight out now!

30/05/2017

In this June OT Insight we look at why biculturalism is a part of occupational therapy practice and also take a look into The Plaster House Tanzania: An occupational therapist in Africa. We hope you enjoy reading it! More about June 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 »

OTNZ-WNA Te Tiriti/Treaty Relationship Governance Model

OTNZ-WNA Te Tiriti/Treaty Relationship Governance Model

In 2015 Occupational Therapy New Zealand whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (OTNZ-WNA) Council commenced modelling a treaty relationship model with council involved in tangata tiriti and tangata whenua houses More about OTNZ-WNA Te Tiriti/Treaty Relationship Governance Model »

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 Akroyd 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
Biculturalism:
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
Integrity:
The quality of being honest and following our principle
Te rangatiratanga o te tika, me te whai ake ra o nga mātāpono
Professionalism:
High standards that characterize behaviour
Ko te taumata i whaia ko te ahua i wawatia
Collaboration:
Work together in mutual effort and partnership towards goals
He ringa raupa, ka eke nga hiahia, ka tutuki nga wawata i tumanakotia
Transparency:
Visibility or accessibility of information
Te kitenga ake, te huarahi hoki, o te mohiotanga