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 Honorary Life Member: Dr Linda Wilson

12/06/2017

It is with great sadness that the Occupational Therapy Association of New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa announces the death of Honorary Life Member Dr Linda Wilson (July 1949 – June 2017) following a period of illness. More about OTNZ- WNA Honorary Life Member: Dr Linda Wilson »

Early Bird Membership Closing Soon!

12/06/2017

Dont miss out on the early bird pricing for your OTNZ-WNA membership renewal! Early Bird pricing closes 30 June 2017! Full price invoices will be sent out 3 July 2017! Contact the office for a new invoice or if you have any questions or problems. More about Early Bird Membership Closing Soon! »

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 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
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