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 Conference 2017

The countdown to Conference is on!

There is just over a month to go until the 2017 OTNZ-WNA Conference! 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 The countdown to Conference is on! »

Occupational Therapy Week 2017



We are proud to announce that Te Wiki o Te Whakaora Ngangahau 2017 (Occupational Therapy Week 2017) is shining a light on Te Tika i te Wāhi Mahi (Occupational Justice) and Te Panonitanga Pāpori (Social Change). #SocialChange #OccupationalJustice More about OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY WEEK 2017 IS COMING! »

Member update

August OT Insight

August OT Insight out now!

In this August OT Insight we look at Occupational Justice and Social Change. This edition also has our Annual Report and AGM information. Happy reading! More about August 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
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