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


World Occupational Therapy Day - 27th October 2017


Don’t forget to promote and celebrate WFOT World Occupational Therapy Day during Occupational Therapy week. This year it falls on Friday, 27th October and the theme is Inform, Inspire, Influence. More about World Occupational Therapy Day - 27th October 2017 »

Occupational Therapy Week 2017



We have had such an overwhelming response for Occupational Therapy Week 2017 packs that our stock is all depleted! However, you can still download the toolkit, bunting and posters from here and also go into the draw to win great prizes when you enter our competition. 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

October OT Insight

October OT Insight out now!

In this October OT Insight we look at Private Practice: The right choice for you? and The Hobb-OT: An unexpected journey to New Zealand. Happy reading! More about October 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