The Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand (OTBNZ) is a health regulatory authority. We ensure the safety of consumers using occupational therapy services. We do this by making sure all occupational therapists meet the specifications of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.


Call for Expressions of Interest from the Occupational Therapy Board

The Occupational Therapy Board is making contact with all practitioners to ask for Expressions of Interest in the following areas:

  1. Research into the Board’s supervision requirements.
  2. Client experience of Occupational Therapy Services
  3. Exemplars for each of the five competencies for registration and continuing practice.

Responses to the above call for EOI must be made in writing, and respond to the terms of reference identified by 31 May 2016. There is no cut off date for exemplars.

To learn more, please see our information document: Call for Expressions of Interest from the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand. (Docx, 25kb, 8 pages)

Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal

On 11 December 2015 the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal considered a charge laid by a Professional Conduct Committee against Mr Christopher Harris, Occupational Therapist of Nelson (the Therapist).

The charge alleged that the Therapist practised from 01 April 2014 to 28 November 2014 without a current annual practising certificate.

The hearing proceeded on an agreed summary of facts basis. The Tribunal was satisfied that the charge was established.

The Tribunal censured the Therapist and Tribunal declined to order costs because of the circumstances of this particular case.

A full copy of the Tribunal’s decision can be found on the Tribunal’s website:

New graduate registration

If you’re a new graduate Congratulations on your new qualifications. The process to become registered with the Board can be found on are I am studying to be an Occupational Therapist in the How to Become Registered section.

For non-new graduate applicants awaiting registration and practitioners already registered with us who are awaiting information and decisions from us please note we may require additional time to get back to you during this busy time of year.  Your request is important to us and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Should you have questions or concerns please contact us.


If you would like to know if an occupational therapist  is registered please search our register

Colleen NaughtonChairperson

Occupational Therapist at Hawkes Bay District Health Board

Robert MolyneuxDeputy Chairperson

Occupational Therapist from Counties Manukau

Jane Hopkirk

Occupational Therapist from Wellington

Rangimahora Reddy

Layperson from Hamilton

Mary Silcock

Occuaptional Therapist at Auckland District Health Board

Sally Wenley

Layperson from Auckland

Erica Hodgson

Occupational Therapist from Auckland

Kaye Cheetham

Occupational Therapist from Dunedin

The Board is appointed in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.
If you would like to contact a Board member please email them at

The main things we’re responsible for are:

  • setting qualifications needed for becoming an occupational therapist
  • setting standards for the clinical competence, cultural competence, and ethical conduct of occupational therapists
  • registering occupational therapists, and recertifying them each year
  • reviewing and ensuring the competence of occupational therapists.

More detail on what we’re responsible for is listed in section 118 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.