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.


Privacy Act Breach by the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand


Between October and December 15, 2015 an occupational therapy practitioner’s privacy was breached by the Board.  The breach happened when our website was under development.  Board minutes naming the practitioner and discussing that practitioner’s sensitive health information were able to be accessed via a Google search.

The Board has apologised to the practitioner who was affected by the breach.  In addition the Board wishes to make it clear that it has full confidence in the practitioner who is still a registered and practising occupational therapist.  The Board would like to ensure that the information that was released is not misinterpreted or misused.  Anyone who viewed the Board minutes during the time they were searchable may contact us.  We are happy to address any queries to the extent that we are able to.

The person to contact in relation to this matter is: Andrew Charnock, CEO and Registrar Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand. or 04 9184745.


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.

To all applicants who require a New Zealand Criminal Convictions History report in support of their registration application, please complete the Third Party Criminal Convictions Request form and send it to the OTBNZ. If you make an application directly to the Ministry of Justice, you may experience significant delays, as the publicly available criminal convictions service has a significant backlog.


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 University of Waikato, Hamilton

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.