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.

Headline News: What’s Happening in the Office

The registration team is working to register new 2015 graduates of occupational therapy programmes from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the Otago Polytechnic School of Occupational Therapy. We are ensuring they are fit and competent to practice before issuing their registration and an annual practicing certificate.

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.

Holiday Hours

Our offices will  close at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 for the holiday period. We will reopen on Tuesday, 5 January 2016. 

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

Jane HopkirkChairperson

Occupational Therapist from Wellington

Colleen NaughtonDeputy Chair

Occupational Therapist at Hawkes Bay District Health Board

Rangimahora Reddy

Layperson from Hamilton

Mary Silcock

Occuaptional Therapist at Auckland District Health Board

Robert Molyneux

Occupational Therapist from the Waikato

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.