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.


APC Renewal Period Has Closed

Thank you to those of you have renewed your practising certificate for the 2017/18 practising year. Please make sure you check your myOTBNZ account to ensure that your practising certificate has been approved.

For those that have not renewed their practising certificate, but wish to continue working, please apply for a 2017/18 practising certificate as soon as possible.

Please note it is illegal to practice without a practising certificate under section 8 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.


If you have any issues making an online application, please refer our Renewal information on the front page of our website  or the myOTBNZ user guide which contains step by step instructions.

If you know you have sent all the required information and fee for your annual practising certificate, but your myOTBNZ account does not show you have a 2017/18 practising certificate, please urgently contact the registration team on 04 918 4740.

Clarification on requests for information under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014

The Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand (OTBNZ) has started to receive requests from employers, for information about practitioners, or potential employees. The requests relate to the requirements of the Vulnerable Children (Requirements for Safety Checks of Children’s Workers) Regulations 2015. These requests ask the OTBNZ to comment on any information it may hold about practitioners, in relation to risk of harm.

The OTBNZ will manage the requests as follows:

  1. If an employer can confirm that an individual is currently licensed or registered with the Board, then this meets the requirements1.
  2. Our Public Register provides the necessary information needed to satisfy whoever is making the request.

Please note, the OTBNZ does not require police checks at three yearly intervals2, although the Board does ask practitioners to declare any criminal convictions or involvement in disciplinary proceedings during the annual re-licensing period.

It is hoped that this clarifies the OTBNZ’s role in respect of the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act.


  1. regulations 8 & 13
  2. regulation 6

Vulnerable Children Act 2014


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

Sally Wenley

Layperson from Auckland

Erica Hodgson

Occupational Therapist from Auckland

Kaye Cheetham

Occupational Therapist from Dunedin

Cassandra Hopkins

Occupational Therapist from Hamilton

Rack and Iris PahauRack and Iris Pahau are the Boards Tikanga Advisors, they provide cultural advice to the Board and its staff.

Practitioners can make contact with the advisors through the Boards Professional Advisor, Juanita Murphy, on 04 9184747 or email

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.