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.


Office Reopened – 6th July 2017

Our office has be reopened and we are back to business as usual.


In Memoriam – Dr Linda Wilson


It is with great sadness that the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand announces the death of Dr Linda Wilson (July 1949 – June 2017).

Linda was passionate about occupational therapy. She had an enchanting quality about her, that when she started speaking you were immediately engaged. She was a leading figure within the profession and held a number of important positions throughout her career. Linda was Head of the School of Occupational Therapy at Otago Polytechnic from 1990 to 2005.

In more recent years she led the review of the competencies and code of ethics for the Board.

Linda was a vibrant and spirited woman who I am sure had an impact on many people’s lives. Remember nobody dies so long as they are remembered. We will remember Linda for a very long time.

Linda’s funeral will be held at 10.00am on Friday 16 June at the Matamata Club, Rawhiti Lounge, Matamata.

The Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand
12th June 2017



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.