Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Who’s on the board

Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Erica HodgsonChairperson

Erica is a practitioner based in Auckland with more than 15 years experience working in mental health and addictions

Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Cassandra HopkinsDeputy Chair

Cassandra is a practitioner based in Hamilton and is the Founder and Director of Focus Potential, a private assessment and rehabilitation company.

Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Roxanne WaruBoard Member

Ngāti Kahungunu Ki Wairoa, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Rongomaiwāhine , Ngāti Porou me te Whānau a Apanui e mihi ana ki a koutou katoa. Occupational Therapist living in the Manawatū region

Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Mary ButlerBoard member

Mary is a professor of Occupational Therapy in the College of Health at Otago Polytechnic. She has over 30 years’ experience as an occupational therapist and is an accomplished researcher

Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Steven O’ConnorBoard Member

Steven is a minister and a student. He is from Dunedin and brings to the board experience in the community development sector and in the governance of NGO mental health providers.

Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Ben Te MaroBoard Member

Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Māhaki. Ben is a practitioner based in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) with 14 years experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Tagaloa Taima FagaloaBoard Member

Tagaloa manages the Central (Wellington) and Southern (Canterbury) regions for Vaka Tautua. She is of Samoan descent. Her village affiliation is Salelavalu, Savaii and Malaemalu Falealili, Samoa.

Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Iris PahauTikanga Advisor

Iris Pahau is the Board's Tikanga Advisor. She provides cultural advice to the Board and its staff. Practitioners can make contact with the advisor through the Board's Professional Advisor, Mary Silcock, on 04 9184747 or email Mary@otboard.org.nz.

The Board is made up of practitioners and lay persons. They are appointed in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. If you would like to contact a Board member please email them at enquiries@otboard.org.nz.

Current board remuneration rates may be seen here

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