Kia ora koutou ( Greeting everybody)
It’s been a busy time for Occupational Therapists in Aotearoa / New Zealand these past few months.
The biggest highlight by far was the first face to face Member event – The 2023 OTNZ -WNA conference. This was hosted in Dunedin from 20-22 September. The event brought well over 200+ members together in the South Island to celebrate our profession, reconnect and share the ‘aroha’ (love) for our profession. We were especially proud to present the inaugural Peer-awards celebrated peer recognition of excellence and innovative practice.
The event included a pre-conference workshop and keynote lecture from Winnipeg-based Manitoba School of Occupational Therapy international guest speaker Professor Gayle Restall, co-author of the book Promoting occupational Participation: Collaborative relationship-focused occupational therapy adding an international flavor to the proceedings.
The National Hui for Tangata Whenua Kaiwhakaora Nganaghu
The National Hui for Tangata Whenua Kaiwhakaora Nganaghu 2023 was held on 13-14th October. the Tangata Whenua Hui allowed a unique opportunity to build relationships with other kaiwhakaora ngangahau Māori to connect and reflect as kaiwhakaora ngangahau Māori, to share whakaaro and kōrero and ground ourselves in Te Ao Māori, and enhance the following:
- Whanaungatanga (relationship building, kōrero around kaiwhakaora ngangahau Māori practice, mindfulness, and networking)
- Manaakitanga (caring for each other as kaiwhakaora ngangahau Māori and reflecting on practice)
- Tārai te Wā and Kaitiakitanga (long-term thinking and guardianship)
In other news, we are in the process of confirming and welcoming some new members onto the OTNZ Council, which will bring fresh ideas on perspectives into the existing mix. Of note is the welcome to Christine Guttenbeil, who is our new Tangata whenua (Indigenous) WFOT delegate.
OT Week and World Occupational Therapy Day 2023 passed by with celebrations across both the North & South Islands with ‘shout outs’ being shared on our Facebook page search Occupational Therapy New Zealand - Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa
Aotearoa New Zealand are now looking forward to a successful 2024 which will hopefully include:
- participating in the upcoming 2024 WFOT Council meeting starting February 2024
- participating in the APOTC Conference in Japan, November 2024
- Running our New Zealand Clinical Workshops event 2024.