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Occupational Therapy takes lead with Treaty Governance Model


Media Release
September 2016

Occupational Therapy takes the lead with Treaty Governance Model.

Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa, are the first allied health association in New Zealand, to authentically and practically practise a commitment to the intentions and spirit of Te Tiriti / the Treaty.

In this year’s September AGM, OTNZ-WNA will officially move into the two house Treaty Relationship Governance Model.

Under this model, Council is made up of two houses, Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti.
The model is about creating a third space that maintains the integrity of both houses.

OTNZ-WNA’s executive director Peter Anderson, says “We are very proud to be leaders in the use of this Treaty Relationship Governance model. It is important to us as an association that we work together by honouring the treaty and demonstrating true partnership and equity”.

“We hope that other organisations will eventually also adopt this model, and be able to provide better outcomes for all New Zealanders”.

The Treaty Relationship Governance model includes:

• Collective decision-making that also encourages diverse views in a supportive environment.


For more information please visit www.otnz.co.nz or contact:


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