Welcome to MNZ

Massage New Zealand (MNZ) is the only massage therapy specific membership body in New Zealand for professional Massage Therapists. Our purpose is to promote massage therapy and the ongoing development of the massage industry in New Zealand through educating the public about the benefits of massage therapy for health and wellness and supporting the public to access high quality massage therapy through our database of MNZ registered Massage Therapists. 

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Awards

Bill Wareham Award

The Bill Wareham Award is presented annually at the MNZ AGM to an MNZ member who has made an out-standing contribution to the massage industry. Bill Wareham started the first massage organisation in New Zealand, the Massage Institute of New Zealand (MINZ) back in 1985 and this award is a recognition of his contribution to massage therapy in New Zealand.

Bill and Winnie Wareham with the Award.

Bill Wareham Award Recipients

2008 Verena Funnell

2009 Frances Halligan

2010 Marianne Macdonald
For services to MNZ as Executive Officer

2011 Roger Gooch
For long service to MNZ as President, and to the massage industry as an educator.

2012 Carol Wilson
For services to MNZ as Editor of the MNZ Magazine, and to the massage community through teaching.

2013 Pip Charlton
Pip was nominated for her longstanding service to massage students, training and supporting MNZ by serving on the Executive Committee and providing numerous articles for the MNZ magazine.

2014 Stephen Burden
Presented for long service on the MNZ Exec – 6 years as Education Officer

2015 Barry Vautier
Presented for his longstanding service to MNZ on the Executive Committee and in non-Executive positions, and for his service to massage education.

2016 Dr Jo Smith
Presented to Jo for her outstanding service to the massage profession through teaching, research, and promoting evidence-based massage therapy, and her contributions made on the MNZ Executive Committee.

2017 Iselde de Boam
Presented for her ongoing and consistent support to massage and MNZ as the Lower North Island Representative and Allied Health Rep.

How to nominate someone for the Bill Wareham Award

To nominate an individual for the Bill Wareham Award download and complete the Bill Wareham Award Nomination Form complete and send to the Executive Administrator by the required date as shown on the form.

Bill Wareham Award Nomination Form


Life Membership Award

Massage New Zealand may award Life Membership to a current MNZ member who, in the opinion of the organisation has made an exceptional contribution to Massage New Zealand and/or the field of therapeutic massage. Life membership is an honour bestowed by the organisation, therefore as such, it is limited to 12 life members at any one time. To be eligible for Life Membership, a person must have held Massage New Zealand membership for at least five years prior to the nomination. The Life Membership Award is voted on and presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Life Membership Award Recipients

Previously NZATMP/TMANZ Life Members

Wayne Hackett

Jim Sandford

Shay Penman

Previously MINZI Life Members

Terry Hamilton - Deceased 2011

Louis Kuys - Deceased 2013

Nick Tall

George Thomas - Deceased 2015

Winnie Wareham - Deceased 2013

Bill Wareham - Deceased 2014

Gail Wolf

Jim Zohs

MNZ Life Members

2010 Frances Halligan

2014 Pip Charlton and Roger Gooch

2016 Barry Vautier and Yoka Hermanides

2017 Reina Reilly

How to nominate someone for a Life Membership Award

Life members must be nominated for such status by two current financial members of MNZ. The nomination must include details about why the person has been nominated The nominated member must provide a written citation detailing the positions they have held and achievements they have accomplished that have contributed to the work of MNZ and the field of massage therapy. This citation must be included with this nomination form. To be passed, the nomination must be endorsed by a majority vote of 75% of those present at an AGM.

To request a Life Membership nomination form, please contact the Executive Administrator: admin@massagenewzealand.org.nz


Top Student Award

Massage New Zealand offers a Top Student Award annually. The award gives the recipient one complimentary annual MNZ membership. Awards are given through colleges that are Affiliate members of MNZ (an affiliate college is one that has paid the annual Massage New Zealand Affiliate membership fee). Each college selects their own top student to be the recipient of the award that year. The award is presented to the student at the college’s graduation ceremony or prize giving by a representative of MNZ.

Top Student Award Recipients

Year

Educational Institution

Student Name

2009

Eastern Institute of Technology

Amy Couper

2010

Eastern Institute of Technology

Amanda Peterson

Southern Institute of Technology

Tracey Senior

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Lindsey Warwick

2011

Eastern Institute of Technology

Maree Braddock

New Zealand College of Massage

Rebecca Reedy

Southern Institute of Technology

Name not available

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Amber McIntosh-Dona

2012

Aoraki Polytechnic

Deirdre Dobson-Le

Eastern Institute of Technology

Jessica Fibbes

New Zealand College of Massage

Veronica Taikato

Southern Institute of Technology

Emma Crosswell

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Kim McKay

2013

Aoraki Polytechnic

Sonja Smart

Eastern Institute of Technology

Cheryl Clark

Southern Institute of Technology

Chelsie Dimmock

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Carol Ann Rose

2014

Aoraki Polytechnic

Vicki Keene

Eastern Institute of Technology

Christine Tantrum

Southern Institute of Technology

Philip O’Kane

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Rachel Louise Rothman

2015

Eastern Institute of Technology

Melissa Whitefield

Southern Institute of Technology

Sarah Carter


Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
2016
Eastern Institute of Technology
Nicola Wright

Southern Institute of Technology Georgia Hollebon

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Ardeena Scott

How to nominate someone for the Top Student Award

Affiliate education providers can arrange a Top Student Award certificate for their top student for the year by contacting the Executive Administrator:

admin@massagenewzealand.org.nz

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