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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Organisational structure & staff

As a professional membership organisation representing professional massage therapists from all over New Zealand, Massage New Zealand Incorporated (MNZ) is governed by an Executive Committee made up of members that represent the variety of professional backgrounds that MNZ members come from.

The Executive Committee is responsible for carrying out all matters related to the objectives of the association as set out in the Constitution, setting the strategic direction of the organisation and ensuring that the business and affairs of MNZ are well managed and consistent with the Constitution and Rules of the association. The committee consists of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Education, Publicity and Research Officers, and a Regional Liaison Coordinator. Executive positions are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and positions are held for a period of two years. Each Executive Committee member has a specific portfolio of responsibility. In addition to executive positions, there are a number of non-executive positions and sub-committees. The non-executive regional coordinator positions are also elected at the AGM and are held for one year. Sub-committee, Iwi Liaison and NZQA Liaison and Magazine Editor positions are non-elected voluntary roles.

MNZ also has two paid part-time administration staff who carry out the administrative support functions for the organisation. The Executive Administrator who reports directly to the Executive Committee, carrying higher level administrative functions and supporting the Executive in their work, and a Membership Secretary/General Administrator who deals with membership, advertising and general administration.


Organisational structure

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Organisational Structure


Executive Committee

President - Teresa Karam

As massage therapy gains more and more popularity, it's crucial that we continue to build momentum through growing our membership and aim for recognition from Government Health Departments and ACC.
  • Diploma in Remedial and Sports Massage (UK)
  • Diploma in Swedish/Holistic Massage (UK)
  • Diploma in Aromatherapy (NZ)
I completed my massage studies in 2007 whilst living and working in the UK and have attended numerous workshops over the years. I was working as a therapist in the UK and upon returning to New Zealand in 2009 set up my own clinic in Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, treating clients from all walks of life. I specialise in remedial massage that focuses on tailoring treatments specifically to the client. I also have a particular interest in sports massage and have worked on some of New Zealand's national teams.

I originally registered with MNZ at RMT level in 2009 and after a brief lapse in membership I rejoined and have not looked back. Being part of a regulatory body adds professionalism, credibility and aids in your own development as a therapist. MNZ has come a long way thanks to the amazing dedication of previous committee members. I therefore felt compelled to be a part of the organisation that supports the industry I work in and am so passionate about.

Teresa was co-opted to the position of Vice-President at the December 2016 Executive Committee Meeting and at the September 2018 AGM Teresa was co-opted to the position of President.

Email: President

Vice-President - Clint Knox


I will be supporting the MNZ executive committee and membership with their collective views on what may be the best direction for massage as a profession and promoting a greater understanding of the benefits for massage therapy in the public arena.
  • Diploma of Body Therapies (Sports)
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Massage
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology)

2000 was the inaugural training year in Wellington for New Zealand College of massage and my Diploma level training. Prior to massage my experiences varied, beginning as a farm boy, actively running, mechanical engineering, motorcycle mechanic and long-haul truck driving. Motorcycling years saw the fracture of a femur and a journey in figuring out how to help myself, which then became about helping others.

Sporting interests led my massage career in the direction of assisting athletes and working in multidisciplinary clinics from the very beginning. To date I have been fortunate to have contributed to four Commonwealth Games teams and four Olympic Games teams, including attendance at 2006 Melbourne, 2014 Glasgow, 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and 2012 London, 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

I have been actively involved with New Zealand Academy of Sport (NZAS) athletes since 2003 and currently with High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) since the merge from NZAS to HPSNZ. Exposure to the HPSNZ environment has evolved my practice methods greatly, due to required integration and collaboration within a large interdisciplinary team.

Clint was elected as Vice-President at the September 2018 AGM.

Email: Vice-president

Treasurer - Helen Smith

I see membership of MNZ as giving me a sense of professionalism. I feel it offers protection to its members and their clients by having clearly laid out standards of practice and good procedures. As a sole practitioner I feel I'm not really alone, but part of a community.
  • Diploma Body Therapies
  • Diploma Therapeutic Massage
I graduated from The NZ College of Massage (Wellington) in 2001 - their inaugural year. Since then I have done numerous workshops, mostly at massage conferences and have specialised in upper body conditions related to sedentary roles - e.g. frozen shoulder. From 2004, I have been working 3 days a week at Victoria University, loosely attached to the Health and Safety Department. Victoria University insisted that I was a member of a professional body. My interests are yoga, walking and reading.

I joined first TMA then stayed with MNZ after the merger. When I was at the College it was expected that students would join after graduating. For me, it was part of becoming a professional massage therapist. Being a member offers protection to both clients and myself, with its clearly spelt out scope of practice, code of ethics and complaints procedure. I feel it is time to give something back to the organisation. I was voted onto the Executive Committee as Vice President at the AGM held in August 2016.

Helen was co-opted from the position of Vice President to President at the December 2016 Executive Committee meeting.

Helen was co-opted to Treasurer at the September 2018 AGM.

Email: Treasurer

Publicity Officer - Vacant

Education Officer - Rosie Greene


I have always firmly believed that it is essential to maintain high professional standards across the (massage) industry.
  • Dip Therapeutic Massage (Dist)
  • Certified Instructor VM1
  • Teaching assistant - VM1-6. LT1, NM1-3

Rosie Greene has been in private practice as a Remedial Massage Therapist in New Zealand since 2002. Her training was undertaken at the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine where she qualified with Distinction. She has continued her clinical education through courses in gentle hands-on approaches, offered through the Barral and Upledger Institutes in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. Her broad training includes studies in visceral, vascular and neural manipulation and craniosacral therapy. She has been a passionate practitioner of Visceral Manipulation since 2008, studying extensively in Australia and USA at courses held by the Barral Institute. Since August 2010 she has been a teaching assistant at courses teaching the Visceral Manipulation curriculum and has run study groups in New Zealand and Australia. In 2015 she became a Certified Visceral Manipulation 1 Barral Institute Instructor for the Barral Institute, and now teaches internationally. Prior to becoming a massage therapist she trained as a primary school teacher in Zimbabwe where she grew up.

Rosie has recently become a MNZ member. She volunteered to become a member of the Executive Committee when the call for new members was made in October 2016. So much dedication and hard work has gone into Massage New Zealand by many previous committee members, she felt it was time for her to step up and continue the work. She believes that Massage Therapy is a wonderful platform from which to grow as a therapist.

Rosie was co-opted to the position of Education Officer at the December 2016 Executive Committee meeting.

Email: Education Officer

Research Officer - Felicity Molloy


My aim is to share rich forms of critical enquiry that extend our perceptions of the body in various stages of life with evidence-informed practice. I look forward to reaching out to massage practitioners and prompting diverse approaches to increasing the benefits of knowing about research in professional practice.

  • PhD AERA Qualitative Research SIG 2018 outstanding award for a doctoral dissertation
  • MEd GDHE
  • Senior Level 3 Teacher Yoga Australia/NZ
  • Dip. Remedial Massage, Dance Victorian College of Arts

Felicity was elected onto the MNZ Executive Committee as Research Officer at the September 2018 AGM. She brings more than 25 years of clinical massage, education and research experience. Felicity was drawn to the enquiry of human movement as a communicative form through somatics and contemporary dance. She completed her Diploma in Remedial Therapy at Wellpark College (1995) and worked at the Westmere clinic (BodyStill) since 2000.

With tertiary qualifications in education, Felicity helped develop Relaxation Massage and Applied Anatomy courses in the early days of NZQA. Also, then undergraduate dance degrees at Unitec (BPASA), the University of Auckland and AUT. In 2014, Felicity became the Wellpark College Programme Leader for Massage and Yoga, and Education Advisor teaching Naturopathy and Nutrition students research methods and critical thinking. In order to maintain 'practice' as the source of knowing the body, Felicity maintains a long-term yoga practice with Senior Iyengar teacher, Peter Thompson.

Email: Research Officer

Regional Liaison Coordinator - Tania Kahika-Foote


I am passionate about our massage industry in NZ, and sharing this passion with the public. Especially when it comes to maintaining a high level of professionalism, knowledge and skill. Which is why I believe strongly in MNZ.

I completed my massage studies in 2005 at NZCM, Auckland. I loved my new found Soft Tissue Therapy industry, but, also still loved my current occupation as a Functions & Event Manager. I decided to challenge myself with a move to Wellington (where I knew absolutely no-one) and see if I could build some type of client base within 3 months. If I succeeded then this is the career path I would choose. Well within one month I was fully booked and had a waiting list...and loved it!

And so my Massage career began.

A contract with a sports team enticed me back to Auckland along with the offer to work within the Healthzone at the Millenium Institute of Sport and Health. The years I spent there were incredible valuable and cemented my love for massage. My main focus over these years was working with elite athletes across various sporting codes, with the odd pre or post surgery client thrown in. Then in 2014 I decided to make the move to the beautiful winterless North. I now co-own a successful Functional Movement Gym & Wellness Studio in Whangarei, and my clients now resemble more pre and post surgery with the odd weekend warrior athlete thrown in.

I have been a member of MNZ since the beginning and before that TMA. This year I decided that it was time to put my hand up and give back to the NZ Massage industry and MNZ. I am thrilled to be able to assist MNZ and the Executive Committee to continue building the foundations that have been cemented by previous members.

Email: Regional Liaison Coordinator


Sub Committees

Education Sub Commitee - Pip Charlton, Bridie Munro, Roger Gooch, Sheryl-lee Judd, Dawn Burke



Publicity Sub Committee - Rachel Dickinson, Nikky Wright, Tess Peek


Research Sub Committee - Joanna Tennent, Deborah Harris, Rachel Ah-Kit




Non Executive Posts

Magazine Co-Editor - Carol Wilson

Carol Wilson
To be able to be creative and yet at the same time provide a service for the association, is rewarding.
  • Dip. Radiation Therapy
  • Dip. Therapeutic Massage
  • Dip. Adult Teaching

I originally studied massage while working as a Radiation Therapist in the UK, returning to New Zealand to join the very original NZATMP in 1989. The organisation was appealing then as it was setting the groundwork for a strong focus on theoretical and practical massage knowledge. Within this organisation I was involved in many roles including: Education Committee member, Regional Representative, Conference organising committees. With long-time colleague and friend Joanna Tennent and a strong forward thinking team, we sunk our teeth into conferences that moved massage to new heights: cadaver workshops in 2001 and a breakfast online video link with Robert Schleip live in 2007 were the highlights. During this time, mentor Sue MacVicar and I set up the Massage Therapy Training School in Wellington. At that time in the mid 90's our aim was to lift the professional level of massage and ensure therapists had attained a measurable level of training. All the while also setting up three busy clinics in Wellington and employing therapists we were training.

So, as a long standing member now of MNZ and having seen the growth and professionalism of the organisation shape massage in New Zealand, the Editor role became available in 2011. As an NZCM tutor since 2001 with links and connections to worldwide massage thinking and concepts, it was a chance to try something new. The backing and support of the MNZ President, Executive and Administrator is crucial to producing an exciting magazine quarterly. The magazine is continually improving, especially with a design professional who understands our requirements.

Email: Magazine Editor

Magazine Co-Editor - Odette Wood


  • Dip. HSc (Massage & Sports Therapy)
  • Dip. HSc (Therapeutic Massage)
  • Cert. Relaxation Massage
I studied massage therapy at the New Zealand College of Massage in Wellington 2013-2014 after working in the primary health and community sectors for many years. An organisational restructure in 2012 gave me the opportunity to rethink about where I wanted to go career-wise. I'd received a lot of massage over the years and I knew it was a really beneficial treatment so I decided to do a weekend introductory massage course to find out more. I really enjoyed the course and from there decided to enrol in a 6 month Certificate in Relaxation Massage, and when that wasn't enough I went on to complete my diplomas. I started my own business - Equilibrium Massage Therapy - in Wellington at the end of 2014 after finishing my fulltime studies.

Right from the start of my training, I knew that belonging to an association of massage therapists was important for me professionally as well as for the industry. Having previously worked with GPs, nurses and midwives who all belonged to professional bodies that were strong, I knew the power that such bodies had through numbers, and what it means for legitimisation of our sector. I joined MNZ as a student in 2013 and have been a member since. I contributed the odd article to MNZ Magazine and in 2016 I did a stint as MNZ Executive Administrator for 15 months. During my time in this role I was able to use my previous operations and project management skills and experience to help MNZ increase its public profile through a major website rebuild, improve brand image, increase the range of member benefits and boost membership numbers. My own business continued to grow and time commitments to it meant that I could no longer juggle my growing business with a growing EA role. I resigned at the beginning of 2017 but continued to proof-read MNZ Magazine for Editor Carol Wilson. Then at the 2017 AGM, I was persuaded to take on the role of Co-editor, sharing the magazine workload with Carol. I enjoy this volunteer involvement. I get to develop networks with massage therapy and other allied health professionals, educators and writers all around the world, bring exciting new ideas and information to our members to challenge and expand thinking, and work with someone equally passionate about sharing knowledge.

Odette was appointed to the position of Magazine Co-editor at the 2017 AGM.

Email: Co-editor

Iwi Liaison - Stanley Williams


I look forward to providing advice and direction relating to all things Māori in the areas of hauora - health, tikanga - protocols and practices, and Te Reo - language.
  • Bachelor Therapeutic & Sports Massage (Graduating 2018)
  • NZ Dip. Remedial Massage
  • NZ Dip. Wellness & Relaxation Massage
  • Certificate Massage Modalities
Whānau a Kai, Te Aitanga a Mahāki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou.

I am a proud 5th generation descendent of Wi Pere - great chief of the East Coast iwi Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga a Mahaki. I spent my childhood growing up in Tūranganui ā Kiwa - Gisborne, and over 10 years living and working in Auckland. I have worked in HR as a Recruitment Consultant in Central Auckland, and Real Estate in Remuera and Ponsonby, and more recently owned a café back home in Gisborne.

Caring for my grandmother until her passing in 2015, I have seen first-hand how chronic pain can suck the life out of people. Helping her has given me a passion, an ambition and a drive to learn more about how the human body works, how it repairs, how we move and how massage therapy can significantly influence these processes.

In 2014 I graduated with a Certificate in Massage Modalities from Lotus Holistic Centre and I am now studying towards a Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage at Invercargill's Southern Institute of Technology (S.I.T), and am the student representative on the Massage and Natural Therapies Advisory Committee for S.I.T.

I am enormously proud to be appointed as the new Iwi Liaison Officer at Massage New Zealand. Particular focus must be for us as an organisation to work safely and competently and in partnership with Māori.

Stanley was elected to the position of Iwi Liaison at the 2016 AGM.

Email: Iwi Liaison


Regional Co-ordinators

Upper North Island Regional Coordinator - Annika Leadley


To me, education and continued learning is extremely important and it is one of the things l love about our industry.
  • Dip. Holistic Massage

After taking an evening class in Basic Massage I enjoyed massage so much that I decided I wanted to do a qualification in it. I obtained my Diploma in Holistic Massage in 2009 whilst living in London. On my return home to New Zealand I have continued with various related study and courses including Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Ortho Bionomy and Reflexology.

After doing a bit of massage in addition to my full time office job, in 2012 I decided it was time to resign from the office and make massage my career and business. Since then I have worked part-time in my own practice in Hamilton, fitting it comfortably around my family (husband and 2 pre-school boys).

I take pride in what I do and want to be recognised for my level of knowledge and professional standards. MNZ validates our qualifications and spells out the code of ethics and high standards to which its members adhere - it sets us apart from the rest and that is important to me and to my clients. I never stop learning and there is always something new to discover about the human body or the modalities and techniques we can use to assist the body. MNZ recognises this too and makes it part of the criteria for its members.

Networking and being connected to other Massage Therapists is another reason why I continue to be a member of MNZ. As a sole trader working on my own it is important for me to have colleagues to whom I can connect with and MNZ has helped me to achieve this. What I can bring to this role is my organisational and detail focused skills from my previous work experience, together with my current passion and drive to learn, upskill, share and connect with other therapists in the massage industry.

Annika was elected to the position of Upper North Island Regional Coordinator at the 2016 AGM.

Email: Upper North Island Coordinator

Lower North Island Regional Coordinator - Shannon Gardener


South Island Regional Coordinator - Currently Vacant


Email: South Island Regional Coordinator


AHANZ Representative - Iselde de Boam

Iselde de Boam
I am compelled to work towards lifting the usual approach towards, and standard of Massage as an industry both from the public and practitioner viewpoints.
  • Dip. HSc (Therapeutic Massage)
  • Dip. Remedial Massage

I've been involved in Massage both in Australia and New Zealand as a teacher and practitioner. I qualified in 2003 with a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage at NZCM and then went on to complete a Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2009 at the Q Academy in Australia. I set out as a sole trader in 2010, having then been qualified for 7 years and it dawned on me that I was creating a career - not just a job. In 2013 I expanded from a sole trader with 4 contractors and took over Absolute Therapy, a 5 room health centre in central Wellington.

I have seen and experienced the validity of Massage and with our industry not being 'recognised' by institutions like ACC it was extremely important to me to belong to MNZ to show the public that I held a certain level of qualification. I'm committed to ongoing education and to upholding a high standard of ethics. I began attending local workshops and the MNZ AGMs. I saw that there was room to grow within the organisation and that my drive and motivation and organisational skills would be easily applied. In 2012 I became involved in the Governance Group overseeing the development of the new qualification pathway for Massage within New Zealand that was submitted to NZQA and in 2014 I took on the role of Lower North Island Regional Coordinator.

I encourage participation from members and try to keep a focus on communication. It is important to me that we all see ourselves as the industry, not separate to it and just belonging to MNZ. The more of us that are involved, the easier each role becomes, I'd love to speak to anyone who wants more involvement - no matter how big or small!

Iselde was elected to the position of AHANZ Representative at the AGM in 2018.

Email: AHANZ Representative



Staff

Executive Administrator - Nici Stirrup



It's exciting to have the opportunity to combine my admin skills with current knowledge and experience of the massage industry. I hope this allows me to provide excellent care of the MNZ organisation and its' members.
  • Bachelor of Health Studies (Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy)
  • Dip. HSc (Massage & Sports Therapy)
  • Dip. HSc (Therapeutic Massage)
  • Cert. Relaxation Massage

After having experienced the amazing benefits of massage as part of recovery from chronic back pain and having a keen interest in how the body moves and functions, it was a natural progression for me to the profession of massage therapy.

I grew up mainly in the UK and over the years I have gained experience in a multitude of customer focused and admin roles.I began massage training at NZCM in Auckland in 2009. After many years of part-time study whilst raising two small children I completed the Bachelor of Health Studies in Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy in 2017. I have spent the last four years treating a variety of clients at a clinic specialising in acute and chronic pain, stress management and exercise rehabilitation. I also provide regular on-site massage at a retirement village.

I have been a member of MNZ for many years and feel that it is an integral part of becoming and remaining a professional therapist. MNZ creates a great opportunity to connect with fellow therapists and keep your finger on the pulse in this diverse and ever-growing profession.

I enjoy travelling overseas with my family and exploring this beautiful country by land and sea with a tent in tow. I spend my free time playing competitive hockey, practicing Iyengar yoga and ocean swimming.

Nici started her role as EA in October 2018.

Email: Executive Administrator

General Administrator - Melissa Orchard


Bringing some new ideas and helping MNZ to run smoothly on a daily basis and helping you as members is what I am looking forward to in this position.
  • Cert. Relaxation Massage

I am the General Administrator for Massage New Zealand, having joined the team in August 2016. The New Zealand College of Massage is where I did my training in massage and I graduated in 2012. My clinic at home keeps me busy but I also spend time in Corporate Chair Massage as well. I have been a CMT member of MNZ since 2012 and am very excited about my role as General Administrator as for me, life is all about balance so being mentally and physically active in my work is perfect.

Being a member of MNZ has always helped me to feel part of a community of Massage Therapists, helping to keep us safe, informed and always continuing to learn. It also helps the public to make informed decisions when finding a Massage Therapist that will work for them.

I am very passionate about massage and love helping my clients manage their stress, relax, ease tension, recover, revive and maintain their bodies in this busy world of ours. When I am not working, I love to spend time with my beautiful daughters, friends and family, walking, the beach, travelling, camping, yoga, gardening, DIY and a relaxing movie at the end of a busy day is also bliss.

Email: General Administrator

Finance Administrator - Sarah Duckworth

I started my career in a small business book-keeping 32 years ago when the first of my two daughters was 1 year old. Since then, I have worked in theatrical lighting hire and arts festivals, both in New Zealand and Edinburgh, as well as the publishing industry, a restaurant, a bakery and a retail audio store. My most recent client acquisition is an upmarket hair salon, which is loads of fun. I've also been Treasurer for my local Community Council, and for the Wellington Blues Club.

I like to spend my down time singing, hiking, entertaining friends and, most of all, with my two young granddaughters. I'm very much enjoying my new role at Massage New Zealand.

Email: accounts@massagenewzealand.org.nz

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