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The New Zealand Psychologists Board is the regulatory authority appointed under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 in respect of the profession of psychology. The principal purpose of the Act is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their profession.

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What's New

07/10/2020 - General Manager/Registrar appointment

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The Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Kylie Hooper to the role of General Manager and Registrar of Te Poari Kaimātai Hinengaro o Aotearoa/New Zealand Psychologists Board. Kylie will begin with the Board on 27 October 2020. The Board looks forward to working with her, and to utilising her extensive skills to press forward with the Board’s ongoing review, development and delivery of systems and mechanisms to protect the public. 

12/08/2020 - Psychological Practice under Covid-19 Alert Level 2

On Tuesday 11 June 2020, the Government announced that New Zealand would move from COVID-19 Alert Level 1 to:

  • Alert Level 3, effective at 12 noon Wednesday 12 August 2020 for Auckland and;
  • Alert Level 2, effective at 12 noon Wednesday 12 August 2020 for rest of New Zealand.

Remember, wherever you practice psychology the key message on the Unite Against COVID-19 website at Alert Level 1 and Alert Level 2 is “Play it Safe”. Remember, wherever you practice psychology the key message on the Unite Against COVID-19 website at Alert Level 2 (for rest of the New Zealand) is and Alert Level 3 (for Auckland) “Play it Safe”.
For more information please refer to our FAQ page.

Vacancies on the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal

The Ministry of Health is seeking applications/nominations for health practitioner members for the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (HPDT), including psychologist members who hold a current practising certificate. 

A brief job description, HPDT Terms of Reference and application details are on the Ministry of Health’s website here.  Applications close on 21 August 2020.

Alert Level 1

With Aotearoa New Zealand’s move to COVID-19 Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm on Monday 9 June, there is reason to celebrate and reflect on the achievement and the efforts of our whole community, including psychologists, in preventing the virus becoming widespread in our community. The Board wishes to acknowledge the many psychologists and their whanau who have been personally touched by the COVID-19 pandemic, either through illness, changes in circumstances or impacts of the economic downturn. Despite this, the profession overall has made enormous efforts to remain client focussed and agile through what has been a long period of uncertainty during the COVID-19 response to date. Thank you for your efforts.

The Ministry of Health’s Allied Health Professions Officer Martin Chadwick has also passed on the Ministry’s thanks to all allied health professionals.  However, in a meeting with the allied health sector on Friday 11 June he reminded us that Alert Level 1 is not Alert Level 0 and a level of precaution is recommended. You can read about those recommendations and access resources through the COVID-19 section of our website

Fitness to Practise Policy

The Board has now finalised its Policy on Fitness to Practise, and would like to thank all stakeholders for their submissions. A letter from the Chair with further information can be found here.

The finalised policy can be found here.

Naming Policy

The Board’s Naming Policy has now been finalised, and the Board wishes to thank all who made submissions.  The final Naming Policy is here, and an update from the Board Chair on the changes made to the policy as a result of submissions is here

Seeking a Psychology Advisor

We are seeking a Psychology Advisor, to join the Board’s Wellington-based secretariat team. This role would suit an experienced psychologist looking for an opportunity to use their skills and knowledge in a different way, and play a key role in shaping the direction of the profession in Aotearoa. If you are interested in a permanent role (full time or substantial part-time FTE preferred) or would like more information please contact the Registrar, Frances Hamilton on 04 381 9047 or email [email protected]. The job description is available here.

Neuropsychology grandparenting pathway extended to 31 March 2021



Board meeting schedule for 2020

The Psychologists Board meets six times a year in Wellington, and also conducts some business by email and teleconference to keep costs down and to progress more urgent matters. For a schedule of the Board's meetings in 2020, click here.

Psychology Profession Advisory Forum (PPAF) schedule for 2020

The Board uses various means to consult with its stakeholders, with one of the most important being its meetings with representatives from the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists, the NZ Psychological Society, and University training programme Heads of Department. For the 2020 PPAF meeting schedule, click here.

Current Consultations


Consultation on Draft Fitness to Practise Policy - Now Closed


Consultation on Draft Naming Policy - Now Closed



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