Results from the NZDOHTA and NZDHA Special General Meetings

4th September 2021

You said yes!

Thank you to everyone who attended the NZDOHTA and the NZDHA Special General Meetings this morning. It was wonderful to see so many of you join the meetings and have your say - thank you. 

We are excited to let you know that the vote on the motions to wind up the NZDOHTA and the NZDHA and move forward with creating the NZOHA was YES. 

What's next?

Over the coming weeks the NZOHA Committee will be working on the logistics of winding up the two existing associations and setting up NZOHA. This includes:

  • Defining roles and responsibilities 
  • Creating the NZOHA standards
  • Finalising the financial accounts of the NZDOHTA and the NZDHA, including independent reviews of the accounts
  • Merging bank accounts
  • Transferring all members into the NZOHA database
  • Creating the new legal entity for the NZOHA
  • Updating the public NZOHA website
  • Starting work on the NZOHA members app and website

We will continue to keep you updated on progress as we go, so keep an eye on your inbox. You can also contact us at if you have any questions. 

Ngā mihi nui

The NZOHA Committee
Anna, Nafiz, Sam, Erin, Mel, Lizelle, Chris, Anishma, Viktoria and Toni

Update on the Formation of New Zealand Oral Health Association (NZOHA)

30 April 2021

It is with great pleasure and excitement that the NZDOHTA and the NZDHA advise all members that discussion and action to the formation of the NZOHA has recommenced after being abruptly stopped in 2019. 

Both Board and Executive are aiming to launch the NZOHA in 2022.  

One association will unify our profession. The NZOHA will be all encompassing of Dental Therapy, Dental Hygiene and Oral Health Therapy. As one association, we will have a bigger and louder voice to advocate for our profession for better oral health outcomes in Aotearoa. 

Updates on the progression will be emailed to the members of the NZDOHTA and the NZDHA. 

Not a member? Make sure you are! You need to have a voice for this historical movement for our professions.  

So get excited. The NZOHA is coming soon!

Thank you
NZOHA Committee


In 2017 (and then again, in 2019), a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between NZDHA and NZDOHTA (the two national organisations representing Dental Hygienists, Dental and Oral Health Therapists) with its objective being "to investigate the establishment of one overarching national body to be called NZOHA (New Zealand Oral Health Association)."

The rationale for the establishment of one organisation was as follows:

  • To reduce duplication of effort currently occurring with NZDHA and NZDOHTA
  • To reduce duplication of administration costs 
  • To reduce duplication of cost and time commitments for members
  • To overcome the dilution of impact that exists when operating as two distinct and discrete associations
  • To remove confusion regarding which organisation an emerging professional with a Bachelors degree in Oral Health should join.  
  • To create a stronger voice as a united professional body for lobbying and having ‘a voice at the table’. 
  • To better align the professional body with the emerging practitioners coming from tertiary institutions.
  • To create stronger branches and stronger regions.
  • To better align with the Ministry of Health strategy for integrated service delivery.

In line with that Memorandum of Understanding, an Executive Committee was formed to oversee, manage and coordinate the next steps. 

In April 2019, the Committee agreed to a proposed structure for the new association.

In May 2019 we sought the feedback of members of the respective associations to understand what your opinions were on the proposed structure.   Thank you to the 400 people who stepped up to have their say!

The survey closed on 31 May, and the Committee is meeting in late July to review the feedback and to identify and decide on our next steps.