Our Purpose

Our purpose is to serve dental hygiene, dental therapy and oral health therapy professions by preserving and promoting their interests and enhancing their professional profile.


Te Ohu Pūniho Ora O Aotearoa - The New Zealand Oral Health Association (NZOHA) was established in 2021 by the New Zealand Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association (NZDOHTA) and the New Zealand Dental Hygienists Association (NZDHA). 

Operating as one association allows us to be aligned with the new Ministry of Health’s strategy for integrated service delivery and to unify professionals across the three disciplines of dental therapy, dental hygiene and oral health therapy in Aotearoa New Zealand.

"As one association, we will have a bigger and louder voice to advocate for our profession for better oral health outcomes in Aotearoa."

Samuel Carrington, Vice President of NZDHA and Te Ao Mārama Rep of NZDOHTA

Our Executive Committee

The NZOHA Executive Committee provides direction, oversight and the management of the NZOHA, Te Ohu Pūniho Ora O Aotearoa. The NZOHA Executive primary goal is  to support and advocate for our members which includes Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists, as well as oral health students at Auckland University of Technology and the University of Otago.

New Zealand Oral Health Practitioner Awards 2023

In recognition of oral health practitioners who exemplify commitment to oral health care, NZOHA introduced the Oral Health Practitioner Awards.

We wish to acknowledge our members who are going above and beyond to raise the bar for our respective professions.

The 2023 winners are:

Contact us with any questions, or to join NZOHA


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