News, Notices

Practising Certificate Renewals Due NowPosted on: Friday, 16 February 2018

A reminder that practising certificate renewal applications are due no later than 5pm on Thursday 1st March 2018 – application forms and fees can be found here.


To renew your practising certificate please complete the following steps:

  • complete the Application Form for renewal of your practising certificate
  • complete the Supervision Log Form and arrange for the Log to be signed by your supervisor
  • complete the CPD Log and sign it. Arrange for your CPD Log to be peer-reviewed and signed
  • pay the fee for renewal of your practising certificate to the MThNZ bank account
  • send your completed Application together with the Supervision and CPD Logs by email to the Registrar (email: by 5pm on 1 March 2018.

Any applications received after 5pm on 1 March 2018 will not be processed at the Board’s April 2018 meeting and may need to wait for consideration until the Board’s April 2019 meeting. Any questions about submitting applications, including the timeframe, need to be forwarded to the Registrar before 5pm on 1 March 2018.  A late penalty for processing will apply for applications received after this date.


Application forms and fees can be found on the Music Therapy New Zealand website:


It is important that you apply to renew your practising certificate if you are currently practising as a Registered Music Therapist in New Zealand. All Registered Music Therapists are responsible to ensure they hold a current practising certificate alongside their registration certificate.  This informs your employer and the public that you have completed an appropriate level of continued professional development and hours of practice to maintain your competence as a Registered Music Therapist (RMTh).


If you are no longer practising as a Music Therapist in New Zealand and therefore do not require a practising certificate, please contact the Registration Board to explain your situation.


The NZ Music Therapy Registration Board has created an accessible database of NZ RMTh who offer supervision. There is a section of the Renewal of Practising Certificate Application Form that can be completed if you wish to be included on the database for 2018. This database will be reviewed and updated annually by the Registrar of the Registration Board.


Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions: Anna Reilly


Please note:  There are separate processes and fee for registration as a Music Therapist and for professional membership of Music Therapy NZ.  We encourage Registered Music Therapists to also join MThNZ  - further information is available from or from the MThNZ Administrator:

News, Notices

Winners of the Morva Croxson Prize for Emergent WritersPosted on: Monday, 12 February 2018

Council and the NZJMT Editor are delighted to announce the results of the 2017 Morva Croxson Prize for Emergent Writers.
Olly Lowery

Olly Lowery

Nolan Hodgson

Nolan Hodgson










First place is awarded to Nolan Hodgson for his essay ”He ora waiora: Music therapy and well-being in adolescent mental health”. Second prize is awarded to Olly Lowery for “Case study: Individual music therapy with an elderly man in a palliative care setting”. We would like to congratulate both Nolan and Olly on the high calibre of their entries, and we hope to publish both entries in the 2018 issue of the journal.

Music Therapy NZ would particularly like to thank our esteemed panel of judges for their expertise, time and enthusiasm for this initiative – Emeritus Prof Denise Grocke (University of Melbourne, Australia), Claire Molyneux NZ RMTh (Anglia Ruskin University, UK) and Dr Vini Olsen-Reeder (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ), and Alison Talmage (RMTh ) who so ably and generously coordinated the competition.

News, Notices, Positions Vacant

Hawkes Bay Music Therapy VacancyPosted on: Monday, 5 February 2018

Music Therapy position for Hawkes Bay Regional Centre

The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre is looking to recruit a new music therapist based in the Hawke’s Bay where we are opening our first Regional Centre.  It is a four day per week position, with opportunity to extend to full time.

Download a position description here

If you would like to become part of an organisation that really does make a difference, please email your CV and a covering letter to Jen Ryckaert, Clinical and Centre Director, RMTC –  Applications close:   15 February 2018

News, Notices, Upcoming Events

World Music Therapy Day meme competitionPosted on: Wednesday, 24 January 2018

#WorldMusicTherapyDay meme contest.

Create a meme for WMT’s competition now to promote World Music Therapy Day (on 1st March 2018) and be in for a chance to win a Yamaha EZ 220 Keyboard generously donated by YAMAHA.

Download the competition details here

News, Notices

NZ Journal of Music Therapy: Call for Submissions (2018)Posted on: Friday, 19 January 2018

NZ Journal of Music Therapy: Call for Submissions (2018)
You are invited to submit professional and research articles to the 2018 issue of the NZJMT – closing date April 1st, 2018.
Please refer to the current NZJMT Handbook for our journal policy, style guidelines, and information for authors and reviewers.
Expressions of interest from potential peer reviewers and book/resource reviewers are also welcome.
For further information, contact Alison Talmage (NZJMT Editor):


Auckland Regional Group Explores Taonga PūoroPosted on: Sunday, 17 December 2017

For the June meeting, the Auckland Regional Group heard from members May Clulee, Libby Johns and Olly Lowery who shared their experiences and learnings from recent Taonga Pūoro Wānanga with us.  In our gathering at the Devonport Library, May, Libby and Olly briefly discussed their journeys with Taonga Pūoro and shared some resources and examples of music made with Maori musical instruments. They also offered the group the opportunity to explore the Taonga Pūoro they had brought along.

ARG members had been encouraged to bring along a few instruments for improvisation (Māori or non-Māori), as well as something ‘found’ from our natural environments. These could be anything from shells, sticks, stones, leaves, feathers – basically anything we could create a sound with.  We used these instruments to engage in some group improvisations on a range of themes and with May, Libby and Olly’s support, together explored improvising in a style that fits well with Tikanga Māori.  We were all grateful to these members for sharing their learning with us!

Jen RyckaertARG


Music Therapy Web AlertPosted on: Friday, 15 December 2017

By Alison Talmage and Libby Johns

The MThNZ website includes links to selected New Zealand and international music therapy service providers, associations and related organisations: Many music therapists in private practice have also developed websites highlighting their work and raising the profile of music therapy. Music therapist members of MThNZ can also provide online profiles including weblinks:

Here we highlight two private practice websites, with the approval of the music therapists concerned. If you would like to list or recommend a website, please contact the Administrator:

Sounding Board Music Therapy

Sounding Board is the website of Megan Spragg, a Melbourne-based NZ RMTh and Australian RMT. The website is simple in design and clear to read and navigate. The website outlines Megan’s services which are clinical supervision, mentoring for music therapists, music therapy consultation (including assessments and ongoing sessions) and resources. There is a page where people can listen to demos and purchase songs, composed by Megan. Megan is developing professional resources for her website and includes links to other music therapy websites.


Music for Life

Music for Life is the website and private practice of Rani Heath RMTh, based in the Hutt Valley and Greater Wellington region, offering services for children and adults with different learning abilities or mental health needs. The website outlines Rani’s approach and services offered, including individual and group work, consultations, presentations and workshops, and a brochure is also available for download. A testimonials page includes feedback from clients’ families and some media publications. Current fees are listed online, and contact details and an online form are provided for inquiries and referrals.



Music Therapy NZ Symposium 2017: Finding Your VoicePosted on: Friday, 15 December 2017

Music Therapy NZ Symposium 2017: Finding Your Voice

The 2017 MThNZ Symposium, “Finding Your Voice”, took place over the weekend of the 12th and 14th of August, in the Massey building at Victoria University, Wellington.
Feedback from the symposium, both through the evaluation forms and verbally, has been overwhelmingly positive.

The opening ceremony was led by MThNZ Council member Nolan Hodgson. Both Nolan’s contribution, and that of Ricki Prebble on Taonga Puoro, were very favourably received. Closely connected to this was the Major Address by Waireti Roestenburg, titled Mai i te timatanga… reconnecting to source and finding our healing voices.

Visiting from USA, Dr Diane Austin was very well received as our keynote speaker and workshop presenter. Her vocal psychotherapy method was of great interest to many people, and the experiential nature of her presentations was appreciated.

Presentations from members were diverse, informative and entertaining, and included a performance from the Wellington neurological choir the SoundsWell Singers.  Our thanks to all contributors and organisers for a stimulating and enjoyable symposium.  We look forward to seeing you at our next symposium in 2019!

Dr Diane Austin (centre) leads participants in a workshop during the symposium 2017

Dr Diane Austin (centre) leads participants in a workshop during the symposium 2017


Project Grants AwardedPosted on: Thursday, 7 December 2017

Project Grants Group Report:

2017 Lindgren Fund application results: Grants have been awarded to successful applicants Waikato Combined Neurological Choir and Alison Talmage.

A new Fund has been created from a generous gift from Friend Member Peta Wellstead in memory of her Mother.  The inaugural distribution of this grant named ‘Ronnie’s Fund’, has been awarded to Creative Kids Foundation, Marlborough.  More information on this wonderful new fund will be published in the new year.  Our thanks to Peta Wellstead.

News, Upcoming Events

17 Aug Half Day Workshop with Diane Austin Theoretical and Vocal Implications of Vocal PsychotherapyPosted on: Thursday, 20 July 2017

Diane Austin Half Day workshop