About Music Therapy New Zealand

Te Roopu Puoro Whakaora O Aotearoa

Our key objectives are to:

  1. Raise awareness and understanding of music therapy;
  2. Advance the provision of music therapy to all who will benefit from these services;
  3. Maintain standards of ethical practice to protect the safety of all clients;
  4. Advance research of music therapy in a range of settings, including the health and education sectors;
  5. Provide funding for study, research and activities that aim to advance the provision of music therapy in specific areas where there is an identified need; and
  6. Develop relationships with relevant stakeholders.

The objects of the Society shall reflect the cultural diversity of New Zealand and have due regard to Ti Tiriti O Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi). 

Mission and Purpose

Our Mission

MThNZ is a membership organisation that advocates the employment of NZ registered Music Therapists (NZRMTh) and governs their ethical and professional standards of practice in working to enhance Hauora and Waiora of the people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our Purpose

The purpose of Music Therapy New Zealand (the public name for the New Zealand Society for Music Therapy Incorporated) is to Champion potential and wellbeing through the professional use of Music Therapy.

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Our Values

Promoting and working towards sustainability and a balanced, overall wellbeing.

Fostering relationships that are connected, reciprocal and inclusive.

Celebrating our diversity, passion, spark and vitality.

Supporting and advocating for the highest quality, evidenced based ethical practice with integrity and confidence.

Our Logo

Incorporating the hei matau (fish hook), koru and treble clef, this logo aims to reflect the relationships and partnerships that are an inherent part of our advocacy and membership organisation. Representing new beginnings, growth and sustenance, this logo embodies our hopes for Music Therapy in Aotearoa New Zealand and MThNZ to flourish, honour our past and move forward into the future.

Our special thanks to Clare Saunders-Lee, Graphics Designer, and the 2018 Marketing Working Party: NZRMThs Pip Algie, Megan Berentson-Glass, Lauren Payne and Shari Storie, for developing our new logo and branding materials.

Charities Information

The New Zealand Society for Music Therapy Incorporated is a society incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 and a charity under the Charities Act 2005. It is governed by a Council, elected every two years by members, and made up of music therapist and friend members.

Our trading name is “Music Therapy New Zealand”.

Our charity details can be found here on Ngā Ratonga Kaupapa Atawhai, the NZ Charities Services website. 

To download a copy of our current Rules, dated November 2020, see link below.