CoA and Life Membership Nomination


Music Therapy New Zealand makes awards of a Certificate of Appreciation or Life Membership to members who have made a significant contribution to the organisation or to music therapy practice, research or advocacy. We define “significant contribution” as actions beyond the usual expectations of a member. 

For a Certificate of Appreciation nomination, “significant contribution” might include

  • A MThNZ member taking a portfolio or working group leadership role or other significant activity related to practice, research, advocacy or events over a sustained period of time or is considered a role model within the MThNZ community

For a Life Membership nomination, “significant contribution” is a lifetime or many years of substantial contribution to music therapy in New Zealand 

Examples of contributions worthy of life membership might include;

  • A significant and sustained contribution to the activities of Music Therapy New Zealand, usually at a national and/or international level.
  • Important advocacy contributions that support and grow music therapy provision in New Zealand.
  • A noteworthy body of professional practice research and/or publications that advance and promote music therapy in New Zealand.
  • A significant life’s work. For example,  this could be awarded on or after retirement.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made on the official nomination form, submitted to the Executive Officer  for presentation for council. If a retiring paid staff member is to be considered for nomination, the form must be submitted to the Council Chair. 

Nominations must be made collaboratively by at least two MThNZ members. 

Nomination for a Certificate of Appreciation or Life Membership

Please refer to nomination criteria, 300 words maximum