Welcome to MANZ

Massage Aotearoa New Zealand (MANZ) is the only massage therapy specific membership body in New Zealand for professional Massage Therapists. Our purpose is to promote massage therapy and the ongoing development of the massage industry in New Zealand through educating the public about the benefits of massage therapy for health and wellness and supporting the public to access high quality massage therapy through our database of MANZ registered Massage Therapists. 


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Benefits of choosing a MANZ therapist

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2023 National Conference

27-28 May 2023

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Shaping our Industry Together

Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland


Bill Wareham Award

The Bill Wareham Award is presented annually at the MANZ AGM to an MANZ member who has made an out-standing contribution to the massage profession. Bill Wareham started the first massage organisation in New Zealand, the Massage Institute of New Zealand (MINZ) back in 1985 and this award is a recognition of his contribution to massage therapy in New Zealand.

Bill and Winnie Wareham with the Award.

Bill Wareham Award Recipients

2008 Verena Funnell

2009 Frances Halligan

2010 Marianne Macdonald
For services to MANZ as Executive Officer

2011 Roger Gooch
For long service to MANZ as President, and to the massage industry as an educator.

2012 Carol Wilson
For services to MANZ as Editor of the MANZ Magazine, and to the massage community through teaching.

2013 Pip Charlton
Pip was nominated for her longstanding service to massage students, training and supporting MANZ by serving on the Executive Committee and providing numerous articles for the MANZ magazine.

2014 Stephen Burden
Presented for long service on the MANZ Exec - 6 years as Education Officer

2015 Barry Vautier
Presented for his longstanding service to MANZ on the Executive Committee and in non-Executive positions, and for his service to massage education.

2016 Dr Jo Smith
Presented to Jo for her outstanding service to the massage profession through teaching, research, and promoting evidence-based massage therapy, and her contributions made on the MANZ Executive Committee.

2017 Iselde de Boam
Presented for her ongoing and consistent support to massage and MANZ as the Lower North Island Representative and Allied Health Rep.

2018 Dawn Burke
Presented for her proactive commitment to MANZ and the massage profession by providing support in education, events and mentoring.

2019 Shelley Moana Hiha
Presented for her outstanding academic credentials and contributions to the New Zealand's professional landscape. Sharing cultural and professional diversity as a massage practitioner. Developing educational programs, providing mentoring for students and professional development for massage practitioners. Providing and teaching energy and body work, leading massage therapist for top sporting teams.

2020 Joanna Tennent
Presented for her consistent support of all massage events, and continuing thirst for knowledge in the massage profession. Teaching, inspiring, and challenging massage students with passion and rigour for over 20 years. A forward thinker for the Massage Industry in NZ and has made many International links. Always willing to get involved with any MANZ activities.

2021 Mark Fewtrell
Presented for 25 years of ongoing involvement in and contribution to the massage industry - providing massage therapy for multiple high level sporting events, teams and organisations since 1997, assisting MANZ with networking meetings for many years, including organising an MANZ conference and providing years of mentoring.  

2022 Odette Wood
Presented for being a dedicated MANZ member for years, serving many MANZ roles, including Executive Administrator, supporting smooth transitions for leadership. Passionate about evidence-based practice, she initiated the MANZ Case Study contest. During the lockdown, she fostered Membership connections with online coffee groups, showcasing her commitment to community. Her pivotal role in developing the MANZ magazine underscores her dedication to organisational growth.

2023 Doug Maynard
With over 25 years of clinical expertise, Doug has excelled as the proprietor of an award-winning Massage Clinic, overseeing a team of up to 5 therapists. His commitment to staff development through on-site training and mentorship has been outstanding. A seasoned educator for 23+ years at NZCM and Wintec, Doug seamlessly integrates extensive clinical experience with advanced technical knowledge. Serving as the former Education Officer for MANZ, his passion for massage therapy is evident in his dedication to education, professionalism, and impactful contributions to the field, making him truly deserving of this award

How to nominate someone for the Bill Wareham Award

To nominate an individual for the Bill Wareham Award download and complete the Bill Wareham Award Nomination Form complete and send to the Executive Administrator by the required date as shown on the form.

Bill Wareham Award Nomination Form

Life Membership Award

Massage Aotearoa New Zealand may award Life Membership to a current MANZ member who, in the opinion of the organisation has made an exceptional contribution to Massage Aotearoa New Zealand and/or the field of therapeutic massage. Life membership is an honour bestowed by the organisation, therefore as such, it is limited to 12 life members at any one time. To be eligible for Life Membership, a person must have held Massage Aotearoa New Zealand membership for at least five years prior to the nomination. The Life Membership Award is voted on and presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Life Membership Award Recipients

Previously NZATMP/TMANZ Life Members

Wayne Hackett

Jim Sandford

Shay Penman

Previously MINZI Life Members

Terry Hamilton - Deceased 2011

Louis Kuys - Deceased 2013

Nick Tall

George Thomas - Deceased 2015

Winnie Wareham - Deceased 2013

Bill Wareham - Deceased 2014

Gail Wolf

Jim Zohs

MANZ Life Members

2010 Frances Halligan

2014 Pip Charlton and Roger Gooch

2016 Barry Vautier and Yoka Hermanides

2017 Reina Reilly

2023 Carol Wilson 

How to nominate someone for a Life Membership Award

Life members must be nominated for such status by two current financial members of MANZ. The nomination must include details about why the person has been nominated The nominated member must provide a written citation detailing the positions they have held and achievements they have accomplished that have contributed to the work of MANZ and the field of massage therapy. This citation must be included with this nomination form. To be passed, the nomination must be endorsed by a majority vote of 75% of those present at an AGM.

To request a Life Membership nomination form, please contact the Executive Administrator:admin@massagenewzealand.org.nz

Top Student Award

Massage Aotearoa New Zealand offers a Top Student Award annually. The award gives the recipient one complimentary annual MANZ membership. Awards are given through colleges that are Affiliate members of MANZ (an affiliate college is one that has paid the annual Massage Aotearoa New Zealand Affiliate membership fee). Each college selects their own top student to be the recipient of the award that year. The award is presented to the student at the college's graduation ceremony or prize giving.

Top Student Award Recipients


Educational Institution

Student Name


Eastern Institute of Technology

Amy Couper


Eastern Institute of Technology

Amanda Peterson

Southern Institute of Technology

Tracey Senior

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Lindsey Warwick


Eastern Institute of Technology

Maree Braddock

New Zealand College of Massage

Rebecca Reedy

Southern Institute of Technology

Name not available

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Amber McIntosh-Dona


Aoraki Polytechnic

Deirdre Dobson-Le

Eastern Institute of Technology

Jessica Fibbes

New Zealand College of Massage

Veronica Taikato

Southern Institute of Technology

Emma Crosswell

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Kim McKay


Aoraki Polytechnic

Sonja Smart

Eastern Institute of Technology

Cheryl Clark

Southern Institute of Technology

Chelsie Dimmock

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Carol Ann Rose


Aoraki Polytechnic

Vicki Keene

Eastern Institute of Technology

Christine Tantrum

Southern Institute of Technology

Philip O'Kane

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Rachel Louise Rothman


Eastern Institute of Technology

Melissa Whitefield

Southern Institute of Technology

Sarah Carter


Eastern Institute of Technology Nicola Wright

Southern Institute of Technology Georgia Hollebon

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Ardeena Scott


Eastern Institute of Technology
Emma Coleman

New Zealand College of Massage - Auckland Catherine Chu

New Zealand College of Massage - Christchurch Shannon Bills

New Zealand College of Massage - Wellington Maree Sandbrook

Otago Polytechnic Nicole Hedges

Southern Institute of Technology Kieran Caldwell

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies Caroline Scott

Wintec Felicity Leydon-Davis & Ellen Burmester


Eastern Institute of Technology
Tracy Maree Fleming

Evolution School of Beauty Samantha Armstrong

Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology Louise Dumee & Maddison Black

New Zealand College of Massage - Auckland
Tamara Wright

New Zealand College of Massage - Christchurch
Joanne Carter

New Zealand College of Massage - Wellington

Jodye Tomalin

Gemma Parsons

Southern Institute of Technology

Clara Gyllensten & Jenny Mason

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Michael King


Evolution School of Beauty

Maria Verberne

Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology

Catherine McDonald

Southern Institute of Technology

Delkon Woodhead


Keryn Pegram

New Zealand College of Massage - Auckland
Toni Bryant

New Zealand College of Massage - Christchurch

Lucy Burridge

New Zealand College of Massage - Wellington
Hannah Temple

Eastern Institute of Technology
Tracy Maree Fleming

Otago Polytechnic
Lorna Canham & Jemima Aratema


Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Kimberly Tall

Southern Institute of Technology

Helene Dominique Laure Marie Geoffroy Legeay

Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology

Ella Berryman

Otago Polytechnic

Jai Hao Lam

Wintec Silver Daly

Eastern Institute of Technology

Helen Courtnell


Southern Institute of Technology

Sandee Clark


Emma Parker

Otago Polytechnic

Rowena Rushton-Green

Eastern Institute of Technology

Jutamas Sakultharathorn

Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology

Freyah Zwart

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies
Laura Alpe
2022 Eastern Institute of Technology

Jennyne Lowe

Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Craig Bennett

Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology and Te Pūkenga
Tia Dench

Southern Institute of Technology

Victoria Morgan

How to nominate someone for the Top Student Award

Affiliate education providers can arrange ONE Top Student Award certificate for their top student for the year by contacting the Executive Administrator:


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