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About us

Podiatry New Zealand Incorporated (PodiatryNZ) is a membership based, not for profit association registered under the Incorporated Societies Act. Dedicated to better patient outcomes through enhancing the profession of podiatry and increasing awareness among New Zealanders about the importance of good foot health care. Founded in 1946, PodiatryNZ is the national voice of podiatrists.



Board Membership

Board members are elected to the PodiatryNZ Board for a two-year term and have a continuing right of re-election. The Board operates in accordance with the Rules, which allow for up to seven Board members. Three elected, two appointed and up to two co-opted. Members with governance experience and strategic skills who feel they would like to add value to the Board, are invited to stand for election. Nominations for Board Members are called for annually.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

The Board is responsible to the members for the overall governance of the Association. This includes ensuring the long-term viability, enhancing performance through strategy formulation and policy making.  The Board comprises the individual elected and co-opted members. Individual Board Members can only act to influence the decision-making of the entity when meeting formally as a group - as The Board.

Strategic Direction

Our Vision

To advance the quality of and access to podiatry

Hei whakapiki i te kounga me te whai wāhi ki te haumanu waewae

Our Values

We act with integrity and respect in all we do. We are each personally accountable for the highest standards of behaviour, including honesty, transparency and fairness in all aspects of our work.

We aim to support the profession of podiatry leading by example with vision, acting in the best interests of those receiving podiatric care.

We are committed to robust governance, continuous quality development, and application of best practice principles in all that we do.

We aim to actively engage with members and stakeholders, working together to enhance and advance the quality of and access to podiatry for the communities we serve.

Our Strategic Goals

Facilitating Collegiality
Our goal is to facilitate a collegial network of podiatrists and stakeholders based on mutual respect and understanding. These cooperative relationships to be achieved through the engagement of podiatrists at the national and regional levels. PodiatryNZ aims to deliver quality communication and training to enhance relationships for and between members, students and stakeholders.


Expanding Careers
Our goal is to assist members to maximise career potential, improve patient outcomes and maintain job satisfaction. Professional development and career specialisations will continue to be a focus. PodiatryNZ will work collaboratively with others to achieve prescribing rights, deliver high risk foot and sports training and to further quality clinic training with the implementation of a 3rd party audit process.


Our goal is to ensure the continued relevance of PodiatryNZ by safeguarding sound organisational practices through best practice governance practices. This will involve the implementation of best practice procedures for: transitioning key personnel, Board succession plans and an investment in appropriate induction and governance procedures.

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