It was announced today that the inaugural Chinese Medicine Council of New Zealand (CMCNZ) has been appointed by the
Minister of Health, Hon. Andrew Little. This brings the Chinese medicine profession in under the Health Practitioners
Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act (2003) – the first time a profession from outside the western medical model has been
The President of Acupuncture New Zealand, Ms Robin Kerr, welcomes the new Chinese Medicine Council of New Zealand
(NZCMC) and sends congratulations to those appointed to the Council.
“This is a very significant step for our profession and an assurance to the public that acupuncture and Chinese medicine
are an accepted and important part of the New Zealand health care system. The HPCA Act is all about ensuring the safety
of the public. People can be reassured that they are in safe hands if they choose to see a practitioner who is
registered with the new Council.
The principles of the Treaty of Waitangi of protection, participation, and partnership will support the ability for
Chinese medicine to establish a place within the healthcare landscape, setting standards, and participating at the table
with other professions to meet the needs of our culturally diverse communities.
It is expected that the new Council will meet for the first time in the next few weeks and begin the process of
registering practitioners from throughout New Zealand.