Unifying PNZ

Change Programme

PNZ Change Programme

The transition towards all of PNZ operating as a unified organisation followed a member vote to operate under the PNZ Rules announced at the 2018 PNZ Annual General Meeting. This led to PNZ Executive commitment to the Change Programme and it being a key priority for the PNZ Office. The overarching purpose of the Change Programme is to allow all of PNZ to better service its members and the profession as a whole. This includes raising the profile of the profession and improving systems for the many volunteers who help deliver services to members.

Branches and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) remain highly important, with members continuing to engage with these groups through event attendance and information sharing. The first impact to members of operating as one organisation was an alignment of our systems starting with finances and a united financial year. There has then been a staggered process with Branches and SIGs transitioning to the Rules and operating model with agreed Terms of Reference, either at the end of their financial year or another mutually agreed time.

As of February 2021 all 11 Branches have completed the transition to PNZ. Seven SIGs have completed steps to transition and the remaining four are working under a Memorandum of Understanding with plans to complete transition over 2021. While our Hand Therapy SIG (NZAHT) have made the decision to become a stand-alone organisation, consistent with international transdisciplinary hand therapy groups, we look forward to maintaining a close working relationship with NZAHT.

Business Plans and Budgets

Please find guidelines and templates for PNZ business plans and budgets below. These are intended to support PNZ groups in setting their annual business plans and budgets. 

Further information on finances as a unified PNZ is available here, including the following stages and timeframes for annual business planning, budgeting and reporting.


The timeline towards PNZ becoming a unified organisation is below.

  • August 2017. Members vote to invest in a programme to create a unified PNZ.
  • February 2018. A change programme co-design workshop involving representatives from across PNZ is held, resulting in PNZ Co-Design Key Messages explaining the blueprint for the future that workshop attendees designed together.
  • August 2018. PNZ members vote to adopt the new PNZ Constitution.
  • September 2018. From 14 September 2018 PNZ operates under the new Rules. Discussions commence with Branches and Special Interest Groups on individual group transition.
  • June 2019. Hawkes Bay is the first Branch to merge with PNZ.
  • December 2019. Seven Branches and two Special Interest Groups are merged with PNZ.
  • June 2020. 10 Branches and three Special Interest Groups are merged with PNZ.
  • December 2020. 11 Branches and seven Special Interest Groups are merged with PNZ. Four Special Interest Groups are working under a Memorandum of Understanding to merge operations prior to final transition.

Frequently Asked Questions

PNZ Change Programme FAQs with answers to member questions are available here.


Page updated February 2021