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The Totara of the Workplace, Ngā Totara o te wahi mahi. 

The Totara tree is symbolic of a great chief, it is also a strong tree that grows for a hundred years.  Like the Totara tree, Occupational Health Nursing has been in place for decades and alongside Occupational Health Physicians we have been caring and resilient health professionals, providing guidance and support for workers and their employers.

In line with the overarching theme, the conference programme has been designed with a cultural component recognising that many of our workers include Maori and Pacific Islanders.

This is a multi-disciplinary conference organised by the NZOHNA (Auckland Group) Inc.  The content will be of value to nurses, physicians, health and safety leaders, occupational hygiene personnel and other health care professionals with an interest in Occupational Health.

The organising committee is looking forward to welcoming delegates to the beautiful Whangarei in Northland.  The 2019 conference provides the perfect platform to network with your peers, make new connections and update your practice. There are once again several pre-conference workshops, an outstanding line-up of speakers and an excellent choice of concurrent sessions on offer.

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The 2019 NZOHNA conference organising committee is proud to present an exciting educational event that offers opportunities to network and collaborate.  With a culturally focussed theme woven throughout the programme, this is a unique professional development offering that is designed to be relevant and engaging to all delegates.   

The organising committee has worked hard to ensure that the NZOHNA mission statement below is reflected in the conference programme.

  • To set and maintain professional standards though evidence-based practice
  • To facilitate interactive communication within the membership
  • To increase the public and political profile of Occupational Health Nurses
  • To promote and provide educational opportunities for Occupational Health Nurses

To view the programme outline, click HERE

The NZOHNA Conference 2019 will provide relevant content of interest to all levels of professionals in the NZOHNA Industry including:

  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Health and safety leaders,
  • Occupational hygiene personnel 
  • Health care professionals with an interest in Occupational Health 


New Zealand Occupational Health Nurse Association (NZOHNA) Conference 2019, is New Zealand's premier health event for health & safety professionals and businesses wanting to gain more understanding of the “Health” in health & safety. 

Held biannually for over 30 years, the conference is a specialised event that brings health and safety professionals, business, international health & safety experts, government officials and service providers together to learn, network and share experiences.

This year we are hosting the conference in the Aotearoa’s northernmost city the beautiful subtropical Whangarei.  There are many things to see, do and experience while in Whangarei and given the conference concludes on Friday afternoon this leaves plenty of time for delegates to extend their stay in stunning Te Taitokerau (Northland) and explore all the great things the region has to offer.

Discover, explore, enjoy…

Whangarei Terenga Paraoa (The Gathering Place of the Whales)

Discover all the great things to do & see in subtropical Whangarei; love the spectacular beaches and walks, swim, dive, kayak or build a sandcastle. Enjoy great coffee and food, swing a golf club, cast a fishing line, shop at boutique markets and visit gorgeous galleries and fascinating museums. Find out more...

Browse Activities here

Te Taitokerau (Northland)

Whether you are drawn to Māori culture and stories about our heritage and people, natural wonders and contrasting coastlines, or adrenaline adventures, golf courses and world luxury resorts, we welcome you to Northland and hope you find something special here. Nau Mai, Haere mai!

Find out more…

Browse Activities here


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  • Paper Submission Deadline: April 25 2019 
  • Notification of Acceptance of papers:  April 31st 2019, completed papers due by 31 July 2019
  • Conference Registrations Open - NOW! 
  • Pre-conference workshops: Wednesday 18 September 2019
  • Annual General Meeting: 7.30am Friday 20 September 2019
  • Pre-conference Cocktail Event: Wednesday 18 September 2019
  • Conference Dinner Social Event: Thursday 19 September 2019
  • Two Day Conference: Thursday 19 & Friday 20 September 2019


The NZOHNA Annual General Meeting will occur on Friday, 20 September 2019 (07:30 to 08:30) (at the Forum North Conference Centre, 7 Rust Avenue, Whangarei). Attendance is required for CPD credit.


The social evening event will be hosted on the evening of Thursday, 19 September 2019. Ensure to register for this fun event.

The ticket includes 1x drink vouchers, a delicious dinner and dessert..  The theme is: Celebration in the Ngahere (forest).  

Join in the fun as we get to network over a great meal.

Venue: Te Kotahitanga Conference Hall.


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The conference will be hosted at Forum North, 7 Rust Avenue, Whangarei.  This iconic venue has been the heart of Whangarei's entertainment precinct for more than thirty years and is home to the city's main theatre and exhibition hall.


There are two public entrances into Forum North. The front access is via Rust Avenue, where the Whangarei District Council Customer Service Centre is located and near the Library and the other off the Water Street car park. 



Forum North is located on Rust Avenue in the middle of the Whangarei CBD next to the Old Library.  Forum North is 2 hours north of Auckland by road or 25 minutes by air and is 10km from the Whangarei Airport.



Paid parking is available directly outside the Forum North venue in the car park, Water Street car park or on surrounding streets including Rust Avenue and Water Street. There is a four-hour parking restriction in place Monday – Friday in the Forum North car park and no time restriction in the Water Street car park. There are six parking spaces allocated for disabled parking.


Conference Accommodation

We’re delighted to have been able to get fantastic rates with some of Whangarei’s most central accommodation providers. If you are travelling from outside of Whangarei feel free to make use of the recommended accommodation. These options are close to the conference venue and other local amenities.

If you wish to book your accommodation with one of the hotels below, please contact the hotel directly. See promo codes/details for each hotel below.

Quest Apartments Hotel - 

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The Quest Whangarei is located in the CBD and approximately 2 min walk (120m) from the venue.
For directions from the Venue to the Hotel, Click Here.

For more details about this Hotel, Click Here.

Special rates offered to the NZOHNA Conference 2019 are as follows;

- $135 for the 22 Studios rooms available
- $155 for the 10 One Bedroom Apartments available
- $270 for the 1 Two Bedroom Executive Apartment available

To take advantage of these great rates make your booking directly with the Hotel by calling 09 972 7854 and quote QUESTNURSE2019 


Discovery Settlers Whangarei Motor Inn

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Discovery Settlers Hotel Whangarei offers a range of comfortable 3 star Whangarei accommodation options to cater for every travellers requirements. 

All 54 rooms are well appointed with ensuite bathrooms, SKY TV channels, tea/coffee making facilities and FREE unlimited WiFi.

Guests can enjoy complimentary use of the outdoor swimming pool (during summer months), bbq area and laundry facilities and receive FREE off-street car parking during their stay.

Discovery Settlers Hotel is located at 61 Hatea Drive, in stunning Whangarei, in the sub-tropical Northland region of New Zealand, beneath the bush clad hills of Mt Parihaka and within easy walking distance of the Whangarei Town Basin and CBD.

Special rates offered for the NZOHNA Conference are as follows:

Comfort Studio (1 queen bed) $125.00 incl. GST per room per night based on single, double or twin share occupancy. 

Superior Studio (1 super king bed OR 2 x king single beds) $134.00 incl. GST per room per night based on single, double or twin share occupancy.

Please book using the special web link below to secure these rates.

 For directions from the Venue to the Hotel, Click Here.

For more details or to book accommodation at this Hotel, Click Here.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their valuable contribution:

Conference Dinner Sponsor

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Conference Lunch Sponsor

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Conference Bag Sponsor

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