Strategic Alliances

NZSATCM has several Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with some leading associations in acupuncture and related disciplines to promote our school to practitioners.

Through this cooperation, we encourage these associations to hold events on our campus, turning it into a meeting place among practitioners. At the same time, leading members are invited to share their knowledge and experience with our students to widen their exposure.


First established in 1977 with more than 750 members throughout New Zealand, AcNZ, previously the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists (NZRA), is the oldest and largest professional body representing acupuncturists in New Zealand. AcNZ members have been recognised as ACC treatment providers since 1990.

A member of the World Federation of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Societies, AcNZ also has strong affiliations with acupuncture associations in Australia, China, the United States, and Britain.

AcNZ is very pleased to support students by providing free membership to all those enrolled in a full programme of study in the field of acupuncture/Chinese Medicine in New Zealand. The benefits of student membership are as follows:

  • Free membership with optional access to the extensive AcNZ library 
  • Free AcNZ monthly newsletter
  • Access to the member’s area of the AcNZ website on information such as ACC, jobs, Continuing Professional Development requirements, and so on
  • Access to closed WeChat and Facebook sites and chat with experienced acupuncturists
  • Attend regional meetings as non-voting members
  • Join the AcNZ annual conference (held in Wellington in early August), seminars, and workshops at a discounted price
  • Those who have been student members for one year or more will not have to pay the $125.00 application fee when it comes to upgrading to full membership after graduation

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Words from Robin Kerr, AcNZ President

Many of those who teach at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as many graduates from the School, are members of AcNZ. We are very happy to welcome current students to also join us and become members of our organisation.  AcNZ has a very strong commitment to supporting our members in the provision of safe and effective healthcare for all New Zealanders.  NZSATCM is where I personally completed my master’s degree, something I would encourage others who are contemplating furthering their education, to do.

There is no doubt that the public is increasingly choosing acupuncture and Chinese medicine as their primary health care system. More and more people are seeking to take greater responsibility for their own health and are realising that acupuncture and Chinese medicine, with a strong emphasis on the maintenance of wellbeing, can provide what they are looking for.

This is an exciting time in the development of our profession in New Zealand. At the same time as moving more into the realms of research and scientific evidence, we are also becoming more aware of the importance of the history and philosophy that underpins our medicine. As all of us who have studied Chinese medicine know, balance is essential in all aspects of life. As the ancient philosopher Laozi said in the Tao Te Ching: “Stay with the ancient Tao but move with the present”.

New Zealand has something of a name for being a country of innovation – there is no reason why we cannot lead the world into the integration of the very best that both eastern and western medicine have to offer. Current students of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have a great deal to look forward to.

The Register of New Zealand Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (NZRTCMP)

Founded in the 1990s, NZRTCMP aimed at integrating members who were TCM professionals into the New Zealand healthcare environment through attaining relevant academic qualifications as well as going through the registration process to become a registered acupuncturist.

From time to time, NZRTCMP updates its members on the latest legislations affecting the practice and development of Chinese medical practitioners in New Zealand so that members can get themselves prepared well in advance of any changes.

The New Zealand Qigong & Traditional Chinese Medicine Association

The New Zealand Qigong & Traditional Chinese Medicine Association was established in 1994 to promote all types of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine in New Zealand. It is a community of different styles and philosophies with the shared purpose of spreading qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine culture in New Zealand.  

As a Responsible Authority (RA) under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2023 (HPCA act), the Chinese Medicine Council of New Zealand (the Council) was established in 2021 to regulate Chinese medicine services (including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and tuina massage therapy) in the country. The Council is considered as the government-appointed regulator of the profession, acting first and foremost in the interest of protecting the public.

To lawfully practise as a Chinese medicine practitioner in New Zealand, Chinese medicine practitioners must be registered and hold a current practising certificate issued by the Council. Therefore, registration with the Council is mandatory.

The Council is working with ACC to progress the necessary legislative changes as quickly as possible for Chinese medicine practitioners.

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