Homeopathy » Homeopathy in New Zealand
Homeopathy in New Zealand has experienced significant growth over the past decade as more and more New Zealanders discover first-hand the benefits of using homeopathic treatment.
The first recorded homeopath in New Zealand was William Purdie, MD, a graduate of Glasgow, who arrived in December 1849, and settled in Dunedin. The New Zealand Homeopathic Society was founded in 1951.
The practice of homeopathy in New Zealand falls under "common law" as it does in Great Britain. One can practice homeopathy without having a medical license. A decade ago there were 11 professional homeopaths recorded in New Zealand. The New Zealand Council of Homeopaths, which provides a 'stamp of approval' for appropriately qualified homeopaths, now has around 150 members including several medically qualified GPs and qualified veterinarians.
There are four manufacturing homeopathic pharmacies in New Zealand and a number of chemist shops that offer a full range of homeopathic products and potencies. New Zealand supports three colleges that offer training in homeopathy: The Wellington College of Homeopathy, the Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy, which has faculties in Tauranga, Auckland and Christchurch, and the South Pacific College of Natural Therapies in Auckland.
A private homeopathic library, The Homeopathic Archives, is located in Wellington and is believed to have the largest collection of homeopathic literature in the Southern Hemisphere. The New Zealand Homeopathic Society in Auckland has a library and sells homeopathic books.