New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapy.

Diversional and Recreational Therapists are professionals who enrich the lives of diverse groups of people in the community. They work with individuals who have physical disabilities, mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, or age-related conditions. They also engage with children and youths who need support and guidance. Through creative and stimulating activities, they help their clients achieve personal growth, social inclusion, and well-being. 

In New Zealand, these therapists are recognized by the New Zealand Society of Diversional Recreational Therapists Inc., which encompasses various roles such as Diversional Therapists, Recreational Therapists, Motivation Therapists, Activity Coordinators, and Occupational Therapy Aides.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of the people we care and support, through Diversional and Recreational Therapy.

Ki te whakapiki I tekounga oranga o ngä tängata kei a mätou e Manaaki ana mä te haumanu kanorau

Our Team


Orquidea Tamayo Mortera



Sharlin Pritika

Vice President


AJ Aledron

Treasurer & Webmaster


Shaz Blackburn

Regional Support Groups Liaison


Jesika Swara Sachdeva



Sarah Ellis






Jezka Birondo

National Conference Liaison


Michael Richardson

Society Lawyer


David Yang

Society Accountant

Be a Member of the NZ Society of DRT

Access to Professional Development Days, Local Seminars and Forums, National and International Conferences, Newsletters, Webinars any many more!

Be a National Registered DRT

As members become registered, there has been a greater recognition of our professionalism and competency in the workplace.

DRT Education Pathways

Education is fundamental to the Diversional Therapist, its education and experience that makes for the proficient therapist practitioner.

Our History

Starting in the late 1980’s, progressing from small local meetings of individuals from various rest homes and institutions.

Standards of Practice

Diversional Therapists are accountable for their practice with the Consumer in a supportive environment.

Code of Ethics

The individual Diversional Therapist is expected to achieve the highest standards of conduct and ideals of service in this caring profession, by observing the principles of the ethical code of the profession.