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This year we celebrate NZSDRT Inc. 27th Conference by meeting in Wellington! Our theme for this year is:

‘Wānanga ki te manawa o Aotearoa- te tangata, te tikanga, te wawata’ – Meeting at the heart of New Zealand: People, Purpose & Passion.

Diversional and Recreational Therapists in Aotearoa have been enriching lives since 1992. Our last face to face event was in August 2021 in Taranaki before going back into a lockdown across the country. In 2022 we made the decision to host our first ever virtual conference, an event we were extremely proud to host given the massive amount of work the National Executive Board had to put behind the scenes for the event to run smoothly and be successful for all attendees.

This year we are back to our in-person conference, and we would like to remind you all that conferences are not only about talks, they’re about the people who attend them. After the long wait to be able to meet in person again, our in-person event will be finally happening again, bringing together Diversional and Recreational Therapists (DRTh), and people from all different geographical areas, backgrounds, and cultural experiences.

What better place to share your ideas, get valuable feedback and connect with relevant people as a DRTh than at an in-person event. Conferences help you learn new things. Not only by listening to talks and presentations but by the complete experience of attending the event, conferences help you become a better practitioner.

Presenters and Key note Speakers include and are not limited to:

    • Professional Director – Rob Campbell

    • NZCCSS CEO – Nikki Hurst

    • ARTA President – Renee Smith

    • RGM Aotearoa – Kris Tynan

    • LEGO Therapy – Elen Nathan

    • Death Doula Movement – Melanie Humphries-Conolly

Among many other speakers and presenters yet to be confirmed!

We look forward to hosting you in Wellington from the 18th – 20th August, 2023, at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor.




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>>> Please email – dtconference@diversionaltherapy.net.nz




Event Venue – James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (JCHGC) – 147 The Terrace, Wellington

Phone: +64 (4) 499 9500
Toll Free in New Zealand: 0800 27 53 37
Email: reservations@jamescookhotel.co.nz

Accommodation at the JCHGC via NZSDRT Special Code
Arrival Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2023
Departure Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2023
Attendee or Group Code: 453630
Online booking link: 2023 NZSDRT Conference JCHGC

Room Type and Rates
18 Aug 2023 – 20 Aug 2023
Executive Rooms – $195.00 per night per room

Method of Payment
All guests to book & pay direct
Prices include GST tax of 15%
Rates quoted are per room, per night on a single, double or twin occupancy.
All rooms and rates are subject to availability

Alternative Accommodation near JCHGC

Novotel Wellington
Quest Wellington
Gilmer Apartment Hotel wellington
Travelodge Hotel Wellington
CityLife Wellington
Quest Atrium
Double Tree Hilton
Air B&B

NZSDRT Inc. uses Eventbrite, an event management and ticketing website. Anyone can easily purchase our tickets online and pay with a Credit Card or Visa Card.

We only have 100 Tickets available this time. The following tickets Do Not include GST or the Eventbrite Fee, this will be reflected during your purchase. You will then receive your electronic ticket, and a GST NZSDRT Inc. Invoice.

The ticket must be under the name of the person attending the event, as we will communicate directly with the person via call, text or email, to confirm workshop selection.
This is a Not Refund event, however we will consider full refunds under special circumstances. The person will need to contact DTConference@diversionaltherapy.net.nz directly to discuss their case.

Early Bird Tickets – Sales end of 15 April 2023

    • NZSDRT Inc. MEMBER – Early Bird $450.00 NZ


This ticket is for all current and financial Members of NZSDRT Inc. – Full Member, Associate Member, Friend Member, MOU Member and Life Member.

    • Non-Member – Early Bird $490.00 NZ


This ticket is for any person who is NOT a Member of NZSDRT Inc.

Late Fee Tickets – From the 16th April to the 15th June 2023

    • NZSDRT Inc. MEMBER – Late Fee $490.00


This ticket is for all current and financial Members of NZSDRT Inc. – Full Member, Associate Member, Friend Member, MOU Member and Life Member.

    • Non-Member – Late Fee $530.00 NZ


This ticket is for any person who is NOT a Member of NZSDRT Inc.

Other Ticket – Available until 31st May 2023

    • Graduation Dinner Ticket – $100.00 NZ


This ticket is for attendees wishing to have someone joining them for the dinner.
A Max. of 2 Tickets can be purchased per person.

Note: If you do not wish to purchase your tickets via Eventbrite, you must contact DTConference@diversionaltherapy.net.nz to request an Invoice. Your ticket must be paid in full within 10 days of you receiving the Invoice, otherwise your ticket will be released.

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