Good News story – 19-year-old Diversional Therapy apprentice, Nika Harley

Careerforce has just published a story about this trailblazer of a young lady, Nika Harley.
She is doing her apprenticeship through Careerforce, and is using her own initiative to come up with ways to attract other young people to the sector.
Read more about this amazing and inspirational young lady HERE


Union Information

DRTs Zoom Meeting November 2021

DRTs meeting and safe staffing considerations


Actions DRTs can take immediately are:
Sign the open letter, and pass it on to whanau/friends:



The Ronnie Gardiner Method

Introduction Course

When: Auckland, 21st and 22nd August 2021
Christchurch, 11th and 12th September 2021

Both days from 8 am – 5 pm
Costs: $255 – Employed (OT, PT, DT, other)

$185 – Self-employed, retired, student, volunteer, other
Teachers: Prof. Ngaire Kerse, (Auckland University, Auckland)

Jenny Gordon (RMTh, Auckland)
Kris Tynan (Exercise as Medicine, Christchurch)
Mariken Jaspers (Neuro-physiotherapist and RGM-trainer, Netherlands)
André de Jong (RGM-trainer, Netherlands)

Introduction Course RGM Registration Form

Meeting with NZSDRT Inc. President Orquidea Tamayo Mortera

Manawatu including Palmerston North and Feilding DT’s, Recreational Therapists, Activities Coordinators and Students

Dance – a Beneficial Intervention 

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Everyone is welcome!

An invitation to all DTs, Activities Coordinators, Activities Assistants, Recreational Therapists and interested staff to join an exciting informative session on IDEAS for SENSORY GROUPS


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A presentation by NZSDRT Inc. President Orquidea Tamayo Mortera

The Tovertafel is a fun care innovation that connects older people with each other and with their surroundings, all the while stimulating
movement. The beautiful games were developed specifically for the target group and can be played both independently and under supervision.

Technology and recreation for all ages! Everyone is welcome!


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Speaker Maverick Bill Potter – A global speaker and power coach will have 45-minute interactive presentation.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!!

Contest: In honor of Activity Professional Week January 24th-30th 2021

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NCCDP, ICCDP, NAAP and CARD have collaborated to recognize Activity Professionals week as well as the contribution that Activity Professionals and Recreation Therapists make on a daily basis to the quality of life for all they serve.

The contest is open to Activity Professionals and Recreation Therapist in the USA and around the world.

“This year has been an especially trying and stressful time and we wanted to bring a little distraction to your day and at the same time offer a fun event.”

“We held a cart contest several months ago with over 500 entries. The entries were original, well thought out and fun. Many of you wrote to us and requested another contest. In response, we teamed up with other organizations and are happy to announce this contest.”

Deadline to enter: December 23, 2020. 12:00 pm (Noon) EST. Via email ONLY.

The contest will be judged by NAAP, ICCDP and NCCDP.


Click above to have a look at what exciting webinars we have in November.



Nga Pou Mana – The soul focus is advancing and sustaining the wellbeing of Maori.

Read More Here –> Tangata Whenua Allied Health



Ronnie Gardiner Method (RGM) is a cheerful, structured, multi-sensory exercise method for the brain in which rhythm and music are used to stimulate movement, speech and cognition.

Click HERE for details.



Canine Friends and Pet Therapy

Health and Safety including Covid-19



New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreation Therapists Incorporated (NZSDRT Inc.) and  National Activity Providers Association (NAPA UK) Memorandum of Agreement (MOU)



Ministry of Social Development – Fourth Series

Music Therapy vs. Entertainment – Same or Different Values? by Jenny Gordon

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ICCDP Contest Announcement for Activity Professionals and Recreation Therapists July 2020 PDF

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WEST COAST DT Support Group to host a PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY  – 8th August !!

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NORTH SHORE SUPPORT GROUP Meeting  – 8th July !!

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TOVERTAFEL – Your choice of virtual or live demo (Auckland)

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Calling for AGM items on or before 12th June!!!

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Centre for Applied Research in Dementia

Montessori Principles for Leadership and Staff Engagement pdf

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An Aviators Journey into Aged Care pdf

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A catch up with Billie Jordan pdf

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Long Term Implications of Undiagnosed Heart Disease Webinar

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2020 AGM to be hosted via ZOOM Webinar

Click HERE to learn more about the platform and learn how to use it.



NZSDRT Inc. NOMINATION FORM  for National Executive Board and National Registration Board

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NZSDRT Inc. seeking for Registered DRTs for the board positions

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International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

Announcement: New Membership Benefit for: The New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapists




During the on-going CoVid-19 Crisis

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NORTH SHORE SUPPORT GROUP Meeting  – 8th July !!

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NORTH SHORE SUPPORT GROUP Meeting  – 8th July !!

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Let’s End Loneliness!

Kia ora

 We, as NZSDRT Inc. are a member of the New Zealand Coalition to End Loneliness. The Coalition is a growing group of non-profit organisations, businesses and researchers working together to end loneliness for individuals, in communities, and in workplaces. See our full list of members here.

This month, the Coalition is running a “Light up loneliness” campaign to raise awareness of loneliness and prompt action across Aotoearoa, and we would love your help.

Over the next month, please help us to light up loneliness in one or more of the following ways:

  • Visit the Let’s End Loneliness website to find out more about loneliness, and how you can get involved.
  • Register to join the Coalition.
  • Use the attached social media assets and text to create posts and banners on social media and email signatures.

Thank you for your support!

Together we can end loneliness one person, one community, one workplace at a time.