Orquidea Tamayo Mortera


Tēnā koutou katoa,

Greetings members, many of you already know me as Orquidea (Spanish for Orchid). I was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, I am a Mexikiwi – Aotearoa has been my home for the last 13 years. I don’t have children, but I do have a fantastic husband Luis Soto who was born in Costa Rica.

I am the current President for NZSDRT Inc. and my current portfolios include and are not limited to; International Relations, Public Awareness and Education. I am passionate about Diversional and Recreational Therapy and I strongly believe the job we do is fundamental to enhance the quality of life of human beings across the globe. I love learning and sharing my knowledge with others. I have a BA on International Relations & Human Rights, studies in Health Promotion, many other national and international certifications, and currently trying hard to complete my Master’s. I have won a few national awards for my DRT input in NZ and my work has been recognized in the health care sector. I have also published a few articles and I am a board member and trustee of different organisations in NZ and internationally. I also hold a few memberships for organisations relevant to our field in NZ and overseas and I have my own consultancy, which I use to do a lot of pro bono DRT work – but I also have a full-time job as the National Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for Summerset Group Holdings.

I am a fun-caring human whom loves making friends and connecting people. I consider myself a networker. There is still a lot of work to be done in our field and I believe the experience and skills I have can enhance NZSDRT Inc. work to keep growing and reaching higher places for our profession to get the recognition it truly deserves.

Ngā mihi nu



International Relations

Public Awareness

Cultural Awareness



Public Awareness


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