Diversional and Recreational Therapy in Aotearoa New Zealand: A Snap-Shot

Authors

  • Orquidea Tamayo Mortera New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapists Incorporated
  • Nicola A. Hurst Unitec Institute of Technology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2019-V53-I3-9621

Keywords:

Aotearoa, diversional and recreational therapy, New Zealand

Abstract

This paper overviews the current state of diversional and recreational therapy as practiced in Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand is a culturally diverse western nation located in the lower South Pacific. A population analysis of Aotearoa New Zealand is offered to highlight and contextualize areas where diversional and recreational therapy may have impact. This is followed by a summary of the main theoretical principles under-pinning the practice of diversional and recreational therapy and the nature of special populations in New Zealand. Lastly the paper concludes by listing emerging and future plans to enhance diversional and recreational therapy in Aotearoa.Subscribe to TRJ

Author Biographies

Orquidea Tamayo Mortera, New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapists Incorporated

Orquidea Tamayo Mortera is a Registered Diversional Therapist in New Zealand. She is the current President for the New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapists Incorporated (NZSDRT Inc.). Orquidea led NZSDRT Inc. collaborations with Unitec in the development of the first ever Bachelor level major in Diversional Therapy in the country. 

Nicola A. Hurst, Unitec Institute of Technology

Nicola (Nikki) A. Hurst is a senior lecturer of Health and Social Development at Unitec Institute of Technology. Nikki led the development of a Bachelor level major in Diversional Therapy in 2017. Nikki has a background in child therapy, particularly with neurologically diverse persons and is a professional youth-worker and founding member of Korowai Tupu. Past publications have explored supporting gifted young people with career choice, reflective practice and modern teaching methods in the tertiary sector. 

Published

2019-08-13

Issue

Section

International Perspectives