Loneliness NZ

Share on …


Loneliness NZ is structured with a Board of Trustees who govern the Trust, and a group of Advisers who provide pro bono specialist expertise to Loneliness NZ.

Loneliness NZ would like to express our gratitude to our current advisers.

Professor Philip S. Morrison

Academic adviser

Professor Philip S. Morrison is a leading urban geography researcher at Victoria University of Wellington.  His expertise includes loneliness across all age groups; and the geography of “happiness” – the impact of place on subjective wellbeing.

Philip continues to add to his significant record of productive scholarship of more than one hundred research papers, reports, and conference proceedings. 

Philip is Chair of the Third International Conference on Wellbeing and Public Policy in Wellington, September 2018.

Publications of Professor Morrison and that of his student, Rebekah Smith, which are currently most relevant to loneliness in New Zealand, have been summarised on our site:

His qualifications include an MA, Victoria University of Wellington, and a PhD, University of Toronto. Philip received the New Zealand Geographical Society Distinguished Geographer Award in  2013.

Lisa Rudolphe

Fundraising adviser

Lisa Rudophe has over 10-years experience as a professional fundraiser for non-profit organisations.  She is the Head of Development for the Auckland Museum, and was previously Head of Sponsorship and Fundraising. Lisa is responsible for general management and delivery of all strategy, development and fundraising activity and management of stakeholders on behalf of Auckland Museum. She manages large volume programmes with portfolios including trusts and grants, capital campaigns, bequests, membership development, sponsorship and individual giving.

Prior to Auckland Museum, Lisa was Manager Fundraising Special Events for the Cancer Society.  

In 2015 she won the prestigious FINZ (Fundraising Institute of NZ) Supreme Excellence Award for Fundraising.  She has also been winner of the 2015 FINZ Trust and Grants Excellence Award and winner of the 2017 FINZ Excellence in Sponsorship award.

Orquidea Mortera

Diversional Therapy adviser
Orquidea Mortera is a highly passionate person. She is keen to share her knowledge and skills to bring positive outcomes that can benefit people through Diversional and Recreational Therapy. Orquidea’s substantial experience as a Diversional Therapist in the healthcare and seniors aged care sector has led her to the appointment as President of the New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapist Inc since August 2018.

Orquidea is currently with the Selwyn Foundation Group. Here she introduced the very successful Baby Buddies community outreach programme, where the Selwyn’s care home residents host mums and their babies and toddlers each week. Amongst many other positive outcomes, having these meaningful interactions helps alleviate social isolation for residents and mothers alike.

The New Zealand Aged Care Association has well-recognised Orquidea; she was the winner of the 2017 Community Connections Award, and a finalist for several awards in preceding years. Orquidea was also amongst the regional medallists for the 2017 Kiwibank New Zealand local hero of the year.

Orquidea has a Bachelor in International Relations (Human Rights) from the Mexican Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla. She is currently registered with Unitec, participating in the Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Diversional Therapy), as the first pilot program with a major in Diversional Therapy, the only of its kind in NZ.