Beyond Nutrition | Kei tua i te kaitōtika

Wednesday 27th November 2019
Eastern Institute of Technology, Napier

Registrations close Friday 22nd November, 2019

Standard Registration: $75

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Draft Programme

0830 Conference registration
0900 Welcome address
0930 Dr Claire Smith, Research Fellow University of Otago | Food insecurity and food poverty in New Zealand
1015 Dr Geoff Kira, Senior Lecturer, Massey University | Application of matauranga Maori to get a sustainable food supply of healthy low-cost foods to Maori communities
1100 Morning tea
1130 Student presentations
1215 Professor Emeritus Elaine Rush, AUT | Food exports and imports and the impact on food security
1300 Lunch
1400 Dr Janet Weber, Senior Lecturer, Massey University
1445 Concurrent Workshops
Workshop A: Christine McBeth, Co-Founder of Nourished for Nil | Food rescue and distribution
Workshop B: Andrea Green, Programme Coordinator Garden to Table | Community garden management in Tauranga; the impact of Garden to Table on community food security
1545 Afternoon tea
1615 Student presentations
1645 Dr Helen Eyles, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland | Food pricing and its link to food insecurity
1730 Closing remarks

Guest Speakers


Professor Emeritus

Elaine Rush

Professor Emeritus Elaine Rush, MNZM, PhD, Auckland University of Technology, has diverse research expertise in the measurement of body composition, energy expenditure, physical activity, nutrition, food security and risk factors for disease. She has authored 180+ publications. Her project involvement includes Energize in preschools and primary schools, reaching more than 60000 children; and longitudinal studies of the health, growth and dietary patterns of children whose mothers’ had gestational diabetes, children in the Pacific Island Family study and children in Pune, India. She is an Associate Investigator with the Riddet Centre of Research Excellence in food and related sciences, scientific director of the NZNF and deputy editor of the BJN.


Christina McBeth

Christina McBeth is based in Hastings and is the co-founder of Nourished for Nil. Nourished for Nil was started in February 2017 when it was clear that an outlet was needed for food that was going to waste in our community. It is the Hawke's Bays biggest food rescue organisation, regularly collecting from over 50 supermarkets, catering, manufacturing, cafes and pack houses and redistributing the food to the community. She has been running the organisation for 2.5 years, which boasts over 95 personnel, and since its' inception has redirected nearly 900 tonnes of perfectly good food from landfill. She is passionate about sustainability, social action in her community and finds immense satisfaction in stopping food from ending up in landfill.


Dr Helen Eyles

Dr Helen Eyles is a public health nutritionist and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Auckland. She holds an MSc in Human Nutrition from The University of Otago and a PhD in Community Nutrition from the University of Auckland. Helen is a member of the council of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand, has 13 years’ experience in public health nutrition research, and has enjoyed several years teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition students. Helen’s research focusses on the packaged food supply, food pricing and labelling interventions, mobile health technologies, sodium and potassium intakes, and blood pressure lowering interventions. She is also the lead investigator of Nutritrack, an on-line searchable database of packaged food and beverage products available for sale at major New Zealand supermarkets and fast food restaurants.


Dr Geoff Kira

Dr Geoff Kira (Ngā Puhi) is a senior lecturer in Public Health at the School of Health Sciences, Massey University. His public health education began as a young child growing up in a family of seven, poor and a high school dropout. Geoff’s undergraduate background in exercise physiology and biochemistry prepared him at the age of 40 for a doctoral study of energy metabolism in children. Since then, he has conducted interventions in the fields of Physical Activity, Sleep (hygiene) and Nutrition (food security). He applies mātauranga Māori and science at the interface of community with a focus on health equity.


Andrea Green

Andrea Green has been living in Tauranga with her family for almost ten years. She is a keen homesteader and was working until quite recently, as a Community Gardens Manager and Regional Coordinator for Garden To Table in the Bay Of Plenty. Andrea is an enthusiastic ambassador for community growing and food resilience, with a passion for locally grown, fresh clean produce to support physical, mental and community health!

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Ciara Funnell

Ciara is Mum to three wonderfully crazy children. She completed her Bachelor of Food Science (Hons) in Ireland and her Postgraduate Diploma with Massey University. Currently, she is working towards a PhD in Maternal and Child Nutrition at Massey University. Ciara also works for Plant to Plate Aotearoa teaching children how to grow and cook with fruit and vegetables. Her dream job!


Katie Schraders

Katie is currently completing her PhD investigating Bone Health in Coeliac Disease and Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity. She previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition & Physiology and BSc Honours in Human Nutrition at Massey University in Palmerston North.


Hani Kopetschny

Hani is currently completing her PhD in exercise metabolism, and has a Postgraduate Diploma and Bachelors degree in Human Nutrition. Prior to this she had a successful career in marketing, and hopes to be able to combine marketing and research when she finally finishes studying!


Liam Kelly

Liam is a Massey University student studying a Masters of Human Nutrition after completing a bachelor of biomedical science at UNE, Australia. He is currently interested in the epidemiology of diseases associated with nutrition and hopes to enter public health initiatives in the future.


Phoebe Jarman

Phoebe has recently graduated at Massey University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Physiology. She is currently working towards a Master of Science in Human Nutrition. She has had some experience with nutrition research for industry through internships, however would like to experience other areas of community and private practice nutrition after the completion of her study.


Cherise Pendergrast

A former occupational therapist, Cherise completed a Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Human Nutrition) at Massey University in 2018. A nutritionist role was created for her at Harbour Sport in Auckland by talking to the right people. Cherise provides nutrition support and education for the Green Prescription, Active Families and Active Teens programmes in the community. She is currently working towards a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition at Massey and is passionate about working with families, particularly as she has 3 young sons of her own.


Imogen Nelson

Imogen completed a double major in human nutrition and human physiology in 2016 and is currently undertaking a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition. Her interests lie in gastrointestinal physiology and appropriate nutrition.


Jeanette Rapson

Jeanette is a NZ Registered Dietitian and currently studying towards a PhD at Massey University. Her research is investigating the impact of vegetables as first foods for infants. Jeanette also works with the Food and Nutrition team at the Heart Foundation on their Cooking Curriculum project.


Neela Bhana

Neela is currently working as a research assistant at the National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland. She previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, and Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health at the University of Otago. After working in the public health sector for a number of years, Neela returned to study in 2018 to complete a Masters of Public Health.