Tūhono - Reconnecting

NOTE: 2021 Conference is now a virtual event. The full programme and speaker details is available here.

This will be an amazing two days full of science and laughter. See you there.


The Nutrition Society of New Zealand conference is the only scientific nutrition-specific conference held in New Zealand annually.  The aim of the conference is to provide a suitable national forum where local and international nutrition and health scientists, practitioners and postgraduate students can present their research to inform those working in the field, upskill, and network to develop new collaborations.

The theme for this year’s conference, “Tūhono - Reconnecting” means “to meet or come into contact again after a long absence” and is appropriate as we had to cancel last year’s conference due to Covid-19. We are looking forward to finally be bringing people together.

2021 conference will cover a range of contemporary topics specifically relevant to the health of New Zealanders including Te Tiriti o Waitangi, women’s health, the gut-brain axis, functional foods, sustainability and food sovereignty, food systems and access, and healthy food environments for children.

The conference programme will consist of 6 plenary sessions, each led by a keynote or plenary speaker and supported by submitted abstracts, a number of parallel sessions featuring oral presentations of submitted abstracts, and professional development workshops aimed at postgraduate students, early career researchers and NZ Registered Nutritionists working in Private Practice.

The organising and programme committees are comprised of Nutrition Society of New Zealand members based at the following institutions: University of Auckland, Massey University, University of Otago, AUT University, Plant and Food Research, Community and Public Health, the Heart Foundation, and Fonterra. The conference enjoys the full support of Massey University Campus in Wellington as a venue.


We look forward to seeing you there.

Professor Pamela von Hurst, PhD

Chair 2021 Organising Committee Nutrition Society of New Zealand Annual Scientific Conference