Dr Bevan Erueti - PhD, MEd, BEd, DTchg, PGDip.BTchg.

Associate Dean Māori College of Health / Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences 

Iwi Affiliations:  Taranaki, Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Dr. Bevan Erueti (Taranaki, Te Ati Haunui-ā-Papārangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is a qualified secondary school teacher and specialised in the teaching of Health, Physical Education and introductory te reo Māori.  His learning, teaching and research interests are in sport, physical activity and nutrition and the ways in which they can be integrated to advance Māori perspectives of human and environmental health sociology, especially to enhance notions of cultural identity, geographical connection and environmental sustainability. 

He is the Assoc. Dean Māori (ADM) for the College of Health located within the Office of the PVC Prof. Jill McCutcheon, to assist, guide and encourage Massey University’s Te Tiriti-led strategy in collaboration with the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Māori, Prof. Meihana Durie. 

This role also involves developing Māori cultural competency and change among academic staff, advancing the universities Māori academic and research agenda and most pertinently to improve Māori student support structures from entry to completion.  He is currently involved in three major projects; two National Science Challenges (Ageing Well and NZ’s Biological Heritage) and a collaborative evaluation project led by Sport NZ.  

Christina McKerchar (Ngāti Kahungunu, Tūhoe,Ngāti Porou)

Christina is a lecturer in Hauora Māori for the Department of Population Health, University of Otago, Christchurch.  She recently completed her PhD that explored food availability for tamariki Māori informed by a rights based approach.  Her presentation is based on her PhD and discusses how a rights-based approach that takes into account Te Tiriti and tikanga Māori could be used to improve nutrition outcomes for Māori.






 Dr Megan Ogilvie - Endocrinologist

Megan is a reproductive endocrinologist working at both Fertility Associates and the Auckland District Health board.  Megan has been part of WHISPA since 2017.  WHISPA is a High Performance Sport initiative – healthy women in sport, a performance advantage.  Megan has a strong interest in energy deficiency and energy balance in athletes, menopause, osteoporosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. In this presentation she will present alongside Dane to discuss the increasingly common diagnosis of the athlete triad or relative energy deficiency in sport.  What this is and how it presents.  We will discuss how the nutritionist can be part of the multidisciplinary team supporting a person’s recovery. 



Dane Baker - Performance Dietitian (NZRD)

Dane Baker is a New Zealand registered dietitian who has worked extensively with leading athletes and sporting organisations internationally and in New Zealand including the Chiefs and Blues rugby teams, Football Ferns, NZ Men’s Hockey team, NZ Swimming and Black Ferns 7’s teams. Between 2010-2020, Dane was Senior Performance Nutritionist with High Performance Sport New Zealand. 

As a performance dietitian, Dane is a key part of Axis (Sports Medicine Specialists). He is part of the multidisciplinary team WHISPA (Women’s Health, a Performance Advantage), a dedicated group of specialists working to optimise female health and performance through research and education. He also works closely with Fertility Associates. 

Dane is a professional fellow and lecturer at the University of Otago where he is involved with numerous research projects. He specialises in working with patients suffering from RED-S, fertility issues, osteoarthritis and diabetes.

Jasmin Jackson - Lead Advisor, Nutritionist, Ministry of Education.

Jasmin leads the nutrition team for the Ministry of Education’s lunch in schools programme, Ka Ora, Ka Ako, which provides a healthy lunch to 200,000 tamariki every school day.  During her career, Jasmin’s focus as a public health nutritionist has been on improving food systems, promoting sustainable diets, food sovereignty and feeding tamariki.  

Prior to joining the Ministry in October 2020, she had worked on public health nutrition initiatives on behalf of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, and contributed to the establishment of social enterprises related to kai. These included Ka Pai Kai Rotorua and Ka Pai Kai South Waikato, which aim to make healthy kai affordable and to nourish the minds of tamariki in school.  Through her various roles in public health she also supported the establishment of Kai Rotorua, a volunteer organisation that seeks to reconnect whānau and tamariki to Papatūānuku through kai, and contributes to food sovereignty in the Bay of Plenty.  

Dr Nick Smith - Riddet Institute


Dr Nick Smith is a Research Officer at the Riddet Institute, New Zealand’s Centre of Research Excellence in food science and nutrition, hosted by Massey University.

Nick has a background in mathematical modelling, undertaking his PhD using predictive models to examine dynamics in the human intestinal microbiome. Nick’s current research is part of the Sustainable Nutrition Initiative at the Riddet Institute, developing the DELTA Model: a world-leading model to investigate sustainable nutrient production and what is possible, practical and optimal from the global food system. 


 Dr Brent Clothier

Brent Clothier is a Principal Scientist with Plant & Food Research, and an Adjunct Professor at the New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre of Massey University, the School of Agriculture & the Environment at Lincoln University and the China Agricultural University in Beijing, China. Brent is President of the New Zealand Royal Society-Te Apārangi.

Brent has published papers on the movement and fate of water, carbon and chemicals in the root-zones of primary production systems, irrigation allocation and water management, plus sustainable vineyard and orchard practices, including adaptation strategies in the face of climate change.  He also published on life-cycle assessment, carbon and water foot-printing, environmental policy, investment into ecological infrastructure, plus natural capital quantification and the valuation of ecosystem services. Brent has been, or is still involved in water-related aid and development projects in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, as well as in the Middle East, China, and Africa.

Dr Cristina Cleghorn, University of Otago, Wellington

Cristina is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington. Cristina is a Public Health Nutrition Researcher with a strong interest in sustainable diets and the prevention of chronic disease through diet. Her current research is focused on modelling the health and greenhouse gas emission impacts of dietary interventions that could be implemented in NZ. This work includes consulting with key stakeholders on what a sustainable diet could look like for NZ and what kinds of interventions are likely to be acceptable, feasible and effective in shifting our diets towards more sustainable intakes.




Tracey Bear

Tracey is currently a PhD student with Massey University and Riddet Research Institute, and based at Plant & Food Research. She is researching and will be speaking to Nutrition and Mental Health - the gut brain axis.






Dr Jocelyn Eason - Plant & Food Research

 Dr Jocelyn Eason has over 25 years of experience practicing and leading research in the field of postharvest senescence and genetically programmed cell death. She has developed and implemented quality control processes for premium vegetable products in order to maintain high nutritional composition through to the consumer, and implemented a web-based communication strategy for nutrition and health benefits of vegetables in Australia.

Jocelyn leads Plant & Food Research’s Food Innovation portfolio, which comprises approximately 120 researchers. They investigate human responses to food, the influence of food on health and wellness, and develop nutritionally-rich functional foods. A recent focus has been strengthening the value proposition for plant-based foods for New Zealand.

Dr Pramod Gopal- Plant & Food Research

Pramod Gopal is the Science Group Leader for Food Nutrition and Health Group at Plant and Food Research Institute based in Palmerston North, New Zealand. His current research interests of  include understanding the role of human gut microbiome in health, investigation of food-microbiota interactions and downstream physiological consequences, analysis of metagenome and metabolome in order to elucidate mechanisms involved in imparting health benefits, development of plant based functional ingredients and foods for gastrointestinal and immune health benefits with particular focus on pediatric and elderly nutrition. Before joining his current position Pramod worked as a Principal Research Scientist at Fonterra Research and Development Centre where he initiated, established and led company’s research and development programme in the field of probiotics for 20 years. Research programme produced both excellent science (over 50 peer reviewed publications with two) and development two commercially successful proprietary and patented probiotic strains. Pramod’s research leadership and contributions to the field of probiotics was recognized by WHO/FAO when they invited him to be part of expert panel for setting guidelines and evaluation of health and nutritional properties of probiotics in food. Pramod received his Ph.D in Biochemistry from University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and spent four years as a post-doctoral research fellow at University of California, Berkeley.