Dr Peter Johnston

Note this is from our 2018 conference

Dr Peter Johnston, PhD, Dietician

Peter has a long term passion for healthy eating and has been exclusively plant based for 26 years. He has a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, a Doctorate in Human Genetics, an Honours degree in Zoology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He runs a nutrition private practice: Perfect Human Food Consulting, offering individual consultations, workplace training, residential reboot programs and public speaking. He has recently run a workplace-based pilot project where a group of volunteer staff received intensive support to go whole food plant-based for three weeks – a first for Australia, and with powerful outcomes! He has recently returned from the International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference in Los Angeles.

Shukul Kachwalla

Note this is from our 2018 conference

Shukul promotes a whole food plant based diet and teaches this to clients in Auckland. His biography from his website, high carb health:

Shukul Kachwalla is a certified Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner from the University of Natural Health. His passion for health and nutrition is undeniable and he has a goal of helping people overcome sickness and improve health through healthy lifestyle practices. Shukul has recovered from severe Hayfever, Acne and Chronic Migranes and recommends a whole foods plant based diet to people who want to improve their quality of life and experience optimal health. He first came across the benefits of a whole foods plant based diet when he witnessed his brother recover from Ulcerative Colitis, a disease said to have no medical cure, via a change in diet. He is extremely passionate about spreading the message about better health.

Professor Emeritus T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Note this is from our 2018 conference

Dr. T. Colin Campbell will be skyping as our keynote speaker for our inaugural plant-based nutrition conference. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, which is one of the world’s leading nutrition departments.

Biography from his website:

For decades T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been at the forefront of nutrition education and research. Dr. Campbell’s expertise and scientific interests encompass relationships between diet and disease, particularly the causation of cancer. His legacy, the China Project, is one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”.

Dr. Campbell is the coauthor of the bestselling book The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, and author of the New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. He is featured in several documentaries including: the blockbuster Forks Over Knives, Eating You Alive, Food Matters, Plant Pure Nation and others. He is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell.

Dr. Campbell has conducted original research both in laboratory experiments and in large-scale human studies; received over 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly with NIH), served on grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy, authored over 300 research papers and given hundreds of lectures around the world.

He was trained at Cornell University (M.S., Ph.D.) and MIT (Research Associate) in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology. Dr. Campbell spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition before returning to Cornell in 1975 where he presently holds his Endowed Chair as the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Division of Nutritional Sciences.

Professor Ross Lawrenson

Note this is from our 2018 conference

Professor of Population Health, MBBS London, MD London, DRCOG, Dip.Comm Health (Otago), FP Cert, DHMSA, FAFPHM, FFPH, FRCGP.

Ross Lawrenson is Professor of Population Health at the University of Waikato and Clinical Director of Strategy and Funding for the Waikato District Health Board.

Ross is a Board member of Rural General Practitioner Network and Pharmac.
Ross was originally a General Practitioner in Wairoa before moving to the Waikato where he trained as a public health physician.

From 2005 he worked for the University of Auckland before joining the University of Waikato in 2016. His research has been on improving health care outcomes through primary care. He has undertaken research in diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer – publishing more than 150 papers.

Dr Martyn Williamson

Note this is from our 2018 conference

General Practitioner, MB BS (Newcastle UK), DRCOG, MRCGP, MRNZCGP

Dr Williamson is a general practitioner in Alexandra, Southland. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of General Practice and Rural Health with the Dunedin School of Medicine, and a member of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Dr Williamson researches in the areas of rural health service provision, role of rural hospitals, education driven changes to student attitudes to rural health, and medical education.

Nick Barbara and Glenis Philip-Barbara

Note this is from our 2018 conference

Nick and Glenis share their story

Nick and Glenis have been married for 25 years and are proud parents of 7 grown up children.

Nick is a former Staff Sergeant in the NZ Army and now works as a home handyman. Glenis was a senior public servant and now works as a management consultant and executive coach.

They started the EDGE (End Diabetes Gisborne East coast) trial in August 2017 and have reformed their lifestyle for good as a result of what they have learned. Nick has reversed his diabetes and Glenis has reduced her cholesterol to healthy levels.

As grandparents in waiting they are keen to hang around for many more years to come and enjoy life in Tairāwhiti.

Dr Patrick McHugh

Note this is from our 2018 conference

General Practitioner and Urgent care Physician, FRNZCGP, FDRHM, FCUC, Dip CE Med, Dip MS Med, Dip GU Med, MBChB, BMedSc

Dr Patrick McHugh is a University of Otago (UoO) graduate, vocationally registered in general practice, urgent care and rural hospital medicine and currently is a GP medical educator with Hauora Tairāwhiti as well as programme lead for an undergraduate interprofessional education programme with the UoO. He was a key founder of a Tairāwhiti based research trust with various published work, and has a particular interest in education, “heartfulness” and lifestyle interventions.

Morgen, Nick and Patrick, along with colleagues, have been running a community programme in Gisborne for the past several years. Their current research focuses on weight loss and diabetes.

Nick Tupara

Note this is from our 2018 conference

The Traditional Māori Diet

Nick Tupara is a established member of the Tairawhiti community having been involved with the arts scene for many years. His talk will focus on traditional Maori diets of the region as told via oral history.

Maree Scamell

Note this is from our 2018 conference

Maree’s interest for a plant based lifestyle was ignited within after being a patient on the BROAD study programme in 2014. Three years have since passed and Maree has incredible results to share from her first-hand experience. Maree’s health transformation was so captivating that she has embarked on opening Gisborne’s first entirely plant based, whole food café and restaurant – Harvest Hangout. Maree’s passion is now sharing with her community a healthier, yet delicious way of plant based eating.

Tama Koia

Note this is from our 2018 conference

Tama Koia comes from Gisborne (Ngati Porou) and has spent a large portion of his life here. He went through the plant-based diet programme known as BROAD back around 2014 and managed to improve his type II diabetes to the point where he no longer needs to use insulin. He has since become a passionate advocate of the plant-based diet and has worked with rangatahi to help promote health and wellness.