Postponed May 2020 event

Due to the evolving situation and uncertainty around the coronavirus (COVID-19) we are unfortunately announcing that the May 2020 NZLM conference will be postponed until another date.

There is a not insignificant risk that this virus could be more widespread by the time of the conference. Limiting large public gatherings would be one of the first public health measures required in a quarantine situation to delay spread and pose least disruption to the health system. Therefore, to avoid the possibility of a very late and disruptive cancellation we have decided to postpone at this time which will allow maximal time for altering plans / bookings. Those who have already purchased tickets have been reimbursed, and speakers have been notified also.

We will re-appraise a suitable time in future. Please see this website or facebook for any updates.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Plant Based NZ Health Charitable Trust

Published March 4

Dr Jeremy Hapeta

MEd, BEd, PhD

Dr Jeremy Hapeta (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia) is a Lecturer from Massey University who teaches Hauora within the Physical Education Major at the College of Health’s School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition.

Jeremy is a fully registered teacher (by trade) who previously taught at Primary, Intermediate and Secondary Schools in New Zealand as well as having taught English in Japan and both PE and English in Italy.

As a Kaupapa Māori researcher Dr Hapeta is particularly interested in the use of Sport to improve the social determinants of health & wellbeing and educational achievement for Māori and Pasifika students.

Previously he acted as the Māori cultural advisor for High Performance Squash New Zealand’s elite athletes. He currently sits on the Physical Literacy Approach (PLA) Academic Reference Group for Sport NZ.

Jenny Cameron (2019 Speaker)

Grad Cert Human Nutrition (Deakin University), Grad Cert Tertiary Education (Victoria University), Grad Dip Information Services (RMIT), BA (Swinburne)

Jenny is a nutritionist and research librarian living in Melbourne. Together with her partner Dr Malcolm Mackay they run plant-based health seminars and immersion programs, give talks in their local community and offer nutrition consultations in person and via Skype. Jenny is active in running online communities to support people in their plant-based journey and is a member of the Advisory Council of the newly established charity organisation Doctors For Nutrition.

Jenny and Malcolm have created the website: as well as the Facebook page, Plant Based Health Australia.

In recent years Jenny has completed the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate (eCornell) University), the Starch Solution Certificate and level 2 Certificate in Wellness Coaching along with her university qualification in nutrition. Prior to this she worked as a librarian in the university sector for more than 20 years and continues to provide training to researchers and librarians in the use of the EndNote program in Australian and New Zealand.

Session: Sunday morning
Topic: Understanding Calorie Density: the Key to Weight Management and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet

Why is the current focus on ‘moderation’ for weight loss is not working? Jenny will cover the principles of energy density and how that intersects with the ‘pleasure trap’ making it difficult for people to lose weight. She will outline strategies for weight loss and as well as tips for active people to need to maintain their weight.

Shamiz Kachwalla (2019 Speaker)

Shamiz Kachwalla, Certified Wholistic Health & Natural Healing Counsellor from the Vibrant Health & Wealth Academy

Shamiz has had first hand experience on how to overcome disease through a plant based diet. He was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis a common digestive disorder, in May 2012 and spent 6 weeks in hospital in Japan. He discovered that a plant based diet plays a vital role in the recovery of such a disease. After being on a plant based diet and overcoming Ulcerative Colitis, Shamiz has been healthy and fit for over 6 years now.

His aim is to make people aware of how a plant based diet can cure disease, and is very passionate about spreading the message about how to stay healthy and fit.

Session: Friday
Topic: Social media – practical tips for sharing your content

Shukul and Shamiz have been running High Carb Health which involves a lot of internet appointments. In order for a modern business to succeed having a good knowledge of social media marketing is super important. Learn from those who are making a business work on how to market yourself in the era of Facebook and twitter.

Session: Saturday
Topic: Online health focusing on bowel disease

Shukul and Shamiz run a health consultancy which focuses on helping those with (in particular) bowel related disease, like inflammatory bowel disease. They examine what has made their business work and successful. They will also discuss some practical tips for working with clients online.