Pumpkins are actually a fruit not a vegetable.
Decaffeinated coffee is not caffeine-free.
A cluster of bananas is called a hand;
a single banana is a finger.
Onion is Latin for large pearl.
Fresh fruit is a better snack than dried fruit.
The term “superfood” is a misnomer.
The stickers on apples can be eaten, too.
About 75% of the fat in an avocado is monounsaturated.
A tablespoon of soy sauce can contain
up to 1,000 mg of sodium.
It is recommended that adults eat
less than 1,600 mg of sodium a day.
Fresh fruit, vegetables, and unsalted nuts
are practically sodium-free.

2017 Annual Meetings of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand

2017 Nutrition Society of NZ Conference day

The Nutrition Society of NZ invites members to attend a free one-day event that will incorporate Professional Development, the AGM, scientific presentations and updates from the Joint Annual Scientific Meeting of the NSA & NSNZ (being held in Adelaide in November).

Details of the Event

Date: Friday 8th December
Time: 9-4:30
Location: Hintons Vineyard and Function Venue, Christchurch
Hintons is just 1.5km from Christchurch Airport. If you cannot walk this we can arrange for you to be collected if you provide arrival details.


9am-> Registration over coffee/chat and catch-up
10-11am Scientific presentations * Highlights from Adelaide
11-1pm AGM
1-2pm Lunch (provided) with Posters
2-4pm PD Session on Motivational Interviewing skills (see below for more details)
4pm Prizes/Thank you
4:30pm End

To register to attend and/or to submit an abstract or a desire to have a poster at lunchtime please email:

Professional Development Presenter
Mark Wallace-Bell Ph.D RN

Hello, I am a New Zealand registered nurse and a former chartered health psychologist in the UK. I am also a lecturer in Health Sciences at Canterbury University where I teach two post-graduate papers on Motivational Interviewing (MI). I am a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). I am passionate about improving the quality of practitioner’s interpersonal skills. My research on MI is in the areas of MI training, and investigating the relationship between MI skill development and client change talk. My other research interests include the impact of MI on adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes, the use of MI and MI buddies to increase physical activity and the use of MI to motivate young women to stop smoking in a young parent college setting. I am also leading a collaborative project with South Island PHOs called ‘Motivating Conversations’ which is a peer to peer educational approach to developing MI skills in primary care.

The 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of NZ is being held in Adelaide as a part of the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Clinical Nutrition. More details are available here: