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.

Conference 2023 - Nutrition Society of New Zealand and Nutrition Society Australia


Conference 2023

The 2023 Joint Conference of the Nutrition Societies of New Zealand and Australia will be held from the 28 November to 1 December at Massey University, Albany, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. This year’s programme centres on the theme of Nutrition and Wellbeing in Oceania. Come and join us in the city of sails to connect with our nutrition whānau and share the latest in nutritional science from Oceania and beyond.

28 Nov - 1 Dec 2023, Auckland, Aotearoa

Further details are being hosted on our separate conference site

Muriel bell Lecture

At each Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society held in New Zealand, a free public lecture, is held in Muriel Bell's name. 2022 Speaker was Dr Sally McKay, who spoke on her career to date.

2022 Lecture Title: Pushing against the tide - a journey to improve food environments in Aotearoa

2022 Muriel Bell Lecture Recording

2021 Lecture Title: Lick the plate clean: the intersection of food, nutrition, and waste. by Prof. Sheila Skeaff

2021 Muriel Bell Lecture Recording

Thank you to the 2022 Conference Organising Committee

  • Assoc. Prof. Cath Conlon (Chair), Massey University
  • Prof. Pam von Hurst, Massey University
  • Dr Sally Mackay, University of Auckland
  • Dr Helen Eyles, University of Auckland
  • Dr Chrissie Butts, Plant and Food NZ
  • Dr Shabnam Jalili–Moghaddam, AUT
  • Prof. Rachel Brown, University of Otago
  • Dr. Claire Smith, University of Otago
  • Cherise Pendergrast, NSNZ
  • Luke Stanaway, Nourish App
  • Tina Buch, Heart Foundation
  • Bek Parry, Te Whatu Ora/NSNZ
  • Jeanette Rapson - Conference Co-ordinator
  • Jen Gale - Student Rep