Our People

Tracy Coote

Council Chair

I have always been passionate about the dietetic profession and building a valued workforce that is responsive to the demands of the healthcare systems in New Zealand.

I have worked across a range of healthcare settings in New Zealand & the UK. My career has included working in the community/ outpatient setting, specialist acute services & service development roles. I love to experience different ways of working and approaching problems. In recent years, I have focused on developing the leadership aspect of my career as Professional Clinical Leader at Waitematā DHB. I was President of the Auckland Branch for five years from 2014-2019 and Chaired the 2018, 75th Jubilee Conference Committee.

Brittani Beavis

Council Deputy Chair & Chair of Te Kahui Manukura o Kai Ora

Tēnā koutou e te whānau,

Ko Tararua te Maunga, Ko Ohau te Awa, Ko Tainui te waka, Ko Ngāti Raukawa te Iwi, No Taitoko ahau, e noho ana ahua ki Whakatū, Ko Brittani Beavis tōku ingoa.

My name is Brittani and I work for Te Piki Oranga Māori Wellness Service in Whakatū (Nelson). I provide dietetic counselling and education to our whānau in Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui. I am the chair of Te Kahui Manukura o Kai Ora (Māori Dietitians Rōpū) and I currently sit on the Dietitians NZ Council as the voice for Māori Dietitians in Aotearoa New Zealand. I am passionate that all our Dietitians who whakapapa Māori are supported in their career and in their journey in Te Ao Māori.

Gypsy Bullen

Council member

I currently work at Waitemata DHB as a clinical dietitian. I also work in a GP clinic providing funded dietitian consulting services for Māori, Pacific and low socio-economic patients as well as private consulting services for all patients. I joined the dietitians council as I am passionate about creating change and patient advocacy, especially speaking up for those who have less opportunity to do so. I look forward to being involved in creating change and building the dietetics profession in the future.

Tyla Goodsell-Matthews

Council member

Kia Ora kotou,

Ko Whakatangata te Maunga, Ko Rotokakahi te awa, Ko Mātaatua te Waka, Ko Te Rarawa me Ngapuhi te iwi, No Pawarenga ahau, Ko Tyla Goodsell-Matthews toku ingoa.

My name is Tyla and I am a Student Dietitian at the University of Auckland. I am honored to represent Te Kahui Manukura o Kai Ora (Māori Dietitians Rōpū) on the Dietetics NZ Council.

I hope that through my role on the council I can help make positive changes to both support current and future Māori dietitians as well as the dietetics profession moving to be more responsive to all Māori.

Within dietetics I have an interest in Māori health, clinical dietetics and sports nutrition and I am very excited to moving into the profession in the next couple years.

Reena Soniassy-Unkovich

Council member

Tēnā koutou

Originally from Mauritius, I moved to Australia to study Dietetics and started my career as a Clinical Dietitian in country Victoria. Keen to explore New Zealand, I arrived in Auckland in 2010 and Tāmaki Makaurau has been my home town ever since.

Over the years I have worked across various clinical specialities at Waitematā DHB before joining the team at Massey University to help bring to life a brand new MSc Nutrition and Dietetics degree. I lead the work-integrated learning programme and I am passionate about embedding a strong practical focus to develop work-ready and well-rounded graduates. My research focusses on maximising student learning within practice-based contexts to best equip newly qualified dietitians for professional practice and grow a profession ready to address future challenges and opportunities. I enjoy meeting lots of different dietitians and working with great collaborators in the process.

I feel very privileged to have been elected on the Council and believe that we are only as strong as we are united; sharing DNZ’s aspirations for true partnership and joint leadership with tangata whenua. I bring over fifteen years’ and a breadth of experience to the Council. I am proud to be a Dietitian and use my passion for our profession to lead positive change, striving to support our members to work to their highest potential and improve health outcomes for all.

Kath Eastwood

General Manager

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Compassionate, glass half-full and motivated to empower others to be the best that they can be.

My dietetic career has been shaped by curiosity, a desire to ‘push the envelope’ to learn & explore what might be possible and opportunities in unexpected places. I’ve worked in various specialities, with my primary focus being Sports Nutrition and supporting our athletes to win on the world stage.

Being surrounded by the goal of optimal performance gives me a unique view on the world. For me it means providing our members opportunities for personal growth and vision to support the forward momentum for our profession.

I believe it’s not about what we say or the information we provide, rather how we make you feel & the impact we have on your life.

I’m inspired by people who are the change they want to see in the world.

Daena Moller

Kaimahi

Ko Maungaroa te maunga. Ko Marokopa te awa. Ko Tainui te waka. Ko Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi. Ko Ngāti Te Kanawa te hapu. Ko Mirumiru te mārae. Ko Daena Moller tōku ingoa.

I am the Kaimahi for Te Kahui Manukura o Kai Ora. I have a Biomedical science background. I am passionate about Māori health and progressing towards a Te Tiriti o Waitangi governance model. “Nāu te rourou, nāku te  rourou ka ora ai te iwi”- With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.