Our People

Julia Sekula

Council Chair

Kia ora koutou,

Ko Maungakiekie te Maunga, Ko Manukau te Whanga, No Tāmaki Makarau ahau, Ko Julia Sekula tōku ingoa.

I joined Council in October 2019, becoming Chair in 2020.  I have been actively involved with Dietitians NZ across my career within local branches and various sub-committees.  I am committed to ensuring equity across the work we do as dietitians and in advocating the role that we have in improving the health of New Zealanders.  As Tangata Tiriti, I am doing all that I can to be an ally to our Māori dietitians, Māori students and those we work with to help achieve this.

I bring to Council over 15 years’ experience as a Dietitian predominately in medical nutrition therapy (in Auckland, the Waikato and London) and more recently, in education at The University of Auckland.  I provide clinical leadership within the medical nutrition therapy domain of the MHSc (Nutrition & Dietetics), manage our student-led clinics and am a member of the Clinics Governance Committee; I have research interests in interprofessional education and effectiveness of practice.  I am pleased to represent our members as a Dietitians NZ Council member and encourage members to reach out at any time to myself or any of the other Council members.

Tracy Coote

Council Deputy-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 member

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.

Iris Pahau

Tikanga Mentor

Ka titiro ake au ki Te Taitokerau me ngā Iwi o Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa me Ngāti Kurī, me ōna awa, me maunga kōrero

Ka huri ake au ki Mōtītī te Motu o Ngāti Awa, ka tangi ake, ki a rātou

Ka huri ake au anō ki Taranaki maunga, ka mīharo ake

Ka tōmuri ake te titiro ki te Wanui-a-rua ki Taumarunui e noho ana au ināianei

Ko Iris Pahau ahau

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

Iris is the Director of AWE Consultants Limited and along with her late husband (Wereta Wairakau Pahau) developed a Te Tiriti Relationship Governance Framework and Te Wairua o Te Tiriti Model of practice.  Both models advocate for organisations to work within the spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi where our tupuna/ancestors, both [1]Tangata Whenua and [2]Tangata Tiriti sought to establish a true partnership where dreams and aspirations of all New Zealanders can become a reality without prejudice or discrimination.

Kia tutuki ai nga wawata i tumanakotia

[1] Tangata Whenua
Generic term for Māori comprising those with mana whenua responsibilities (Māori who are tied culturally to an area by whakapapa and whose ancestors who lived and died there), together with Taura here (Māori, resident in an area, but who belong to waka and tribes from other parts of Aotearoa/New Zealand).

[2] Tangata Tiriti
Generic term to describe people whose rights to live in Aotearoa/New Zealand derive from Te Tiriti/Treaty of Waitangi and the arrangements that the Crown has established under a common rule of law, and the equity provisions of Article 3 of Te Tiriti/Treaty.

Kath Eastwood

General Manager

Ph: (021) 104 4416
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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


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.