Reena Soniassy-Unkovich

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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.