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AGM and Conference

AGM and Conference | 2018 Conference 

Saturday 23 June 2018, Skycity , Auckland

Be informed and inspired about living well gluten free, at Coeliac NZ's 44th annual conference. 

This event is open to everyone who's interested: Coeliac NZ members, others living with coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity, family members, doctors, health and nutrition professionals, and more.

We have confirmed an exciting line up of speakers that you won't want to miss!  Hear about the latest research, meet our new Ambassadors and learn tips and tricks to enjoy a gluten-free lifestyle.

About our speakers

Meet Coeliac NZ's new Ambassadors Charlotte Moss (a champion weightlifter), David Holder (a professional rally driver) and Sachie (Sachie's Kitchen).  Hear their personal story of diagnosis and learn how they stay safe, be social and continue to perform as international sports professionals.  Be inspired by their commitment to help raise awareness of the disease.


Dr Simon Chin is a consultant paediatric gastroenterologist at Starship Children’s Hospital. I am a Otago Medical School graduate and my general paediatric training was in Auckland. For advanced training in gastroenterology I spent 2 years at Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane as a clinical fellow and also 3 years at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I have been with Starship Children’s Hospital since 1994. My clinical interests are in coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. I am a member of the Coeliac NZ Medical Advisory Group.                



Dr Helen Evans has been a Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Starship Children Health since 2005. She graduated from the University of Birmingham, UK and completed her training in paediatric gastroenterology at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Helen is Head of Department for Paediatric Gastroenterology at Starship as well as Service Clinical Director for Paediatric Medical Specialities and Co-Clinical Director of the National Intestinal Failure Service. Helen’s interests lie in liver disease, transplantation, intestinal failure and coeliac disease. She leads a number of quality improvement projects one of which led her team to a Health Excellence Award in 2015 for improving the care of children with coeliac disease in Auckland. Helen also serves on the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology and a sub-committee of PHARMAC. She has an academic appointment to the University of Auckland where she partakes in teaching and research.           


Dr Kristin Kenrick is a GP, Senior Lecturer, and researcher on Coeliac Disease in the Department of General Practise and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, Otago University. Kristin will be updating us on the PhD research on the crucial role in improving rates of coeliac disease diagnosis, and in the ongoing care of patients with coeliac disease.


Dr Kirsten Coppell is a specialist in public health medicine and has also trained and practised as a general practitioner in NZ and the UK.  Kirsten is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine, University of Otago, and the NZ College of Public Health Medicine Training Programme Supervisor for the southern region.  Kirsten's research interests also include coeliac disease and the gluten-free diet.  She was responsible for undertaking the NZ Coeliac Survey.  Kirsten is the only member in her household without coeliac disease.  Her husband and both children have the disease, and she has first-hand knowledge and experience of the day-to-day challenges of living with coeliac disease.



Dr Jason Tye-Din is a Gastroenterologist who combines clinical care of patients with research. He heads the Coeliac Disease Research Lab at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, and runs a coeliac clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is undertaking studies to understand the immune and genetic basis for coeliac disease in order to develop better diagnostic tests and treatments. He chairs the Medical Advisory Committee of Coeliac Australia.

Early Bird Tickets until 31 March 2018 are $70 (Full price $75) and include:

  • Entry to the conference (featuring guest speakers in the food and medical industry)
  • Buffet lunch and afternoon tea (GF)
  • Goodie bag filled with GF products!

Purchase Conference Tickets

Tickets can be purchased:

  • Via our online store
  • By direct credit to CNZ account 03-1726-0020179-00  reference 'Your name' and 'AGM' (please also email with your details)
  • By cheque payable to 'Coeliac NZ' and posted to: Coeliac NZ, PO Box 9734, Newmarket, Auckland 1149 (please enclose your details with the cheque)
  • By cash in person at the CNZ office, 1A Kent Street, Newmarket, Auckland

Accommodation and transport

Skycity is located in Auckland's CBD and approximately 30 minutes from Auckland Airport. On-site parking is available at Skycity for $20 with taxis and buses also readily available.

There are plenty of accommodation options available within walking distance of Skycity. For a full list of suggestions email

Make a weekend of it!

Auckland is a great city in which to spend a weekend away.