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AGM and Conference

2017 Conference & AGM

Saturday 29 July 2017, Riccarton Park Conference Centre, Christchurch

Be informed and inspired about living well gluten free, at Coeliac NZ's 43rd annual conference and AGM. 

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.


Tania Clifton-Smith: Breathe well to be well

Breathing comes naturally to all of us – but when your body is dealing with the stress of coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity, and necessary lifestyle changes, you need extra tactics to get back to optimum health, energy and wellbeing. Breathing well is the first step, and highly experienced specialist physiotherapist Tania Clifton-Smith will explain how. She covers what breathing does, what happens when breathing patterns are altered form the normal pattern at rest and how you can manage it with practical tools, and how to listen to your body.

Dr John Croese: Parasites, diet and coeliac disease – a back-to-the-future clinical trial

We all know that our genes are very important in deciding who gets coeliac disease, but this does not explain why it and many other immune conditions are becoming so common. Dr John Croese’s presentation explains why coeliac disease is now affecting many more Kiwis than just 20 years ago, and why the current Australian and New Zealand trial using hookworms to tone down immunity might restore tolerance to gluten. The trial opened for enrolment last month and places have been filling in both Christchurch and Queensland. Several participants have been inoculated with their new “friends” and will soon start adding gluten to their diet.

Fiona Fleming: Food labelling - the gluten-free dilemma, decoding labels and how standards change

Reading food labels is practically a full-time occupation for those with coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity. But the dilemma for the food industry is that what “no detectable gluten” means has changed over the years in Australia and New Zealand – so how has that affected manufactures and suppliers who wish to provide compliant products to consumers following a gluten-free diet? Fiona Fleming will discuss this, and provide guidelines on how to decode a Nutrition Information Panel. She will shed light on how food standards change, and how food labelling has improved in recent years in the context of international progress.

Dr Jason Tye-Din: Challenges in being a coeliac, and how new research might help you

Coeliac disease is now recognised as one of the most common autoimmune-like illnesses in existence but is still commonly undiagnosed and its management often suboptimal. Dr Jason Tye-Din will cover some of the common management challenges faced by people with coeliac disease and how research is offering hope and new solutions. An update on the ‘Coeliac Vaccine’ will be provided.

Anna and Samantha Richards: Navigating the gluten-free web 


About our speakers

Tania Clifton-Smith is a specialist physiotherapist, and the co-founder of the Breathing Works clinics and the BradCliff Breathing Method®. She comes from a background in physical education, physiotherapy and more recently studying MindBody Medicine at AUT Auckland. She is considered a national and international authority in the assessment and treatment of breathing dysfunction and breathing pattern disorders.

Dr John Croese is an Australian gastroenterologist with a long interest in hookworm biology, the role of parasites in causing disease, and how parasites may be important in preventing modern conditions such as coeliac disease and obesity. His other interests are bowel cancer prevention, hiking and family. Methven has been his family’s second home for 30 years.

Fiona Fleming is a director of FJ Fleming Food Consulting, and an advisor in policy and regulation for the Australian Food and Grocery Council. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the food industry in the areas of dairy, seafood, cereal-based foods, smallgoods, tea, simmer sauces and pastes, ingredients and infant formula. Fiona consults in the areas of food policy and regulation, recall and crisis management, and food safety and quality. Fiona currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Healthy Kids, and a member of Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia. 

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.

Anna Richards is a New Zealand dietitian well known for her specialist work in allergy and intolerance in children and adults. She has specialist skills in paediatric nutrition and dietetics, and a unique understanding of family and child nutrition issues. She will be presenting with her daughter Samantha, who has coeliac disease.

Tickets are $70 and include:

  • Entry to the conference (featuring guest speakers in the food and medical industry)
  • Morning tea, buffet lunch and afternoon tea (GF)
  • Complimentary glass of wine
  • Goody bag filled with GF products!

Purchase AGM 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 302717, North Harbour, Auckland 0751 (please enclose your details with the cheque)
  • By cash in person at the CNZ office, 11/44 William Pickering Drive, Rosedale, Auckland 0632

Accommodation and transport

Riccarton Park is located only 8 minutes from Christchurch International Airport and 15 minutes from the city centre. Free on-site parking is available at the venue and taxis and buses are also readily available. For bus routes, visit

There are plenty of accommodation options available within walking distance of Riccarton Park, and also within the CBD and near the airport. For a full list of suggestions email

Make a weekend of it!

Christchurch is a great city in which to spend a weekend away. Regarded as the 'gateway to the South Island', it has a wide variety of activities to cater to all personalities. There's skiing and rafting, wineries and gardens and even whale watching. Check out what you can do on your visit at

Report from the 2016 AGM & Conference

The 42nd Coeliac NZ Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 25th June at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel in Wellington. It was a full day event with 5 guest speakers including gastroenterologist Jason Tye-Din, chef Elizabeth Marshall and dietitian Anna Richards. 

To download any of the presentations, go to our Conference Presentation page. 

Thanks also to General Manager Carl Sunderland who MCed the day, Karen Little who coordinated a flawless event, and our manufacturing partners who supplied gluten-free items for our goody bags and gift hampers.