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Our Ambassadors

CNZ Ambassadors

Thanks to our ambassadors who are helping us promote Coeliac Awareness Week annually. All of our ambassadors have coeliac disease, read their personal and inspirational stories here.


Dave Holder
Professional Rally Driver

The 28 year old,originally from Invercargill and now living in Tauranga has recently taken his rallying career international, competing with co-driver Jason Farmer in the M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta R2 in Europe. Dave was diagnosed with coeliac disease five years ago with his mother also having been diagnosed. There is no stopping this speed machine though with plenty of positives to take from their first international competition.

Charlotte Moss
Champion weightlifter

Charlotte was diagnosed at the age of 18 ten days before leaving for a weight lifting competition in New Caledonia. Three years on, Charlotte is vastly more healthy and happy recently lifiging more than 150 per cent of her body weight!! Diagnosis has helped her sports diet; she is never tempted by a piece of potentially fattening cake. 

Esther Stephens


Esther is an actress and singer based in Melbourne. Esther did theatre work before landing the role of Olivia in kiwi TV comedy/drama Go Girls. Other TV credits include Underbelly New Zealand, House Husbands, WW1 mini series When We Go To War, and The Outrageous Fortune prequel, Westside. Read her story here.


Nicola Browne

Nicola Browne, International cricketer, retired from cricket in 2010. Several months later Nicola returned to the field after being successful diagnostic with coeliac disease. Read her story here.

Robert Scott
Radio Host

Robert is a long-time favourite on The Breeze radio station. He and his son Sam have coeliac disease. He was diagnosed after experiencing chronic bloating and an upset stomach. Read his story here.

Fleur Pawsey

Winner of the Coast-to-Coast 'Longest Day' World Championship race. She was diagnosed after going to donate blood and the finger prick revealed she was severely anaemic, which lead to positive tests for coeliac disease. Read her story here.

Rachel Foreman

Rachel has worked as an actress on Shortland Street and appeared in many theatre productions including Top Girls. She was diagnosed as being a coeliac after going off a gluten free diet and feeling very unwell. Read her story here.


Food Ambassadors

Jimmy Boswell

Chef Jimmy Boswell is well known here in New Zealand and around the world as The Gluten Free Chef. He has spent years developing wonderful recipes that are gluten-free, yummy and easy to make. He released his first cookbook, The New Zealand Gluten-free Cookbook in 2015 which has been on bestselling lists and is still proving popular.

Jimmy is a real food chef and head chef at Te Waihou Bistro just of SH1 in Putaruru. He brings his understanding of safe kitchen operations to the bistro and it has become a destination for gluten-free people to dine with safety. As an allergy chef he also supports people wanting to dine with other allergies. Jimmy’s website, has over 350 GF recipes that are family friendly and will impress family and friends.

Jimmy’s website, has over 350 Gluten Free Recipes that are family friendly and will impress family and friends.


Founder and Chef of Sachie's Kitchen

Originally from Aichi, Japan, Sachie arrived in NZ as a university student in the mid 1990's.  Sachie's dream is to pass on her passion for Asian culture and cuisine by demystifying the perceived complexity of Asian Cooking, making it easily replicated at home.  Sachie's Kitchen is Australasia's largest Asian cooking school and rated as NZ's number one cooking school. 


Vanessa Baxter

Vanessa Baxter, food writer and creator of the social enterprise The Fearless Kitchen brings together her passion for food and cooking, along with a lifelong desire to give back to others. Bringing a unique cooking experience to kids in New Zealand, her programmes help children be heroes for the day, teaching them life skills, and how to be inspired with confidence and have a better chance of health and happiness.

She has published her first book The Fearless Kitchen which has won the "Gourmand award for Best TV Cookbook in NZ" and "International Book Awards and Best International Cookbook" in 2018. She has also produced a years' worth of wonderful podcast episodes with a podcast of the same title and sits on the Exec Committee of the NZ Food Writers.


Samantha Richards


Samantha was diagnosed out of the blue a week before her birthday during routine blood screening for other health reasons. Being the first in her family diagnosed with coeliac disease this came as quite a surprise. A gluten free diet has proven easier than she first thought and has reinvigorated her passion for food. In hindsight Sam can’t believe how unwell she was feeling, which she didn’t realise until she changed her lifestyle. Now she will never look back!