Nutrition and Dietetics

What do we do?

Dietitians are registered health practitioners who evaluate scientific evidence about food and nutrition, and translate it into practical strategies. New Zealand dietitians work in partnership with individuals, whanāu, communities and populations, in states of health and disease, to support optimal health and well-being.

The Dietetic Department at Hauora Tairāwhiti provides in-patient and out-patient services for people in the Tairāwhiti region. We work in a variety of settings including the hospital, outpatient clinics, as well as in the community in peoples' own homes, rest homes and health centres.

How can I get a referral?

Referrals are made by from General Practitioners (GP’s), Specialists, Nurses and fellow Allied Health workers. 

Exams and procedures:

An assessment of mental health, medication review, if any risk identified to self or others, when home based treatments and crisis respite has been unsuccessful.

The process of assessment and admission (if necessary) is designed to enable staff to work in partnership with person and their families/significant others.


Hiki Pihema - Team Leader

Christina Cullen - Senior Clinical Dietitian

Sara Bodel - Clinical Dietitian

How to get in touch:

06 869 0500 ext 8260 


Helpful websites:


Treatments and procedures related to dietetics:

•             Malnutrition

•             Enteral/Parenteral nutrition (nasogastric tube, PEG tube, IV nutrition)

•             Newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes

•             Children with food allergies or slow weight gain

•             Oncology

•             Pressure ulcers or wound healing

•             Coeliac disease

•             Diabetic patients (under the care of Secondary Diabetic services)

•             Gestational Diabetes or diabetes in pregnancy

•             Irritable Bowel Syndrome (diagnosed)

•             Gastrointestinal surgery with complex dietary requirements or modifications (gastrectomy, small bowel resections)

•             Malabsorption conditions (High output ileostomy (>1L/day), Cystic Fibrosis, Pancreatic Insufficiency, Short gut syndrome)

•             Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease)

•             Chronic renal failure stage 3-5 (not on dialysis)

•             Liver disease (cirrhosis and end stage liver disease)

•             Palliative patients where dietary modification may improve quality of life

•             Patients with multiple medical problems (e.g. COPD, Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease (stage 2 or greater), Heart Failure, Stroke, Lipid disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)



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