At a Wellington symposium about diet-related disease, three experts – two from Auckland University and one from McDonald’s Restaurants NZ – discuss how to get New Zealanders eating more healthily. They debate current issues for the food industry which could be confronted by the threat of government regulation, whether sugar tax is the answer, and how junk food firms market responsibly to children.
About the participants
Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu
Cliona is Professor of Population Nutrition at the National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland. She is Director of the HRC-funded DIET programme, which evaluates the impact of population-level diet interventions and policies, including food taxes/subsidies, front-of-pack nutrition labels, healthier food reformulation, and marketing of unhealthy food to children. Cliona is also Principal Investigator of OL@-OR@, a project to co-design and evaluate a health promoting Health programme for Māori and Pasifika, and Deputy Director of the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge.
Simon started with McDonald’s as Head of Communications in April 2011. He has responsibility for all aspects of McDonald’s external and internal communications in New Zealand and also manages McDonald’s social media, sponsorships and customer services team. Currently the chair for the council of the Association of New Zealand Advertisers, he has a Bachelor of Communications Studies from AUT.
Megan (Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea) is the Kaiwhakahaere Matua or CEO of Toi Tangata. Toi Tangata, a Māori not for profit health provider (based in West Auckland) with a particular focus on nutrition and physical activity. She has a long background in Māori public health, planning and funding and workforce development, having previously held roles at the Health Promotion Agency, Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards, Hapai Te Hauora Tapui Ltd, the Health Promotion Forum, the Ministry of Health and Whariki Research Group.
The programme for the symposium
Papers presented at the symposium
This session was recorded by RNZ in association with the Universities of Auckland and Otago, along with the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge.