This is our first in-person conference in four years.

We’re really looking forward to meeting you all!

Due to demand, we have opened up a few Last Minute Tickets for our Conference.
There are 2-day tickets available, along with Sunday only tickets.
Please email us if you have any queries.

Not an NMHNZ member? No problem. Non-members are welcome!


ALL 2-day tickets include the Awards Dinner. There will be limited 1-day tickets available – these do not include the dinner!

  • NMHNZ Members, 2-day = $355
  • NMHNZ Members 1-day $195
  • NMHNZ Student members, 2-day = $255
  • NMHNZ Student member, 1-day $155
  • NMHNZ Non-members, 2-day = $455
  • NMHNZ Non-member, 1-day = $245
  • NMHNZ Student Non-members, 2-day $355
  • NMHNZ Student non-member, 1-day $195
  • Additional Awards Dinner Tickets $75 pp (for partners or 1 day ticket holders)

Venue & Accommodation:

We’ve got the Guineas Ballroom the Ellerslie Events Centre in Auckland for the Main Event this year

  • If you’re looking for accommodation the Ibis, Ellerslie has offered us a great discount. King sized rooms available!
  • Please check out the details HERE.
  • There are some spaces for self-contained campers. Please email the events team for more information.


We’re now CLOSED to any further sponsorship applications. Please keep an eye out for our 2024 details.


We’ve confirmed our Keynote speakers (Sharon Erdrich & Erin Lovell Verinder) along with some amazing International speakers who will be joining us in person this year – we’ve got Prof Kerry Bone, Dr Heather Came-Friar, Dr Christine Houghton and also Dr Denise Furness.

Our plenary sessions are now booked in (check the PROGRAMME page) with a fantastic line up of speakers. Some of the times may change due to flight arrivals & departures. 

Our conference attracts a high calibre of presenters from New Zealand, Australia, and the rest of the world.  NMHNZ sets a high standard of professionalism for natural health conferences in Aotearoa New Zealand.  The NMHNZ annual conference is a significant event in the continuing education of our members. It also provides a networking opportunity where members can gather together from all parts of Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.


What does successful aging mean, as we age into our sixties, seventies, eighties and beyond? This conference will explore, from philosophical, wholistic, and clinical viewpoints all aspects of being ‘older’ in the twenty-first century. The presentations and discussions will be designed to help you discover the new paradigm for natural healthcare, which is one of ageing in place and living well.

This theme explores all aspects of successful and healthy aging. Our 2023 conference will bring together both New Zealand and overseas speakers to review the latest in evidence-based findings and understanding. The conference is designed to provide you with practical education and new ideas, so that you can support more successful aging in your clients. Optimal aging occurs throughout the life cycle, but is possible in every decade. Five essential components of a successful and healthy later life have been identified: physical functioning; cognitive functioning; independence; social engagement; and satisfaction with life.

The aim of this conference is to guide practitioners in the prevention, assessment and management of health conditions that affect men and women across different decades of aging. As naturopaths and medical herbalists it is our professional responsibility to reduce the obstacles and barriers to holistic health. We can assist our clients in navigating any challenges of aging with strength and resilience.



Dr Denise Furness

Your Genes and Nutrition

Dr Denise Furness

“Understanding methylation and biological ageing: A pilot study”

Dr Furness is an award winning medical researcher, international speaker and author. Also a CSIRO trained Molecular Geneticist (think of her as a Holistic Geneticist). Dr Furness has been working in the field of nutritional genomics and personalised health for almost 20 years. In 2012 she founded Your Genes & Nutrition and began working with integrative G.Ps and learning about functional medicine.

1. 2003-2007: Doctor of Philosophy, CSIRO Human Nutrition and The University of Adelaide Medical School, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Folate nutrigenomics and DNA methylation in pregnancy). 2. 2007-2012: NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow, The Robinson Institute, Research Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide (Nutrigenomics Research Leader) – currently an associate – still publishing 3. 2012 – current: Founded “Your Genes and Nutrition” started as a brick-and-mortar integrative medicine clinic in Melbourne, now a virtual clinic. 4. Published multiple papers in peer revived journals – Furness DL et al. One-carbon metabolism enzyme polymorphisms and uteroplacental insufficiency. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 – this paper won the international SMFM “Award of Research Excellence” in Dallas, Texas at the Annual SMFM conference. 5. Elected faculty member ACNEM, lecturing on various topics relating to epigenetics and genetics.

Erin Lovell Verinder

Erin Lovell Verinder

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Herbalist, Nutritionist, Energetic Healer, Author, Mentor

“Extending our Reach – how we can get our knowledge, experience, and herbs out into the wider community”

Walking the plant path, Erin is a woman in tune with the natural world. On a full hearted mission to educate, assist and up-level how we can all heal with the rhythms of nature, through the bounty of plant medicine and gentle innate interventions to unearth thriving health and wellbeing.

Erin is a Best Selling author & teacher. Her books are “Plants for the People” and “The Plant Clinic”.

We’ll have the opportunity for a Q & A session with Erin after her talk. Our Community Clinic volunteers will also be giving us an update on their experience with setting up & running these clinics in Hawkes Bay.

Professor Kerry Bone


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“Functional Herbal Therapy (FHT) and Age-related Cognitive Decline (ARCD)”

Professor Kerry Bone is the co-founder and innovation driver at MediHerb, where he serves as Director of R and D. He regularly lectures in Australia and overseas and is a prolific author, with seven published herbal medicine texts and over 40 scientific papers on herbal research. His most recent book, on Functional Herbal Therapy, was published in 2021. In 2015 Kerry’s lifelong contribution to the field of herbal therapy was recognised with the Lady Cilento award, and in 2022 he was awarded for an outstanding contribution to herbal medicine by the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (Australia). Kerry maintains a busy herbal and naturopathic practice in Toowoomba, Queensland where he has been in continuous service for 38 years.

Dr Christine Houghton


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Dr Christine Houghton PhD.,BSc.,Grad.Dip,Hum.Nutr.,R.Nutr.

“Key Dietary Factors to Future-Proof Childhood Health”

Dr Christine Houghton enjoys a fulfilling and varied career in Nutritional Medicine spanning several decades. Her influential work in translational research remains at the forefront of this rapidly-evolving profession. A Registered Nutritionist with three decades’ clinical experience, Dr Houghton holds a PhD in Nutrigenomics and a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland, together with a Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition from Deakin University, Victoria. She is the Founder and Faculty Head of the Institute for Nutrigenomic Medicine and is the CEO of Cell-Logic, a research-based developer and manufacturer of clinically-relevant nutrigenomic formulations. Her research projects include the application of phytochemicals in human gut, brain and metabolic health, foundation principles that underpin the Gut Ecology & Metabolic Modulation (G.E.M.M.) Protocol and the evidence-based clinician series, Conversations in Nutrigenomic Medicine. A regular speaker at Australian and international conferences, she is an engaging speaker whose evidence-based presentations often challenge existing paradigms. In acknowledging the many valuable roles played by food components in human health, she has convened the Cell-Logic International Symposium, entitled, “The Secret Language of Food – Decoding Nature’s Healing Signals”, to be held in Brisbane Australia in November, 2023.

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