New Zealand's worrying fast-food trends revealed in new study

Read the NZ Herald article about newly published DIET study: five year trends in the serve size, energy, and sodium contents of New Zealand fast foods 2012-2016.

Kids’ everyday exposure to food marketing: video

Kids’Cam is a world first. The researchers used automated wearable cameras and GPS units to study the children’s world. Click here to view a video of the Kids'Cam study results.

New research shows NZ children are surrounded by junk food ads

New Zealand children are exposed to around 27 unhealthy food advertisements per day, innovative camera research from Otago and Auckland Universities reveals. Read more.

NZ kids can’t escape alcohol marketing next to bread and milk

New Zealand children are exposed to alcohol marketing on nearly every visit to the supermarket, innovative camera research from Otago and Auckland Universities reveals. Read more.

Nutrition labels improve understanding

Nutrition labels have a minor impact on New Zealand consumer healthy food choices, according to the latest study from the University of Auckland. Read more

App makes low salt and gluten-free shopping easy

Low salt and gluten-free food products will be easy to identify using an updated version of the Foodswitch smartphone app, available now, that helps New Zealanders to shop for healthy foods.

SPEND study shows foods taxes and subsidies would save lives

Health related food taxes and subsidies could improve diets and reduce deaths from diet related disease in New Zealand, according to research from the National Institute for Health Innovation.

Media Release: Starlight study starts recruiting

A media release is available to inform interested people that a nutrition labelling study called Starlight is now recruiting volunteers. Starlight is designed to compare different nutrition labels and see which of them make healthy food choices easier.

NutriSales work profiled on Food Navigator

The work of the NutriSales team showing how the combination of household food purchases and nutrition data can be used to assess population exposure to salt, saturated fat and sugar, has been profiled on Food Navigator.

Supermarkets consider sugar-free aisles

In an interview with 3 News, Cliona Ni Mhurchu advises that NZ supermarkets should consider following UK supermarket Tesco's lead in removing sugary foods from their checkouts.

Strong leadership needed in battle against bad food

NZ Doctor review Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu’s presentation at the GP CME meeting in Rotorua in June.

Improving NZ's public health and reducing health inequalities

RadioLIVE’s Mark Sainsbury talks with Cliona Ni Mhurchu on improving New Zealand’s public health and reducing health inequalities (8 June 2014). This followed a presentation she gave at the ‘Tackling Determinants, Changing Behaviours’ symposium organised by NIHI at the University of Auckland.

Nutrition in New Zealand

DIET Programme Director, Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu, is interviewed by Labour MP David Shearer on the topic of nutrition in our daily diets.

The war on sugary drinks

DIET Programme Director, Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu, is interviewed by TV3 The Nation, on the likely effects of a sugary drink tax.

DIET profiled in the NZ Herald

The research being conducted by the DIET team was profiled in the New Zealand Herald on 6 Jan 2014.

Media coverage for Kids'Cam

The Kids'Cam team received front page coverage in the Weekend Herald on 9th November 2013.  This was great coverage for this study – well done team!

Kids'Cam also received coverage on the news programme ‘7 Days’ on 15th November 2013.

DIET programme gets funded

The DIET programme of research will officially start on 1 October 2013, after receiving funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand of approximately $5 million over five years.  The DIET programme includes five projects, four of which assess the effects of promising nutrition interventions on population food purchases and diets and one of which involves simulation modelling to predict the long-term health outcomes and inequalities of those nutrition interventions.