Dietitian Information

Our Village Health team includes an on-site NZ Registered Dietitian, trained in providing personalised nutrition advice to suit your lifestyle and to help you reach your goals.

Food is a part of our everyday lives, and as a dietitian I embrace this fully. I enjoy promoting food as something to enjoy, however I also recognise the important part food plays in our both our physical and mental health. I can tailor advice to suit you, and am committed to supporting you along your journey.

Please see our dietitian services offered here.

Making Healthy Choices

Meet our Dietitian

Leanne Curgenven
Leanne Dec 2019

"I love helping people to learn about the world of food. I have always liked the term ‘everything in moderation’, although I understand it is harder and harder these days to implement this philosophy with the enormous range of food and beverages we are faced with every day. I believe many ‘diets’ overcomplicate our view of food. So often we hear conflicting messages in the local newspaper, magazines, on radio as to what foods are going to make us fitter, faster or stronger. Let’s enjoy our food and not let it rule our lives, let’s let the research lead the way, and most importantly, let’s think about what we want out of life. If you think you are at a standstill and you want to talk over ways to improve your nutrition, I am here for you."

Contact Leanne at

Dietitian Services

  • Weight Management including malnourishment
  • Gut health – e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) including low FODMAP group education, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), diverticulosis, coeliac disease and food intolerances
  • Nutrient Deficiencies
  • Pregnancy and Women’s Health 
  • Childhood Nutrition - fussy eating, constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Health
  • COPD and emphysema

If you would like to know more, please call 03 3388595 or email at

Pre-Appointment Forms

Please complete the Food Diary and the Pre-Appointment Questionnaire before the dietitian appointment. Please try to drop the forms off or email them back to us as soon as you can so they can be reviewed before your appointment.

Click on the links below to access the forms you need:

Pre-Appointment Questionnaire

Please complete this form to help us help you.
Click HERE

Food & Symptom Diary

Please complete the Food & Symptom Diary if you are seeing the Dietitian for gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. IBS, tummy pain or bowel related).
Click HERE

6-Day Food Diary

Please complete the 6-Day Food Diary for any other reason you are seeing the Dietitian.
Click HERE

Payment options

If you have a disability allowance and would like to see Leanne, you can ask your GP at one of your regular appointments to apply to WINZ to have your disability allowance adjusted to reflect this. This means your dietitian visits can be covered by WINZ if the GP considers them beneficial to your ongoing care.

Automatic payments can be set up and accounts paid off at as little as $5 per week.

After you get the ball rolling, seeing the dietitian every 1, 2 or 3 months may be all that is needed to stay on top of changes.

Dietitian Fees

Unenrolled Patients with Village Health:
Service Time Description Price
Initial Consultation 60 mins Includes a dietary assessment, a summary of your consult emailed to you, personalised goals, and a letter to your GP outlining the consult (if required) $115
Follow-up Consultation 30 mins Includes further goal setting, review of current goals and further discussion as required $60
Village Health's Dietitian Package 120 mins This package includes 1 x initial and 2 x follow up consultations, saving you $20! $215
Enrolled Patients with Village Health:
Service Time Description Price
Initial Consultation 45 mins Includes a dietary assessment and personalised goals led by you. $75
Follow-up Consultation 30 mins Includes further goal setting, review of current goals and further discussion as required $50
Prescription Consultation (Instead of a Dr Appointment) 30 mins We cover lifestyle choices beneficial for your health condition/s, personalised goal setting, blood pressure check, and you get your regular medications script from your GP! Ask your GP on your next visit if this would suit you. $49 (Price of a GP consult)

Follow-up appointments are highly recommended so that we can fully support you in achieving your goals.


Nutrition Blog

Check out our blog below and see what is going on in the vast world of nutrition!

Diabetes Classes

By Leanne Curgenven | July 11, 2019

Village Health presents a 3 part interactive series for people with Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, run by our very own Dietitian Leanne! Click HERE or read on for further information. This event will be held upstairs in our brand new building at Village Health, 30 Lincoln Road. Classes begin at 5.45pm and will finish approximately 6.45pm. The first class – held … Read More

Coeliac Awareness Week, 10 – 16 June 2019

By Leanne Curgenven | June 10, 2019

This week is ‘Coeliac Awareness Week’ in NZ. Approximately 1 in 70 New Zealanders have coeliac disease, and up to 80% of those are unaware they have the condition! Increasing awareness is important for both diagnosis and increasing our knowledge on what a gluten free diet is. Someone close to me personally has coeliac disease – she recently had dinner … Read More

World Milk Day!

By Leanne Curgenven | May 31, 2019

Happy World Milk Day for the 1st June! With World Milk Day being tomorrow, I thought this would be an udderly fantastic opportunity to share some milky facts, talk about bone health and spread the dairy knowledge… Cow’s milk is packed with nutrients, and plays a vital part in many of our diets. So first off, what nutrient goodies does … Read More

Making Small Changes

By Leanne Curgenven | May 20, 2019

Whether we think about it or not, we have all made changes for better or worse over our lifetimes. Most of the time, these changes occur without us even realising they are happening – especially the ‘bad’ ones! Whether you’re trying to cut down on some indulgences, get fitter, socialise more, or even learn an instrument – the number one … Read More

Vitamin C & The Common Cold

By Leanne Curgenven | May 7, 2019

As winter steadily approaches, our noses tend to drip a little more and the trusty Vitamin C tablets come back out of the kitchen cabinet. But how useful is vitamin C when it comes to the common cold, and is it worth its hefty price? Vitamin C plays a role as an antioxidant, assists in wound healing, increases iron absorption … Read More

Mindfulness, Not Mindlessness

By Holly Horner | November 14, 2018

It’s fair to say we live busy lives. We go from one thing to the next – whether it’s our jobs, relationships, children, houses, finances… the list goes on! Being mindful in the way we live, interact with people and food can be a way of dealing with all that life stress that just seems to build up. Mindfulness? Mindfulness … Read More

Feeding Your Gut with Fibre

By Holly Horner | September 2, 2018

Feeding Your Gut with Fibre As a population, we do not eat enough fibre in our diets, and getting a mixture of the different types of fibre is another important consideration. But before we even discuss the food sources, it’s important to first understand: what is ‘fibre’, why is it important, and then; what does eating more actually look like? … Read More

10 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

By Holly Horner | July 25, 2018

We all have cholesterol in our bodies, it’s when we have a little too much cholesterol in our body that we can start to get concerned. Too much cholesterol builds up inside our arteries, blocking the blood flow and increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke. NOTE: This advice is a part of a healthy lifestyle, and does not just … Read More

Ever wondered how following a low GI eating plan might benefit you?

By Holly Horner | April 2, 2018

Low GI Ever wondered how following a low GI eating plan might benefit you? Just like with other areas of life, it’s good to have a plan – a financial plan (whether that just means paying your bills on time), an entertainment ‘plan’ (making time for things you enjoy, no matter how small)… you get the idea. An eating plan … Read More

More of this, less of that for managing cholesterol

By Holly Horner | March 27, 2018

Here is an easy guide for which foods you should seek out and which to avoid to help lower your cholesterol. Increase your intake of: Food Why What Fish Omega 3’s – consumption associated with better cardiovascular disease outcomes; helps to lower LDL and increase HDL. Oily fish are the highest sources – salmon, mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna Other varieties are … Read More


Check out our collation of recipes below! We aim to post healthy, affordable and high fibre recipes for your use, with a few treats thrown in here and there. You can never have too many recipes up your sleeve!

Slow-cooker Country Chicken

By Leanne Curgenven | May 18, 2021

This is a super low cost recipe that is perfect served over brown rice, wheatmeal couscous, chunky roastie veges (skins on) or a vege mash. Remember to add some extra greens or colourful vegetables on the side to create a delicious balanced meal. Ingredients 4 tbsp Flour seasoned with salt and pepper 8 Chicken Pieces (legs and thighs) 2 tbsp … Read More

Overnight Christmas Chia seed puddings

By Leanne Curgenven | December 17, 2020

If you are looking for something a little different for a Chrissie pudding that is not only ‘on trend’ but healthy too, try these delightful chia seed puds. You could use any fruit for the compote, or don’t cook the fruit at all and just use fresh! Chia seeds pack a punch in terms of fibre and protein and are … Read More

Chia seed pudding

By Leanne Curgenven | May 5, 2020

For those of you that don’t ‘do’ breakfast, or those looking for a way to increase fibre, calcium and protein in one hit! Not just a breakfast option either, consider this also for an easy portable lunch. This is an example of a ‘yoghurt bowl’. You will see what I mean when you google this term. Yoghurt bowls are basically … Read More

Tuna Frittatas

By Leanne Curgenven | April 22, 2020

This is a super simple, yummy recipe for the whole family.   Ingredients 2 tbsp vegetable oil 3 garlic cloves (crushed) 3 spring onions (finely sliced) 12 eggs 2 x 185grams tuna in spring water  salt and pepper to season   Method 1. Pre heat oven to 200 degrees and line a medium sized (20cm diameter) pyrex or baking dish with baking paper. 2. Crack eggs … Read More

Spinach and red pepper mini frittatas

By Leanne Curgenven | December 3, 2019

Spinach and red pepper Mini Frittatas   Ingredients 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 red bell pepper, diced small (about 1/2 cup) 1/2 small yellow onion, diced small (about 1/2 cup) about 3 cups loosely packed spinach, roughly chopped 4 eggs 4 egg whites 1/4 cup skim milk 2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese salt and pepper to taste   Instructions Preheat … Read More

Asparagus Omelette

By Leanne Curgenven | November 26, 2019

Asparagus Omelette Serves 2   Bunch of asparagus – sliced in half lengthways 6 eggs 2 tablespoons pesto 2 handfuls of crunchy sprouts – found in the fresh produce section of supermarket Chilli flakes – pinch Salt – pinch   Heat a large frypan with 1-2 tbsp oil. Toss the asparagus in the oil. Season with chilli flakes and a … Read More

Crunchy Vietnamese Chicken Salad

By Leanne Curgenven | September 27, 2019

Ingredients 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Asian fish sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar 1 tablespoon water 1 long red chilli with seeds, minced 1 small garlic clove, minced 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying 2 large shallots, thinly sliced (use spring onion if you can’t … Read More

Beef and Lentil Burgers

By Leanne Curgenven | September 4, 2019

From the ‘Heart Foundation Cookbook – Full of Beans’ available for download from Ingredients 250 lean beef mince 400g canned lentils, drained and rinsed 2 tbsp tomato sauce 1 egg 1/3 cup parsley, chopped 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped 1 cup dried breadcrumbs 1 carrot, grated Pinch ground black pepper   Method Combine all ingredients Knead mixture until well … Read More

30 minute Chicken Pie

By Leanne Curgenven | July 18, 2019

30 minute Chicken Pie Serves 6   Ingredients 3-4 large chicken breast (about 700g) Knob of butter A lug of oil 2 spring onions 150g mushrooms 1 heaped tbsp plain flour 2 tsp English mustard (optional) 2 heaped tbsp lite cream cheese 300ml chicken stock 3 sprigs fresh thyme or 3 pinches of dried thyme ½ tsp nutmeg Puff pastry … Read More

Berry Bircher Muesli

By Leanne Curgenven | July 4, 2019

Perfect for those get-out-of-bed and go sort of people. Prepare this muesli the night before (5 minutes!) and you’ll wake up to a fast, healthy, convenient breakfast. This recipe is super versatile – swap for different seeds, nuts and fruit as desired. This breakfast is not only delicious, but is a nutritious choice. It has high-fibre oats to fill you … Read More