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Eruera Maxted


Eruera MaxtedEruera Maxted
Human Nutrition

Eruera Maxted reckons that if you haven't figured out what you want to do when you start university, you should keep your options open.

He completed a BSc in Nutrition, a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics and a Certificate in Health Promotion - but when he first started his studies, he wasn't sure where he would end up.

"Nutrition was great because the first year was fairly general. There were heaps of different subjects. But, by the second year, I knew what I wanted."

He wanted to combine his interests in food, health and helping people and he saw dietetics as a way to do that.

Maxted got the first job he applied for, as a dietitian with Northland Health.

"Otago gave me a really good basis in just about all areas of dietetics," he says. "When I got the job I found I could reinforce what I'd learned, apply it, and extend myself."

Maxted also worked as a public health dietitian, promoting healthy eating on marae and with community groups, sports teams, schools, pre-schoolers and Kohanga Reo.

Now he's the coordinator for a new Māori Disability Support Services Development Project in Northland, aiming to put in place more services to support disabled Māori, kuia and kaumatua.

"It's quite a change going into an area that I haven't had have much experience in. My training at Otago and then working as a dietitian have helped. The skills that I learned I'm still able to use. I just have to adapt them to a new area. It's quite a challenge but I'm enjoying it."