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Niki
Bezzant

food and nutrition writer, columnist and media commentator

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Niki Bezzant is a New Zealand-based writer, speaker, editor and commentator.

Current work:
Columnist
Niki is passionate about healthy eating, nutrition, food culture, marketing and policy. As founding editor (now editor-at-large) of Healthy Food Guide magazine, a columnist for the Herald on Sunday and a frequent contributor to radio and television, she has extensive knowledge of modern media and consumer attitudes and headspace when it comes to healthy eating. With her inspiring philosophy, “carrots and cupcakes”, Niki loves busting myths about health and food, spreading common sense and offering practical tips on how to be healthy and vibrant for life. Niki can talk about everything you need to know about healthy eating; how to live to be 100; how social media is making you unhealthy and why you should never go on another diet, among other things.

Niki has been involved in the food media for nearly 20 years. She founded the website for Cuisine magazine, was that title's first web editor and a contributor to the print title.

She is currently president of Food Writers New Zealand, the professional body for food communicators. She is a proud ambassador for the Garden to Table programme which helps kids learn how to grow, cook and share food. She is a member of the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative, a global coalition of health professionals dedicated to sharing a science-based message of what we know for sure about lifestyle and health. She is on the Board of the NZ Nutrition Foundation.

Niki has had some other interesting career interludes, including working on international yachting campaigns and writing about cars.

Awards: She has won several awards, including Supreme Editor of the Year in 2009 at the NZ Magazine Awards.

As well as being an avid eater, Niki loves ethical and vintage fashion and regularly posts on social media about her sewing projects.

Media
Expertise
Topics

Lifestyle & Wellbeing

  • Media Personalities & Celebrity
  • Chefs
  • Nutrition
Feedback
It was an absolute pleasure to have Niki as keynote speaker for the Potatoes NZ biennial conference. Her talk 'Do potatoes have an image problem?' was very well received by growers, agronomists, business managers, suppliers and sponsors alike. Niki has a fantastic ability to engage a wide variety of audiences and build interest in the importance of consumer engagement. Niki was the consummate professional in moderating the panel discussion of the Marketing & Growth stream. Her knowledge, insight and sharp mind provoked stimulating discussions amongst conference attendees Potatoes NZ Inc
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