Nutrition and Kidney Disease

Renal Dietitians:

Although most GP's or kidney specialist should refer you to a dietian whith moderate kidney dysfuntion, due to varies issues its not always easy to see a renal dietian.The below table has some names of private renal dietians. 

All dietitians are able to offer virtual or telehealth consultations if you live outside of the regions detailed below.



Contact details

Capacity/ Availability

Area of specialisation (within renal)/

Other relevant information

Micah Hintz

New Plymouth

(027) 750 5453

3 hours Thursdays & Fridays


Adeline Wong


(09) 623 0161 ext 1

4 hours Monday - Friday

Kidney stones

Alana Baker

Tauranga & Hamilton

(027) 390 4010

1 day/ week

Early-moderate CKD &

Kidney Stones

Tina Ambler

Whangarei/ Northland

(021) 022 39442

20 hours/ week


Li Zhang



4 hours/ week



Chronic kidney disease stage 1-3

Type 2 diabetes



High cardiovascular disease risk > 15%

High blood pressure

Jenny Robb


(021) 893 777

On request



Emma Ternouth


(027) 769 4525

Available from February 2021


Lisa Hassan


(020) 411 24449

5-10/ week


Eating well when you have kidney disease is very important to help you stay as healthy and strong  as possible.

Including the right kinds and amounts of foods each day recommended for healthy eating can help your kidneys to work more easily and keep you well for longer.

Sometimes having kidney disease can make you feel unwell. Your appetite may not be so good and food may taste different. This is because waste products produced from the foods you eat build up in the blood instead of being removed by the kidneys.

The need to make changes to your diet depends on how well your kidneys are working.

What is right for others may not be right for you

Diet for Polycystic Kidneys click here


Gout is a form of arthritis caused by increased levels of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid forms crystals and builds up in bone joints. This leads to inflammation and pain.   Read more on Gout here...


Your last blood test showed that the potassium level in your blood was too high. This could be dangerous to your heart. 

Choosing foods low in potassium will help reduce the potassium in your blood. Foods that are high in potassium should not be eaten when your blood level is high.


Sodium is a mineral found in salt and in many of the foods you eat.  Most (about 80%) of the sodium (salt) we eat comes from processed and takeaways foods.

What are the effects of eating too much sodium (salt)?

Too much sodium can: 

Read more on managing salt intake here...

More information about a Renal Diet

Purchase a Cookbook for those with kidney disease

Introducing the latest recipe book for kidney patients. A cookbook has been produced by the Christchurch Kidney Society and the Auckland Kidney Society
 It is hoped that within this collection of recipes you will find some that fit your dietary requirements and tickle your taste-buds too. These book also includes  some general pointers to help you with your choices from the renal dietician at Christchurch Hospital and Whangerei Hospital

The cost is between $10-00-$15:00 including postage


For an example of a recipe ; click here

If you would like to order a book you can contact:

Christchurch Kidney Society 03 3410906 or email or

Or Auckland Kidney Society 0800 235711 or