Meet the NZAMH Committee for 2021

Brett Elliott


Based in Tauranga, Brett is a respected medical herbalist with 22 years of clinical practice. He is a regular seminar presenter both at health and wellbeing expos and at other private venues. Brett has helped over 100,000 people in over 45 countries complete his herbal health program. Brett began his journey into natural medicine in the early 1990s when his own health began to deteriorate. He’d spent 10 years in hard manual work which resulted in severe spinal injuries requiring major surgery, which he declined. His search for alternatives led him to herbal medicine which quickly became his life’s passion.

His studies include completing a two-year Diploma in Herbal Studies in 1998, four years of science studies at Auckland University of Technology, including human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics. He then completed another four-year Diploma in Herbal Medicine in 2006 through the Waikato Centre for Herbal Medicine. Brett has operated his own retail health stores for 8 years, built a pharmaceutical-grade manufacturing facility in 2006, and has run a private clinical practice for over 22 years. During this time Brett identified a common pattern of events relating to the most common health conditions of our time. This led Brett to write his first paperback book ‘CLEANSED & CURED’ which has been widely distributed through good bookstores.

Mike Eyres

 Vice President

Education Committee Convenor

Mike Eyres graduated from SPCNM in 2016 and currently works part time in clinical practice as a Medical Herbalist. He has been a Technical Consultant to the New Zealand food and Dietary supplements industries for the past 8 years. Cultivating plants and making natural products has always been his passion, his previous career before becoming a medical herbalist was as a winemaker. He was drawn to change careers after seeing the impact of herbal and naturopathic practice on his own health and the health of his family.

He lives in Auckland but leave every chance he gets to enjoy the great New Zealand outdoors. On any given weekend you can find him with his family on a beach, river or forest somewhere around the country.

Tracy Tutty


Tracy Tutty trained as a medical herbalist in the UK. She is passionate about sharing the once lost art of making herbal remedies and believes the most healing herbal medicine is the one you make for yourself. When not ‘happily herballing’, Tracy supports entrepreneurs through her work as a Chartered Accountant and high performance coach. Tracy joined the NZAMH Committee because she saw a way to serve her herbal family by using her skills as an accountant. 

Maureen Verrill

Co- Secretary

Maureen lives and practice in Waiuku, South Auckland and also organise the monthly NZAMH branch meetings, where they come together, always have fun and learn from and support each other. Since graduating from South Pacific College in 2009, Maureen have been practicing from her home-based clinic, being passionate about helping to meet the wellbeing needs of the people in her local community.

She loves the complexity of herbal medicine and the challenge of making up individualized herbal tonics, as well as homeobotanical and Bach flower formulations.  She equally enjoy therapeutic massage and bodywork, as a stand alone treatment for many clients, or as a complementary part of other clients’ healing. 

She also enjoy working with nutritional and lifestyle choices.  She works one day a week in the local organic food store where she is able to educate and talk with many interesting people. and buy organic fruit and vegetables to supplement what she grows herself.  In her ‘spare’ time she practice yoga, go tramping, play tennis, (just getting to grips with her recently purchased bicycle!) and spending time with her grandchildren and whanau.

Elizabeth Bedford

Membership Secretary

Elizabeth is a medical herbalist and naturopath based in PÅ«korokoro, practising in Thames and Auckland. She has been growing and using herbs all her life, growing up on a remote farm where herbs and natural medicine were standard options. She has a strong interest in the education available to herbalists, and is currently a tutor for the Naturopathic College of NZ. Prior to this, she was co-Chair of the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine Board.

Elizabeth is also developing a medicinal herb garden designed as a teaching space, and can usually be found in the garden with her phone turned off. Elizabeth is deeply focused on the quality of herbal medicine - something that developed after researching supply chains during her time as a Product Development Technologist for Phytomed Medicinal Herbs. She is passionate about herbalists understanding the elements, challenges and parameters of growing and sourcing herbs, seeing this very much as an aspect of ethical practice. Elizabeth believes that access to herbal medicine should be a basic right, and sees herbalism through a social justice lens.

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