Areas of expertise

About HPC

The Human Potential Centre (HPC), previously known as the Centre for Physical Activity & Nutrition is a multi-disciplinary research group.

Our mission is to enhance the physical health and mental wellbeing of our communities through high quality and innovative research.

The centres success in designing, implementing and evaluating diverse and relevant projects has established the HPC as a leader in New Zealand health research.

Research undertaken by the HPC helps in understanding and improving the socio-ecological determinants of health behaviours and outcomes, and translating enables cutting-edge research to be translated into teaching, community programmes, and policy. We have an excellent track record of postgraduate student success, external competitive funding, published research, and national and international recognition for our work.

Low Carb High Fat  (LCHF)

LCHF Debate

TV 3's 3rd Degree aired a segment on the increasingly controversial topic of "The Benefits of Saturated Fats". Not surprisingly, as NZ's leading advocate of the Low Carbohydrate High Fat (LCHF) living, Professor Grant Schofield played a major role in the interview. The segment highlights well-founded evidence on the merits of a diet based on the "evolutionary biology and understanding of human metabolism and nutrition".

For the full 3rd Degree interview watch it here.

LCHF Seminar - Challenging Beliefs

A chance to view Professor Schofield and his team at the LCHF seminars held in October 2013.

Click here for the Reading List from the LCHF seminar. LCHF Reading List


The Human Potential Clinic bridges the gap between the medical and fitness industry. This unique clinic specialises in providing evidence-based advanced exercise assessment and exercise prescription for people living with a wide range of risk factors and medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The Clinic works closely with referring medical practitioners, specialists and allied-health professionals to provide comprehensive prevention, treatment and management of various health conditions. Services are centred on the principles of progressive self-management and long-term changes in health-behaviours, ranging from intensely-supervised (one-to-one) to home-based (independent) programs. Research clearly shows that individualised exercise programmes based on gold-standard laboratory assessments can offer substantially greater health benefits than standard generic low to moderate intensity exercise programmes whilst minimising risk.

The facility contains the latest exercise equipment to ensure our patients are exercising in a safe environment under constant supervision. As well as having a scientific approach to assessment and prescription, a priority focus of our Clinic services is on equipping clients with the skills to maintain appropriate physical activity habits in the long term. Changes to everyday behaviour including the addition or modification of physical activity habits are not easily achieved. Our qualified clinical exercise physiologists recognise this, and assist clients with achieving independence by helping to identify and work around the barriers to achieving each person's specific health goals.

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