Executive Committee

Mike Eyres
Vice President



Mike Eyres graduated from SPCNM in 2016 and currently works part-time in clinical practice as a Medical Herbalist.

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 Cambridge and enjoys the great New Zealand outdoors. On any given weekend you can find him on a beach, by a river or in a forest somewhere around the country.

Anah Wara



Julia (President) Fettes



Elizabeth Bedford
Membership Secretary



Elizabeth is a medical herbalist and naturopath based in Pūkorokoro, 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.

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 available to all communities.

Maureen Verrill
Minutes Secretary



BHSc(Comp Med), Adv Dip Nat (Hons), Adv Dip Herb Med (Hons)

I live and practice in Waiuku, South Auckland and also organize our monthly NZAMH branch meetings, where we come together, always have fun and learn from and support each other.

Since graduating from South Pacific College in 2009 I have been practising from my home-based clinic, being passionate about helping to meet the wellbeing needs of the people in my local community.

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

I also like to work with nutritional and lifestyle choices. I work one day a week in the local organic food store where it’s great to be able to educate and talk with many interesting people – and buy organic fruit and vegetables to supplement what I grow myself.

In my ‘spare’ time I love to practice yoga, go tramping, play tennis, (just getting to grips with my recently purchased bicycle!) and spend time with my grandchildren and whanau.