Mother and daughter team Dee and Tamarin Pignéguy, have come together to share their passion for health, nutrition and well being to create educational books.
The drive behind their books "Feed Me Right" and "Grow Me Well" comes from a belief in the importance of education. They believe that providing people with factual information about their amazing bodies and food in a fun and exciting way enables them to make informed and empowering choices.
With over 20 years of clinical experience in general practice using Traditional Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, and food therapy in supporting people to restore their health and regain well being, Tamarin understands the importance education plays in assisting people in taking responsibility to make beneficial health and lifestyle choices that bring about a lasting change.
Tamarin's specialty in treating all aspects of women's health including pregnancy and children, has given her a unique insight into the direct link between a mother's nutritional habits and thought patterns and their effect on the health of her baby. In her clinical practice she has seen a growing demand for basic health resources for children and adults alike to learn about the essential functions of their amazing bodies and the link between what we think and how we feel.
Tamarin also sees within her general practice the growing link between people's thought patterns, dietary habits of eating fast foods and easy snacks, often on the run, decreased activity, and increased stress levels with the declining state of people's health. She is having considerable success through supporting people in making beneficial changes in their nutritional, lifestyle, thinking and emotional habits to live life with more ease and increased well being.
As a graduate in Applied Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from the Australian College of NaturalMedicine (now called the Endeavour College) in 1996, Tamarin did two years post-graduate work at the An Tam Healing Centre, London, UK and at the Glostrup Maternity Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.
On returning to New Zealand in 1999, Tamarin also took up apprenticeship work under the guidance of experienced TCM acupuncturist, Jenny Allison at The Centre for Chinese Medicine in Grey Lynn, Auckland before starting her own practice in 2000 from Maternity Associates in Mairangi Bay, Auckland.
Tamarin is now a practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine from her home-based clinic in Whangaparaoa, Auckland and is now also available for appointments at The Health Hub in Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa.
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Dee Pignéguy came to New Zealand from Canada in 1963 and trained as a primary school teacher. Her interest in nutrition, healthy food and healthy bodies developed as she grew up on a remote coastal property in British Columbia. Her mother, Joan Donley, engaged all her children in their self sufficient lifestyle - growing vegetables and fruit, raising pigs, chickens and ducks, and milking goats. At low tide they gathered clams and oysters and often went fishing.
Dee's first book Saltwater In Her Hair - Stories of New Zealand Women at Sea was published in 2000. This was a result of the 16 years she spent with her husband operating the historic (1909) vessel Te Aroha on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. Dee was well known for the nutritious and tasty meals she produced from the Te Aroha's very small galley.
In collaboration with her husband Mike, she wrote "Boating Fun" published in 2004 by Reed Publishers. The first printing of Boating Fun, a book designed to banish boating boredom quickly SOLD OUT! So "More Boating Fun" was published in 2007. And now there is Boating For All.
Dee teaches organic gardening classes from her urban organic home garden and also does garden consultations for schools,community groups, home gardeners and even work place gardens. Her book "Gardening For Planet Earth" was a natural extension of her gardening wok so more people could learn to garden naturally and grow food for themselves.
At one time Dee worked part-time at the Soil and Health Office, publishers of the magazine OrganicNZ. On behalf of Soil & Health she is often asked to speak to school children, gardening clubs and Rotary Clubs about organic garden and her medicinal and nutritional know-how.
Dee is a member of Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi and often guides groups visiting the island. She has also served as Chairperson of the North Shore Herb Society and the Auckland and North Shore Herb Societies, and writes articles for OrganicNZ, Professional Skipper, and occasionally Memories Magazine.
Many of Dee's books have won awards, including her latest release "Exploring Nature's Pattern Magic".