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Dane Baker

Performance Dietitian

NZ Registered Dietitian, BSc Human Nutrition, Dip Sporting Performance, PG Dip Diet, IOC Dip Sports Nutrition (Distinction)

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Dane is a Performance Dietitian, who has worked extensively with New Zealand's elite athletes and teams (currently Blues Super Rugby & NZ Football). He’s also a part of WHISPA, a specialist group dedicated to optimising female health and performance. In addition to sport Dane specialises in working with patients suffering from RED-S, fertility issues, osteoarthritis and diabetes.


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Dane is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian who has worked extensively with New Zealand’s leading athletes and sporting organisations over the past 12 years. After graduating from Otago University in 2003 Dane worked clinically as a Diabetes Dietitian for the Waitemata DHB before becoming immersed in sports nutrition.

In 2008 he worked abroad in Qatar where he was a sports nutrition specialist at ASPETAR, a world-leading FIFA sports medicine facility. Since returning to New Zealand in 2009 he has worked with The Chiefs rugby team, where he was part of their back to back titles in 2012 & 2013, and was been part of setting up an innovative research program with Otago and Waikato Universities. In recent years Dane has shifted allegiances closer to home, working as Sports Dietitian for The Blues since 2019.

Dane has also worked extensively with High Performance Sport New Zealand from 2010-2020 where he was a Senior Performance Nutritionist. He was the lead nutritionist for the Black Ferns 7's Team and previously NZ Men's Hockey Team, NZ Swimming and the Football Ferns. He is also part of the specialist multidisciplinary initiative WHISPA (Woman's Health, a Performance Advantage), which is a dedicated group of specialists working to optimise female health and performance through research and education.

In addition to sport Dane specialises in working with patients suffering from RED-S, fertility issues, osteoarthritis and diabetes. As well as being a key part of Axis, he also works closely with the team at Fertility Associates.  

Dane’s also involved with numerous research projects at the University of Otago where he is professional fellow and lecturer.

Outside of work, he is a passionate golfer, surfer and a developing fisherman when he doesn't have his hands full looking after his young family.

Team Involvement and Achievements

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  1. Blues Super Rugby Team
  2. New Zealand Football
  3. NZ Golf
  4. Professional Fellow & Lecturer – University of Otago
  5. Consultant – Plant and Food New Zealand Research Institute


  1. HPSNZ Senior Performance Nutritionist  2010-2020
  2. Black Ferns Sevens 2012-2020
  3. All Black Sevens 2020
  4. NZ Support Team (Dietitian), Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018
  5. NZ Support Team (Dietitian), Rio  Olympics 2016
  6. Chiefs Super Rugby Team 2009-2018
  7. NZ Swimming 2010 – 2017
  8. Blacks Sticks Men NZ Hockey 2010-2018
  9. North Harbour Rugby 2016-2020
  10. Counties Manukau Rugby 2011 -2016
  11. Sports Nutrition Specialist, Qatar Football Team / ASPETAR 2008 – 2009