Our Team

Newtown Acupuncture Centre was established in 2015 with the aim of providing patients with affordable and accessible treatments. Good health should be a right rather than a luxury.

Our acupuncture practitioners hold at minimum a Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Acupuncture, a 4 year, full-time degree program here in NZ. We have a registered nurse on site, who is able to register injuries with NZ's national health insurers, ACC, allowing for subsidised acupuncture treatment.

We pride ourselves on working as a team. Patients have the option of selecting one practitioner for all their treatments, or they can see a number of different practitioners based on skills, timing, or simply preference.

Our Acupuncturists


Xiao was born in China, where he completed his initial training in Traditional Chinese medicine and pharmacology. He then moved to NZ to study nursing and spent 10 years working in this field in NZ, including post-graduate studies in mental health nursing. Xiao then went on to do a health science degree in Acupuncture through the NZSATCM. 

Xiao believes that consistency in treatment leads to the best results. Xiao's calm and kind manner goes perfectly with his preference for slightly stronger needling styles. This style of acupuncture can often wield great results, with intensity modified to suit different  temperaments and needs. 

Fan Xiao Meng  (Shao)

Acupuncturist, Martial Arts Instructor, Registered Nurse.

Director NAC

BHSc Acupuncture, PGCert Nursing (MENH), Diploma TCM and Pharmacology (China) member Acupuncture NZ, ACC Registered

Email: xiao@newtownacupuncture.co.nz

Xiao's  Availability

Tuesday 12pm - 7pm

Wednesday 10.30am - 4.30pm 

Thursday 11.30am - 5.30pm

Friday 11am - 4.30pm

Saturday 10am - 4pm

Laura has been practicing acupuncture for over 10 years and has a strong interest in both chronic internal health conditions as well as musculo-skeletal issues and pain management.  Laura is passionate about the growing modern scientific understanding of TCM/acupuncture, as well as being inspired by the results she has seen using the traditional philosophy and approach to health and healing.  


Good health means different things for different people, and Laura's adaptable and inclusive attitude means supporting patients to the best solution for their needs.

Laura Callaghan


Managing Director NAC

BHSc Acupuncture

Level 7 Dip. Tuina (massage), Dip. Qigong/Taichi

Member Acupuncture NZ  

Evergreen Herbal Specialist

Email: laura@newtownacupuncture.co.nz

Laura's Availability
Monday's 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 3pm - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 3pm

Kate spent a year living in China, which deepened her interest in Chinese culture and ignited her passion to learn more. She went on to train at the College of integrated Chinese Medicine in the UK where she received her Bachelor of Science in Acupuncture.


Her background as a professional dancer means she has first-hand experience of the mechanics of the body. Having experienced many injuries herself, she can also empathize with the struggles involved when the body is out of balance and not functioning as it should be. Kate is passionate about both the physical and emotional benefits of acupuncture and welcomes patients looking to understand their health better.


BSc (Hons) Acupuncture

Member NZASA, ACC registered.

Email: kate@newtownacupuncture.co.nz

Kate's  Availability

Monday 9am - 2pm

Tuesday 9am - 5pm

Wednesday 9am- 5pm

Thursday 11am - 7pm

Friday 9am - 4pm

Kate Marley 



Edmund studied extensively through the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, obtaining his bachelor degree, and then his masters. After 7 years of university training, he then worked for  a number of years at The Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Shanghai YueYang Hospital of Intergrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine.

Fortunately, Edmund and his wife then decided to move to New Zealand, where he took up private practice as well as lecturing for the NZ School of Acupuncture and TCM.

Edmund brings with him a wealth of knowledge, and his kind and sincere manner makes him an excellent practitioner. 

Edmund Peng Liu
Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine
Lecturer at NZ School of Acupuncture & TCM
Email: contact@newtownacupuncture.co.nz

Edmund's Availability

Monday 10am - 4pm

Sunday 9.30am - 5pm 

Our Massage Therapists


Hernan was introduced to Chinese medicine through his extensive training in martial arts. A number of his teachers were Chinese doctors, who taught him massage and acupuncture techniques to overcome injuries. Hernan's passion led him to practice modern Wushu (Olympic Chinese martial arts), traditional Wushu (Hung Gar, Tsun Chiao, etc), Taichi, Hapkido, western boxing and more extensively traditional Shaolin Kung Fu for over 16 years.

Hernan has a great massage repertoire, skilled at both relaxation and stress relief, as well as strong techniques for the more deep tissue and sports focused clients.

As well a all these skills, Hernan is a registered lawyer in his home country of Chile, where he studied extensively for 8 years in a competitive university. All these experiences have given Hernan a deep understanding of both mental and physical stress on the body.

See our page on massage here

Hernan Rojas Nazar

Director NAC

Head Massage Therapist

Kickboxing Instructor

Shaolin Kung Fu Instructor

Certificates in Deep tissue, Lymphatic, Decontraction, Relaxation and Weight Reduction massages. Reiki practitioner.

Shaolin Kung Fu Instructor

Registered lawyer (Chile)


Hernan's Massage Availability

Monday 8.30am - 12.30pm

Tuesday 11am - 6.00pm

Wednesday 9am - 2.00pm

Thursday 11am - 6.00pm

* See classes pages for martial arts times.