Dr Apo Aporosa

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Research Fellow

Qualifications: PhD Development Studies, Massey University

Iwi: Naduri (kailoma), Macuata, Fiji

School of Social Sciences


About Apo

Apo was awarded the 2016 New Zealand Health Research Council Pasifika Post-Doctoral Fellowship.  He is based at the Anthropology Programme and also works with the School of Psychology's  Traffic and Road Safety (TARS) Research Group investigating driver safety following kava use at traditional consumption volumes.


Culture; Education; Education Research; Health; History and Medicine; Indigenous Education; Indigenous Rights; Maori Education; Maori Health; Maori Identity; Pacific Island Politics; Pacific Issues; Pacific/Pacifica Education; Psychology; Road Safety; Social Science Research; Teacher Practice/Practicum; Teacher Professional Learning/Development

Kava; traditional (drug) substances; Eurocentrism; Aesthetics of modernity; Fijian culture; Pacific cultural values; Pacific Studies

Recent Publications

  • Aporosa, A. S. G. (2017). [Invited presentation] Kava: untangling fact from fiction. In Drug Science Summer Meeting, University College London.

  • Aporosa, A. (2017). Understanding cognitive functions related to driving following kava (Piper methysticum) use at traditional consumption volumes AND Kava (Piper methysticum): Demythifying the Pacific's cultural keystone species. In Kava Studies in the Pacific, Law School Public Lecture, University of the South Pacific, Vanuatu.

  • Aporosa, A. S. G. (2017). Mixed reactions to tests over kava drinking-driving. In Radio New Zealand: Dateline Pacific. Retrieved from

  • Aporosa, A. (2017). Kava drinkers urged not to wash-down with alcohol. In Radio New Zealand: Pacific. Retrieved from

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Papers Taught

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Aporosa, Dr Apo 8282 aaporosa J.2.08A Anthropology Programme