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.

Recent Publications

  • Aporosa, A. S. G. (2017). Kava: untangling fact from fiction. In KAVA: A workshop for kava researchers and enthusiasts: Anthropology and Pacific Studies Seminar Series. Conference held at The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Open Access version:

  • Aporosa, A. S. G. (2017). Understanding cognitive functions related to driving following kava (Piper methysticum) use at traditional consumption volumes. In Journal of Psychopharmacology (Supplement) (pp. A84). SAGE Publications. Open Access version:

  • Aporosa, A. S. G. (2017). Kava (Piper methysticum): Demythifying the Pacific's cultural keystone species. In 2017 IOE Talanga Series, University of South Pacific Tonga Campus, Nuku'alofa, Tonga.

  • Aporosa, A. (2017). A 'wash-down' with alcohol after drinking kava may be harmful, says researcher. In Radio Tarana (via Retrieved from

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Contact Details

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