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Dr Apo Aporosa

Apo Aporosa

Research Fellow

Qualifications: PhD Development Studies, Massey University

Personal Website: https://www.aporosa.net

Iwi: (kailoma) Naduri, Macuata, Fiji

About Apo

Apo is the 2​​019 New Zealand Health Research Council Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki Fellow. Based at Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, and also working with the School of Psychologys' Traffic and Road Safety Research Group, he is investigating cognitive impacts resulting from traditional kava use, assisting with teaching, and supporting Pacific student achievement.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Current

2020       Pacific Adviser: CRANIAC project (Concussion Recovery Assessment of New Zealanders in Adolescence and Childhood). Project lead: Professor Nicola Starkey, School of Psychology, University of Waikato. Joint HRC funded project also with AUT University and University of Auckland.

2019-20 Primary Supervisor: Summer research project. H. Burroughs. Na i cavuti: Traditional knowledge through a mobile application. The University of Waikato.

2019-     Primary Supervisor: Doctoral research. D. Watkins-Matavalea. Pacific research methodologies and pedagogies of health and wellbeing. Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, The University of Waikato.

2019       Primary Supervisor: Masters research. H. Aughton. Kava and balance. Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, The University of Waikato.

2018       Primary Supervisor: Masters research. L. Lolohea. “Te u tekaki hoku fofonga ki fe?” – Where do I face? Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies, The University of Waikato.

Completed

2018-20 Research adviser: V. Chung. Upgrading kava into a systematic global chain. Master of Development. The Institute of Development studies, University of Sussex.

2016-19 Research adviser: D. Hernandez. Rootz vaka transits: Traversing seas of urban diasporic indigeneity by collapsing time and space with the songs and stories of the kava canoe. Doctor of Philosophy. Anthropology Programme, The University of Auckland.

2018-19 Research adviser: T. Henry. Exploring local perceptions on visual media representations of climate change and last change tourism in Tuvalu. Master of Environment and Society. Department of Political Science and Public Policy, The University of Waikato.

2016-19 Research adviser: M. Dean. Smallholder sugarcane growers, indigenous technical knowledge, and the sugar industry crisis in Fiji. Doctor of Philosophy. Anthropology Programme, The University of Waikato.

2017      Research adviser: M. Glenn. Field research on women's leadership in community recovery and resilience from 2016 Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji. Masters of Globalisation and Development Studies, Maastricht University, Netherlands.

2016-17 Research adviser: M.D. Marschall. An overall analysis of the impact of injunctive and descriptive norms by hierarchy levels in German organizations based on an ethical business culture study. Masters of Management Studies, Zeppelin University, Germany.

2016       Primary Supervisor: M.J. Ingram. Bridge Jumping in Ngāruawāhia: A Māori Cultural Perspective. Honors research project, Anthropology Programme, University of Waikato

2015       Primary Supervisor: G. Paikea. Indigenous homelessness in Aotearoa/New Zealand: National, local and indigenous policy. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015       Primary Supervisor: A. Littlejon. Print media representation of homelessness in Hamilton City, New Zealand. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015       Primary Supervisor: J. Kake. The geographies of Māori homelessness in Hamilton, New Zealand. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015       Primary Supervisor: L. King. Employment opportunities: A Waikato-Tainui stocktake. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015       Second Supervisor: M. Huirama. Te wai: Water rights negotiations evidence: Streams of the Waikato-Tainui. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015       Second Supervision: M. Sylva. Fresh water ownership within Waikato and related traditional activities. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015       Primary Supervisor: M. McCormack & M. Rivers. Waikato-Tainui marae: A literature review. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015       Primary Supervisor: M. Renata. Tribal urupā strategy: A Waikato-Tainui approach. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015       Primary Supervisor: R. Barlow-Kameta. Waikato-Tainui education: Tribal development and life-long learners. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015       Primary Supervisor: A. Tepania. Tribal education recipients: Waikato-Tainui expertise. Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015       Primary Supervisor: E. Jerome-Leota. Tribally focused research: An annotated bibliographic databases. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015       Second Supervisor: S. Solomon. Taonga artefacts: A Waikato-Tainui approach to care and repatriation. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

2015      Second Supervisor: N. Eparaima-Hautapu & T. Paki. Te tira hoe o Waikato and Tai ao: A multi-media presentation. Summer Research Project, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

Recent Publications

  • Aporosa, A. S., & Foley, E. (2020). De-mythologizing and re-branding the traditional drink kava. Research Outreach, (113), 106-109. doi:10.32907/ro-113-106109 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/13568

  • Aporosa, A. S., Atkins, M., & Brunton, R. (2020). Kava drinking in traditional settings: Towards understanding effects on cognitive function. Human Psychopharmacology, 35(2). doi:10.1002/hup.2725

  • Aporosa, A. S., & Forde, J. (2020). Kava - an icon of Pacific identity and Tangata Whenua?. Spasifik Magazine, (74).

  • Aporosa, A. (2019). Australia’s discussion of kava imports reflects lack of cultural understanding. The Conversation, June 9.

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Keywords

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


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