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Dr Apo Aporosa

Apo Aporosa

Research and Teaching Fellow

Qualifications: PhD Development Studies, Massey University; Masters Development Studies, Massey University; Cert. Adult Teaching, WINTEC

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

Iwi: (kailoma) Naduri, Macuata, Fiji

About Apo

Aporosa is a Pacific health researcher who works across two schools: Te Huataki Waiora School of Health and ​Te Kura Whatu Oho Mauri School of Psychology.

He is a 2022 Fulbright Scholar recipient and has also held a New Zealand Health Research Council Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki Fellowship (2019) and New Zealand Health Research Council Pacific post-doctoral award.

His work is underpinned by the Pacific Post-development Methodological Framework, which combines the Fijian vanua research framework with post-development theory, to guide the ethical and equitable use of Western-developed, -standardised and -normed psychometric measures among Pacific people. This has informed the use of brain function tests to assess kava users relative to productivity and driver safety.

Apo teaches Pacific cultural and health themes, supervises research students, is collaborating on several research projects including with The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR: Aotearoa New Zealand's Crown Research Institute), and advises the Ministry of Health and Food Standards Board on the safe use of kava in Aotearoa NZ. He is also a senior member of the University's Pacific Strategic Committee.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Current

2022-    Chief Supervisor: Masters research. Wiliame Daveta. Pacific Ki-o-rahi, fundamental movement skills and healthy weight in Pacific children. Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, The University of Waikato.

2022-    Chief Supervisor: Masters research. Janina Tangataevaha-Galewski. Creating culturally responsive rural doctors: Pacific peoples’ perspectives and aspirations for health. Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, The University of Waikato.

2020-     Pacific Advisor: Marsden Funded Project. Dr Kate Stevens. Urban island: Histories of dispossession and belonging in Suva. History Programme, The University of Waikato.

2020-     Pacific Advisor: Doctoral research. L. Skudder. Brown scholars: Narratives of success for Pasifika students in higher education. Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, The University of Waikato.

2020-     Pacific Advisor: Doctoral research. Suzie Schuster. The barriers and enablers to swimming in Samoa. Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, The University of Waikato.

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-     Chief 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.

Completed

2021-22 Co-supervisor: Masters research. Corrine Webb. Hybrid cultural identities and Cook Islands tertiary students. Te Kura Whatu Oho Mauri School of Psychology, The University of Waikato

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

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. (2022). Traditional kava-drinking, cognition, and driver fitness. Research Outreach, (129), 70-73. doi:10.32907/ro-129-2464096742

  • Aporosa, A. (2022). Yaqona (kava) and the school campus: Regulation versus facilitation. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 51(1). doi:10.55146/ajie.2022.6

  • Yeo, A., Hinze, A., Vanderschantz, N., Aporosa, A., & Paruru, D. (2022). Mobile app development: Work-integrated learning collaborations with Māori and Fijian partners. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, 23(2), 237-258. Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/14955

  • Aporosa, S. A., Ballard, H., Pandey, R., & McCarthy, M. J. (2022). The impact of traditional kava (Piper methysticum) use on cognition: Implications for driver fitness. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 115080. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2022.115080

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Keywords

Culture; Education; Education Policy; Education Research; Health; History and Medicine; Indigenous Education; Indigenous Rights; Maori Education; 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, Fiji, Fijian culture, Pacific cultural values, Pacific Studies, decolonizing quantitative methods, Pacific methodologies