Dr Apo Aporosa

Apo Aporosa

Research Fellow

Qualifications: PhD Development Studies, Massey University

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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.

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Research Supervised

Research Interests

Recent Publications

  • Aporosa, S. A. (2019). De-mythologizing and re-branding of kava as the new ‘world drug’ of choice. Drug Science, Policy and Law, 5, 205032451987613. doi:10.1177/2050324519876131 Open Access version:

  • Aporosa, A. (2019). Cognitive functions associated with consumption of traditional volumes of kava (Piper methysticum): A feasibility study. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 33(8). Retrieved from Open Access version:

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

  • Aporosa, A., & Forde, J. (2019). Māori and kava: New drug fashion or re-engagement with 'kawa'?. Pacific Dynamics, 3(1), 72-85. Retrieved from

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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

Contact Details

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Aporosa, Dr Apo 8282 aaporosa TT.7.02 Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health

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