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Dr Geoffrey Kira


School of Health Sciences

Dr Kira has a background in exercise physiology and metabolism with a strong emphasis in practical applications and translational research. He is an emerging maori health researcher in the fields of exercise, nutrition and sleep and their relationship with obesity, cardiovacular disease and diabetes. Given the low number of maori health researchers in his field, Dr Kira enthusiastically promotes postgradute study and the utility of science and matauranga Maori amongst Maori. He is a  Heart Foundation of New Zealand Maori Cardiovascular Research Fellow. 



  • Doctorate of Philosophy - Auckland University of Technology (2010)
  • Bachelor of Science (Sport Science) with Honours - Edith Cowan University (2002)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Translational research, Maori health, Paediatric health, Healthy Lifestyle behaviours (Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep), Genetic and epigenetic markers of health and fitness

Research Opportunities

  • Te Whanau Matemoe - Sleepy family study  (28/11/2011) A sleep behaviour change programme for teenagers and their families.
  • Manawa a mua - healthy heart future for Maori.  (01/10/13) Qualitative study of Maori cardiac rehabilitation patients and their whanau in the Mid Central District Health Board Region.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Community Child Health (111704): Exercise Physiology (110602): Human Movement and Sports Science (110600): Maori Health (111713): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Nutrition and Dietetics (111100): Preventive Medicine (111716): Public Health and Health Services (111700): Public Nutrition Intervention (111104)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 4

Current Projects

Project Title: HRC - Transforming nutrition and food security in New Zealand: enabling communities - Geoffrey Kira

Date Range: 2017 - 2019

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Project Title: Tupuna Kai - Reconnecting New Zealand Maori with the Benefits of Traditional Food - MAUX1413

Date Range: 2015 - 2017

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Alishia Mansell - PhD
    Healthy Schools
  • Sharon Awatere - PhD
    Pou Rewarewa: Kaumatua standing tall like the Rewarewa tree eh - that’s cool! Older whanau in Hawke’s Bay talk about living with osteoarthritis

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