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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 5

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:

Completed Projects

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:

Research Outputs


Glover, MP., Kira, A., Kira, G., McRobbie, H., Breier, BH., Kruger, R., . . . Funaki-Tahifote, M. (2017). An innovative team-based weightloss competition to reduce cardiovascular and diabetes risk among Māori and Pacific people: rationale and method for the study and its evaluation.. BMC Nutrition. 3(78), 1-9
[Journal article]Authored by: Breier, B., Glover, M., Kira, G., Kruger, R.
Bell, R., Smith, C., Hale, L., Kira, G., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Understanding obesity in the context of an Indigenous population—A qualitative study. Obesity Research and Clinical Practice. 11(5), 558-566
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G.
Kira, G., Doolan-Noble, F., Humphreys, G., Williams, G., O Shaughnessy, H., & Devlin, G. (2016). A national survey of cardiac rehabilitation services in New Zealand: 2015. New Zealand Medical Journal. 129(1435), 50-58
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G.
Bell, R., Tumilty, S., Kira, G., Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2016). Using a community based participatory research model within an indigenous framework to establish an exploratory platform of investigation into obesity. Obesity Medicine. 2, 19-24
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G.
Maddison, R., Pfaeffli, L., Whittaker, R., Stewart, R., Kerr, A., Jiang, Y., . . . Rawstorn, J. (2015). A mobile phone intervention increases physical activity in people with cardiovascular disease: Results from the HEART randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 22(6), 701-709
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G.
Kira, G., Maddison, R., Hull, M., Blunden, S., & Olds, T. (2014). Sleep education improves the sleep duration of adolescents: A randomized controlled pilot study. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 10(7), 787-792
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G.
Kira, G., Maddison, R., Hull, M., Blunden, S., & Olds, T. (2014). Sleep education improves the sleep duration of adolescents: A randomized controlled pilot study. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 10(7), 787-792
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G.
Stoner, L., Shultz, SP., Lambrick, DM., Krebs, J., Weatherall, M., Palmer, BR., . . . Williams, MA. (2013). The combating obesity in Māori and Pasifika adolescent school-children study: COMPASS methodology and study protocol. International Journal of Preventive Medicine. 4(5), 565-579
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G., Palmer, B., Shultz, S.
Pfaeffli, L., Maddison, R., Whittaker, R., Stewart, R., Kerr, A., Jiang, Y., . . . Dalleck, L. (2012). A mHealth cardiac rehabilitation exercise intervention: findings from content development studies.. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. 12(1), 36-36
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G.
Blunden, S., Kira, G., Hull, M., & Maddison, R. (2012). Does sleep education change sleep parameters? comparing sleep education trials for middle school students in Australia and New Zealand. The Open Sleep Journal. 5, 12-18
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G.
Maddison, R., Whittaker, R., Stewart, R., Kerr, A., Jiang, Y., Kira, G., . . . Pfaeffli, L. (2011). HEART: heart exercise and remote technologies: A randomized controlled trial study protocol.. BMC cardiovascular disorders. 11(1), 26-26 Retrieved from file:///C:/Users/gkira/AppData/Local/Mendeley%20Ltd/Mendeley%20Desktop/Downloaded/Maddison%20et%20al.%20-%202011%20-%20HEART%20heart%20exercise%20and%20remote%20technologies%20A%20randomized%20controlled%20trial%20study%20protocol.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G.
Rush, EC., Scragg, R., Schaaf, D., Juranovich, G., & Plank, LD. (2009). Indices of fatness and relationships with age, ethnicity and lipids in New Zealand European, Māori and Pacific children.. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 63(5), 627-633
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G.
Graham, D., Kira, G., Conaglen, J., McLennan, S., & Rush, E. (2009). Vitamin D status of Year 3 children and supplementation through schools with fortified milk. Public Health Nutrition. 12(12), 2329-2334 Retrieved from file:///C:/Users/gkira/AppData/Local/Mendeley%20Ltd/Mendeley%20Desktop/Downloaded/Graham%20et%20al.%20-%202009%20-%20Vitamin%20D%20status%20of%20Year%203%20children%20and%20supplementation%20through%20schools%20with%20fortified%20milk.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Kira, G.


Kira, GDJ. (2017). A utopia of food systems. In The New Zealand Land and Food Annual Volume 2,2017. (pp. 63 - 80). : Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Kira, G.


Humphreys, G., Kira, GDJ., Doolan Noble, F., Williams, G., O'Shaughnessy, H., & Devlin, G.(2015). The cardiac rehabilitation services survey of New Zealand - 2015. : Heart Foundation of New Zealand
[Technical Report]Authored by: Kira, G.
Kira, GDJ., & Kira, A.(2014). SECTION 5: Review of published literature. Auckland: University of Auckland
[Technical Report]Authored by: Kira, G.


Glover, MP., Kira, A., Kira, G., Funaki-Tahifote, M., McRobbie, H., Breier, B., . . . Shortland, M. (2017). Reducing Cardiovascular And Diabetes Among Māori And Pacific People Using A Team Weight Loss Competition.. , 15th World Congress on Public Health
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breier, B., Glover, M., Kira, G., Kruger, R.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Sharon Awatere - Doctor of Philosophy
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