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SHORE & Whāriki staff had their annual picnic in the Auckland Domain on the 24th February. Despite a little bit of rain, a lot of fun was had including some giant jenga!
Professor Jane Mills, our new Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Health, Massey University visited SHORE & Whariki offices yesterday morning and was informally introduced to staff. Today, some SHORE & Whariki staff attended a formal powhiri welcome at the Albany campus to welcome Professor Jane Mills to Massey University, and Dr Charlotte Severne, our new Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Maori and Pasifika to the Albany Campus.
Professor Sally Casswell was interviewed by Newstalk ZB, Radio Live and Radio New Zealand this morning, backing calls for a ban on alcohol sponsorship of sport. You can listen to the Radio Live interview here and the Radio New Zealand interview with Jesse Mulligan here.
The New Zealand Police have released the latest New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring Programme Report (NZ-ADUM) which is produced by SHORE staff members.
Nui Te Kōrero: Rewriting National Narratives 2016
Recently researchers from Te Rōpū Whāriki went down to Wellington to present at the Māori Association of Social Science (MASS) conference (9th-11th November, 2016). The theme of the conference was Nui Te Kōrero: Rewriting National Narratives and the team presented analyses from the Wairua, Affect and National Days project. Whāriki ran a workshop on A wairua approach to research lead by Helen Moewaka Barnes alongside Angela Moewaka Barnes, Emerald Muriwai, Te Raina Gunn and Jade Le Grice. As well as this, Emerald presented on Privilege and denial of the nation’s foundation and discussed privilege and complexities associated with Waitangi Day for Māori and non-Māori. The conference informs some of the upcoming outputs which will be updated on Whāriki’s project website over the next few months: http://www.wairuaaffectnationaldays.info/
Emerald from Te Rōpū Whāriki presenting Privilege and denial of the nation’s foundation
Another Doctoral Scholarship opportunity is available at SHORE & Whariki Research Centre linking to the Health Research Council funded project:Enabling participation for disabled children and young people. Click the link for further information PhD Scholarship 2016.pdf (99 KB)
A Doctoral Scholarship opportunity is available at SHORE & Whariki Research Centre with the drug research team. Click the link for more information PhD Scholarship Wilkins 2016 (261 KB) .
Professor Sally Casswell was quoted in a recently published article on Stuff following the publication of an article from the International Alcohol Control study. Professor Casswell and her co-authors found that heavier drinking sessions contribute to up to two-thirds of alcohol sales in middle-income countries and approximately half of sales in higher-income countries. The article can be found here.
Launch of Wairua, Affect and National Days Website
Tēnā koutou katoa,
Te Rōpū Whāriki would like to announce the launch of a website for the Wairua, Affect and National Days research. The project is supported by the Marsden Fund Council from Government funding managed by the Royal Society of New Zealand.
The project began in 2013 exploring wairua, emotions, feelings and identity around national days particularly focusing on Waitangi Day and Anzac Day. These days can build and divide, acknowledge and deny, include and exclude. Our research focuses on the affective politics evoked as people relate, engage and grapple with cultural observances and often-charged acts of remembrance in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Methods include: haerenga kitea (a form of go along interviewing) where we filmed participants as they engaged in an event; media analysis; and individual and focus group interviews.
The website includes visual images, evolving aspects of the project, links to research outputs and to sites about nationhood in Aotearoa. The website can be found at: http://www.wairuaaffectnationaldays.info
Dr Chris Wilkins was interviewed by Paul Henry about the government's 15-million dollar anti-drug initiative. Click here to watch the interview.
Dr Chris Wilkins featured in a TV One news item about policing of cannabis offences. Police are now targeting dealers rather then users - there has been a major drop in the number of people being charged with the use and possession of cannabis in the past 20 years.
Whāriki recently hosted student Jackie Johnson, who is a member of the Makah Nation. She recently finished her Master’s degree in Communication at the University of Washington and was part of the Māhina International Indigenous Health Research Training Program through the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington, University of Auckland, and University of Hawai’i’. It is funded through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. At Whāriki, under the supervision of Belinda Borell and Auckland Art Gallery’s Nigel Borell, Jackie looked at Māori epistemologies and methodologies, white privilege, indigenous art, and indigenous identity. Ms. Johnson’s project here was to observe indigenous art with a Kaupapa Māori research framework to identify Indigenous Authority while incorporating her people’s art practices. Ms. Johnson hopes to return back to Aotearoa and Te Rōpū Whāriki to research Māori whaling.
Jackie Johnson with recent Whāriki visiting students Cameri Taylor and Shalene Yazzie.
Professor Sally Casswell recently attended the WHO‐Thai Health Promotion Foundation Collaborative Project on Health Promotion: Technical Support for Alcohol Policy Development in Selected Low and Middle Income Countries in Bangkok, Thailand, as an expert advisor. The workshop ran from the 21st -23rd August 2016 and aimed to provide the technical support in strengthening the implementation of the global and regional strategies and plans for alcohol policy development in selected countries, including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.
Dr Chris Wilkins featured in an extended radio interview on cannabis clubs with Wallace Chapman on National Radio on Sunday Morning.
Te Rōpū Whāriki recently hosted Northern Arizona University students Cameri Taylor and Shalene Yazzie as a part of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program. During their time here the students collaborated with Whāriki on the Māori Health Identities project and shared insights drawn from their Navajo culture. Cameri returns to Northern Arizona University to complete her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Nursing and Shalene returns to start her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
Watch drug expert Dr Chris Wilkins interviewed on Paul Henry about New Zealand's biggest seizure of methamphetamine.
Professor Jeff Collin, Professor of Global Health, Edinburgh University spent three weeks based at SHORE & Whariki from 9-29 April. Professor Collin has research expertise in the tobacco control area with a particular focus on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and in other commercial determinants of health. While in New Zealand he gave seminars at Massey University’s Albany and Wellington campuses, as well at SHORE & Whariki Research Centre in Symonds Street, Central Auckland. He also made a presentation to key staff at the Cancer Society in Auckland and met with colleagues from the University of Auckland and University of Otago.
More information about Professor Collin’s research and his Wellington seminar on One Unhealthy Commodities Industry? Analysing Strategic and Structural Links Across Alcohol, Food and Tobacco Companies can be seen here.
Professor Sally Casswell participated recently as an advisor at a forum on alcohol and young people organised by the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific and held in Hong Kong, 28-30 May. A press release about the meeting can be downloaded here.
An interview with Dr Chris Wilkins about the not-for-profit club model for cannabis regulation is available to view here. The New Zealand Medical Journal published a recent Viewpoint piece by Dr Wilkins on Cannabis Incorporated Societies. The issue will be among others discussed at the satellite meeting of the 10th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) being held next week in Devonport, Auckland, 11-12 May .
In an editorial in this week's New Zealand Medical Journal, Dr Chris Wilkins proposes a non-for-profit regulated regime for recreational cannabis as an alternative to a commercial profit driven legal market like we have for alcohol and tobacco.
The programme for the upcoming International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) satellite conference in Auckland (11-12 May) is now available in two formats:
The Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) is conducted annually to provide a 'snapshot' of illegal drug use and drug related harm in New Zealand.
The IDMS 2014 final report is now available for download IDMS 2014 Final Report.pdf .
Dr Chris Wilkins was interviewed by Paul Henry about the findings.
Dr Chris Wilkins was interviewed by Paul Henry on Radio Live this morning about taking a stronger public health perspective New Zealand drug policy in relation to more minor offending. Click here to watch the interview.
The SHORE & Whariki Research Centre at Massey University is organising an Auckland Satellite conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) in Auckland, Devonport 11-12 May. The theme is Regulating drug use: beyond prohibition and legalisation (registration link). The conference will examine regulatory options for recreational cannabis and low risk psychoactive substances which are between prohibition and commercial legal markets, such as depenalisation, decriminalisation, clubs, pharmacy provision and non-for profit suppliers. The conference will feature five international keynote speakers on drug policy reform: Professor Beau Kilmer (RAND California), Professor Peter Reuter (University of Maryland), Professor Tom Decorte (Ghent University), Professor Alex Stevens (Kent University), and Professor Simon Lenton (Curtin University). It also features our own Professor Sally Casswell, Dr. Chris Wilkins and Marta Rychert. The conference will be opened by Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne. See flyer for more detail.
SHORE & Whāriki staff gathered in the Auckland Domain for their annual picnic - and the forecast rain stayed away!
Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai
A two day hui (Thursday 31 March and Friday 1 April 2016) will be held at Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland to explore and celebrate the legacy of our early Maori filmmakers, specifically three major figures: Barry Barclay, Merata Mita and Don Selwyn.
The hui is free and is open to whanau, filmmakers, academics, students and anyone interested in Maori media. Registrations close on the 20th of March.
Professor Casswell was a keynote speaker at the first International Conference on Effective Strategies for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse held in Kerala, India. The conference was organised by Subodham, a new body funded by a levy on alcohol sales. The State Government of Kerala has prohibited sale of spirits in bars, while allowing wine and beer, and is also reducing the numbers of State owned premises from which alcohol can be purchased for takeaway.
The article pictured was published in the Thiruvananthapuram city edition of The New Indian Express newspaper.
Professor Sally Casswell was interviewed for a Sunday Star Times' feature Booze barons drive profit off alcoholics and binge drinkers on the alcohol industry and their reliance on sales to problem and binge drinkers.
Professor Sally Casswell contributed advice on alcohol consumption as one of the Massey University experts quoted in a New Zealand Herald feature, 12 Days of Christmas Survival Tips.
The New Zealand Police have released the latest New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring Programme Report (NZ-ADUM) which is produced by SHORE staff members. The 2014 Report was authored by project leader Chris Wilkins along with Jitesh Prasad, Karl Parker, Helen Moewaka Barnes, Lanuola Asiasiga and Marta Rychert. A more detailed description of the NZ-ADUM study can be found on the project page.
The SHORE & Whāriki Research Centre celebrated Diwali this year, with a joyful dance performance and shared vegetarian lunch.
SHORE & Whariki Co-Director Sally Casswell recently featured on the Paul Henry morning show where she discussed her attendance at the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) in Edinburgh, Scotland. She discussed the effect which government policy can make regarding alcohol related harm. The interview can be viewed here.
Dr Jennifer Mindell, University College London
This seminar will briefly summarise the range of transport-related effects on health and inequalities; introduce the Elsevier journal Transport and Health; and discuss a current project seeking to develop a suite of tools to measure community severance (www.ucl.ac.uk/street-mobility).
Jennifer Mindell is Reader in Public Health at UCL where she leads the Health Survey for England team. A public health doctor, she is based in the Health and Social Surveys Research Group in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health and is also Health lead for UCL’s Transport Institute. Previously, she was Deputy Director of the London Health Observatory and led health impact assessments of the London Mayor’s Transport and other strategies. She also has experience in epidemiology, general practice, and health promotion. She was lead editor of the 2011 report Health on the Move2 and is Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Transport and Health.
DATE: November 10th, 2015
TIME: 10.30am - 12.00pm
LOCATION: SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Massey University, 90 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland CBD
RSVP: Required for catering, to Steph McKenzie: email@example.com
GAPC 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland, 7 - 9 October
The GAPC15 conference is coming up in Edinburgh 7 – 9 October. SHORE & Whariki's Professor Sally Casswell has chaired the Programme Committee and says the range of countries represented and policy topics covered is outstanding. SHORE & Whariki will be represented by four researchers and the conference and will also be holding a Working Meeting of the International Alcohol Control study (www.iacstudy.net) prior to the conference.
Manjula Nugawela Pathirannehelage is a visiting PhD student from the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK. Manjula is pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, and her topic is the use of existing data sources to evaluate alcohol control policies and contextual factors affecting alcohol consumption. Manjula recently presented on her research to the staff of the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre.
Picture: SHORE & Whariki staff with Manjula Nugawela, sixth from right.
Recently Dr Sally Casswell, Co-Director of SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, was one of 10 Massey University academics who proposed tips for victory for the All Blacks, New Zealand's national men's rugby team, as they prepare to compete in the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. The tips were published in the New Zealand Herald on 10 September 2015.
Whariki's Belinda Borell will be presenting the sixth seminar in the Maori Directorate's Seminar series. The seminar will be held on Massey's Albany campus in Quad A Boardroom on Thursday, 6 August 2015, from 12.00 - 1.00pm. Please rsvp to Margaret Kawharu (M.A.Kawharu@massey.ac.nz). Details of the seminar topic are listed below:
KAUPAPA MAORI: The greatest epistemological innovation in a generation
"Kaupapa maori" as a method and research methodology has been steadily validating and expanding a maori episteme in formal academic settings for the part few decades. Despite numerous mechanisms that tend to compartmentalise the authenticity of kaupapa maori as a gaze solely focused on "te ao Maori", kaupapa maori epistemology continues to foster extraordinary innovation and insight into areas not directly related to te ao Maori.
This seminar explores this phenomenon citing two research projects, one that highlights the diversity of cultural identity for young Maori and another that explores white privilege in Aotearoa. These examples will highlight the innovative nature of kaupapa maori and invites audience members to further discuss this potential.
The SHORE & Whariki Research Centre recently facilitated a number of workshops for the Ministry of Health and the Health Promotion Agency. These were hosted in Auckland and Queenstown (pictured above) in May and June 2015. The workshops were for nationwide PHU staff working in alcohol or Smokefree related roles- Alcohol Regulatory Officers, Medical Officers of Health, Alcohol Health Promoters or Smokefree Enforcement Officers.
Whāriki and SHORE staff celebrated Matariki, the Maori New Year, with a shared lunch. Traditionally Matariki is a time for remembering the dead and celebrating new beginnings. Director of Whariki, Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes, welcomed new staff members Renee Railton, Emerald McPhee and Pars Reddy, and remembered family and friends who had died in the past year.
Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes has been appointed to the Social Science Experts Panel which provides advice to the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu) Board about the quality and relevance of Superu's research and evaluation programme. Superu is a government agency, formerly known as the Families Commission.
The Kids in the City research team were approached by Auckland Council to carry out a 'child-friendly audit' of Freyberg Square in Auckland's CBD. Freyberg Square is being redeveloped by Auckland Council as part of the wider redevelopment of the Pioneer Women's and Ellen Melville Hall. Six children who had previously participated in our Kids in the City research in 2012 and our subsequent Children Researching Children pilot in 2013 were approached to take part in this consultation, along with an additional five younger children. After a workshop onsite to brief the children with maps of the square and an outline of the proposed upgrade they were sent out with cameras. The children took photos as they examined every nook and cranny of the square and bordering areas. Back inside their observations and reflections on what they liked and didn't like, where and what they would play on and whether they felt safe were elicited during a group discussion. The children then marked on individual areal maps the places they liked and did not like and wrote down their reasons and comments.
Findings from the Kids in the City study, led by SHORE's Professor Karen Witten, were included in a New Zealand Herald article marking Aotearoa Neighbours Day. Auckland children and their parents were interviewed as part of the Kids in the City study with most parents saying "their children had less freedom to explore neighbourhood environments than they had experienced as children." The Herald article reviewed other New Zealand research relating to the changing face of New Zealand neighbourhoods and discussed the importance of getting to know your neighbours.
Professor Sally Casswell was recently featured on the 'Seven Sharp' programme which airs on TVNZ's Channel One. During this segment, Sally commented on alcohol drinking trends regarding consumption in private homes. The segment is available to be viewed here or on the TVNZ website.
The Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) is conducted annually to provide a 'snapshot' of illegal drug use and drug related harm in New Zealand. The current report presents the eight year of data collection. The IDMS interviews approximately 300 frequent drug users each year in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Results are contextualized with secondary data sources such as drug seizure statistics, calls to the Alcohol and Drug Helpline, and admissions to drug treatment services. The study is intended to inform strategic responses to drug problems in New Zealand, such as the provision of health and treatment services to drug users.
The 2013 IDMS final report is now available for download IDMS 2013 Report (3,375 KB) :
Wilkins, C., Prasad, J., Wong, K., Rychert, M. Recent trends in illegal drug use in New Zealand 2006-2013: Findings from the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Illegal Drug Monitoring System (IDMS). Auckland: SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, Massey University.
Please see the flyer above for 2015's Global Alcohol Policy conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.
SHORE & Whariki's Dr Chris Wilkins recently spoke on Radio New Zealand regarding psychoactive substances, and particularly the pre-gym supplement 'Frenzy' which has now been banned in NZ. Audio is available to be listened to here.
Congratulations to SHORE's Professor Karen Witten who is a recipient of a 2014 Massey University College of Health Research Award. The College of Health's Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr Paul McDonald, presented this award to Karen today at a reception at SHORE & Whariki's Symonds Street offices.
The staff of the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre wish all their colleagues, associates and partners a Happy New Year and a productive start to 2015.
The SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Massey University, is offering one Doctoral Study scholarship for a suitably qualified person to undertake PhD studies linked to the International Alcohol Control (IAC) study (www.iacstudy.org).
The scholarship would be expected to be taken up in 2015 and is valued at NZ$25,000 per annum for three years full-time study. In addition domestic tuition fees would be funded for the period of the scholarship.
The International Alcohol Control (IAC) study assesses the impact of alcohol control policy on consumption and policy related behaviours. Modelled on the International Tobacco Control study it uses longitudinal surveys with comparison between countries and the Alcohol Environment Protocol collecting data documenting the alcohol environment. The survey measures mediating policy relevant variables such as the prices paid and the way in which alcohol is obtained and has the potential to provide empirical evidence to inform policy development. The first survey was carried out in New Zealand in 2011 and a further 10 countries have now joined the study which is co-ordinated by SHORE & Whariki Research Centre.
The successful candidate will be working with Professor Sally Casswell.
It is expected that applicants will hold an Honours or Master's degree in a social science and have quantitative skills. Applicants must meet Massey University's selection criteria for entry into the PhD. Further information on the University's entry requirements can be found at this link: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/research/higher-research-degrees/how-to-apply-for-the-phd/how-to-apply-for-the-phd.cfm
To apply, please forward a covering letter and curriculum vitae to the address below:
Caroline Lowe, Business Manager
SHORE & Whariki Research Centre
PO Box 6137, Wellesley Street, AUCKLAND
The application deadline for the SHORE & Whariki Doctoral Scholarship 2015 closes on 28th February 2015 at 12 noon. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for the scholarship. If you are successfully shortlisted for the scholarship, we will contact you to discuss the next stage of the selection process. If you would like to discuss this opportunity with a research team member, please email Sally Casswell (S.Casswell@massey.ac.nz) or call (+64) (9) 366 6136.
The SHORE & Whariki Research Centre recently undertook a Review of Tobacco Control Services for the Ministry of Health. Tobacco use in New Zealand is the single largest cause of preventable death, and a major factor contributing to health inequality.
The review investigated whether the services that are currently in place to address tobacco related harm are sufficient to support achievement of the Government’s Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal. The recommendations outlined in the report were formulated based on an extensive review of the evidence and existing services, as well as input from key stakeholders. The report can be viewed here.
SHORE'S Professor Sally Casswell and Taisia Huckle recently met in Hanoi with their Vietnamese colleagues from the International Alcohol Control (IAC) study. They are pictured above visiting the Hanoi School of Public Health in November. More information about the IAC study can be viewed here.
Professor Peter Reuter, School of Public Policy and Department of Criminology, University of Maryland
SEMINAR- Regulating Pleasure: Choosing Regimes for Psychoactive Drugs
The SHORE & Whariki Research Centre was pleased today to welcome Professor Peter Reuter to our offices to hold a seminar regarding New Psychoactive Substances. Professor Reuter is one of the leading academics in the drug policy field and discussed the New Zealand Psychoactive Substances Act which has received a lot of attention internationally. Further information about the seminar is available here: P Reuter seminar invite final (256 KB) . The seminar will also be repeated on Thursday November 27th at the Wellington campus of Massey University. All are welcome to attend.
Congratulations to Whariki's Angela Moewaka Barnes who was recently awarded a Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Travel Award in Indigenous Development. About this award, Angela says 'the award contributes to travel to the USA in 2015 where I will present my research and participate in discussions, particularly findings emerging from my PhD research in Maori film and Kaupapa Maori Film theory but will traverse a range of Maori interests including health and wellbeing. I intend to engage with indigenous researchers, academics and practitioners in the USA where I will also be able to contribute to and learn from their research. This offers an opportunity for engagement and potential collaboration that will inform and promote discussions regarding the project of indigenous media and representations and be applied to a range of my research interests. On my return I intend to share findings with a range of groups, including Maori researchers, academics and media practitioners.'
Whariki have recently received funding to support a collective of four iwi to develop a strategic approach to environmental research priorities in the Far North. Work over two years will see Whariki researcher Wendy Henwood placed with the Te Hiku o Te Ika Iwi Development Trust. Wendy will work with the four following iwi: Te Rarawa, Ngai Takoto, Te Aupouri and Ngati Kuri. The project aims to develop an environmental research strategy including a staged approach to environmental rejuvenation and sustainability. Wendy says that the focus is on "the taiao (environment) and achieving sustainability through iwi and hapu relationships with land and sea, including aspects of indigenous innovation and knowledge". She says the collaboration will also increase the capacity and capability for on going research and development within the iwi, "and their ability to identify environmentally based opportunities and innovations to contribute to economic growth".
The Te Ara Mua - Future Streets Project was discussed today in an article in the NZ Herald. SHORE's Professor Karen Witten is part of the Research Team on this project. Te Ara Mua - Future Streets is a project to make streets in Māngere Central safer and easier for people to travel around, especially by walking or cycling. The project includes staff from seven research organisations, Auckland Transport, and Community and Maori/Pacific Advisors. They are working to design street changes, understand their impact, and then implement the changes. The NZ Herald article can be viewed here. More information about Te Ara Mua - Future Streets can be found here.
'A snap shot of alcohol-related harm', authored by Taisia Huckle, was released in the media today and shows high levels of harm in Auckland. The report may be viewed online on the New Zealand Herald website. The newspaper article also includes a response from important stakeholders such as Alcohol Healthwatch.
Today SHORE's Professor Karen Witten spoke with Kathryn Ryan on National Radio's 'Nine To Noon' programme. Dr Witten is a contributor to the Auckland-based study 'Kids in the City'. This study considers how children are effected by living in Auckland's CBD, in order to understand the opportunities and constraints on play and independent mobility for children living in medium and high density housing. A finding of this study is that attachment-style parenting is making children anxious, and could damage their health. The interview can be listened to here.
SHORE's Professor Sally Casswell featured recently on the TVNZ show 'Nigel Latta: The Trouble With Booze'. This is a series which addresses major social issues facing New Zealanders. This episode focused upon drinking culture. Professor Casswell featured on Episode 3, Series 1. The programme may be viewed here.
Image: Film still from 'Nigel Latta: The Trouble With Booze', TVNZ.
A SHORE staff member, Dr Taisia Huckle, recently attended a 'Science Media Savvy' workshop, a programme provided by the Science Media Centre New Zealand. The workshop was held on August 7th - 8th at the University of Waikato. These workshops help members of the science community to improve their media skills, with the end goal of promoting accurate, bias-free reporting on science and technology.
Image: Dr Taisia Huckle undertaking training.
Today the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre was pleased to host a seminar by Dr Phong Thai, Research Fellow, National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology, University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Thai's seminar was titled 'Reading the wastewater - an emerging tool for understanding what goes on in the population'.
Wastewater is a valuable resource which can be used to provide relatively objective information on usage and exposure of a population to chemicals in a given catchment. In the last few years we have collected and analysed wastewater samples to asses drug usage in a population as well as to determine variations in populations size itself and differences in drug use between populations.
Image: L to r - Dr Chris Wilkins, SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Massey University; Dr Phong Thai, University of Queensland, Australia; seminar attendee.
The New Zealand Police have today released the latest New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring Programme Report (NZ-ADUM) which is produced by SHORE staff members. The 2013 report was authored by Chris Wilkins, Pratyusha Jawalkar, Helen Moewaka Barnes, Karl Parker and Lanuola Asiasiga.
The NZ-ADUM study is undertaken annually, with yearly findings being compared with previous NZ-ADUM research findings in order to establish trends. Arrestees were interviewed throughout the country and involvement was optional and confidential. Further information about the report is available here, and the report can be downloaded here.
Professor Paul McDonald, Pro Vice-Chancellor - College of Health, Massey University, visited the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre today. He enthusiastically presented to staff about his extensive experience and career in public health. Professor McDonald discussed selected future challenges for public health, and propositions for enhancing public health planning and evaluation. Centre staff and PhD students found this to be a stimulating and engaging discussion.
Dr Sally Casswell recently presented in São Paulo, Brazil at an open seminar with over 400 participants. This was hosted by the National Institute of Alcohol and Drug Policies, Federal University of São Paulo. The topic of the seminar was 'Alcohol and Violence: Public Health and economic interest' and Sally's presentation was titled 'Finding a way forward for alcohol control policy – globally and nationally'.
Professor Karen Witten recently discussed with NewstalkZB her research around the activity levels of children in relation to their living environment. Karen's comment can be seen here.
The research of SHORE's Dr Taisia Huckle and Karl Parker has been discussed in a recent New Zealand Herald article. The article discusses how the lowering of the alcohol purchasing age has effected an increase in the chances of young drivers being involved in an alcohol-involved vehicle crash which caused injury or death. The article can be read here.
SHORE's Professor Karen Witten is quoted in a recent New Zealand Herald article regarding the 'Kids in the City' project which she is involved with. The article discusses research findings showing that the physical activity of pre-teens is restricted. The article can be viewed here.
Drug prevention expert Geoff Munro from the Australian Drug Foundation and Dr Chris Wilkins from Massey University in New Zealand have published a paper New Psychoactive Drugs: No Easy Answer examining the trans-Tasman responses to new psychoactive substances (NPS) – commonly referred to as ‘synthetic drugs’. Download the press release here:
Findings from the 2012 Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) have been released today. The report is available to download from the IDMS project page. See the press release and New Zealand Herald coverage of the findings. The study is lead by Dr Chris Wilkins.
The New Scientist international science magazine has recently published an article titled 'High as a Kiwi: Inside the nation saying yes to drugs'. Dr Chris Wilkins, a SHORE & Whariki Research Centre staff member, is quoted in the article and his recent research work is discussed also. He particularly discusses the use and prohibition of BZP in New Zealand.
Please see a preview of the article here.
SHORE's Professor Sally Casswell leads the International Alcohol Study. This international collaborative research study is focused on testing the effects of various alcohol policies on liquor consumption and problems in low and middle-income countries.
A report as part of this study has recently been published online and is available for download. This report is titled 'The International Alcohol Control Study: Pricing Data and Hours of Purchase Predict Heavier Drinking'.
More information about the study and publication can be seen here.
ALCOHOL RESEARCH PhD SCHOLARSHIP
We are seeking a suitably qualified person to undertake a PhD linked to the International Alcohol Control (IAC) study. The successful applicant will join and be supported by an established team of researchers. The student will be based at the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, Massey University, located in the Auckland CBD, New Zealand. This three year scholarship is valued at NZ $25,000 p.a. (tax free) plus tuition fees.
The International Alcohol Control (IAC) study assesses the impact of alcohol control policy on consumption and policy related behaviours. Modelled on the International Tobacco Control study it uses longitudinal surveys with comparison between countries and the Alcohol Environment Protocol collecting data documenting the alcohol environment. Further information about this opportunity can be found in this document .
The closing date for applications is 31 March 2014.
DRUG RESEARCH PhD SCHOLARSHIP
We are seeking a suitably qualified person to undertake a PhD linked to the Illicit Drug Monitoring (IDMS)research study. The IDMS conducts annual ‘snapshots’ of trends in illegal drug use and emerging drugs in New Zealand, and has been conducted for the past eight years. The successful applicant will join and be supported by an established team of researchers. The student will be based at the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, Massey University, located in the Auckland CBD, New Zealand. This three year scholarship is valued at NZ $25,000 p.a. (tax free) plus tuition fees. Further information about this opportunity can be found in this document Drug research PhD Scholarship advertisement.doc (185 KB) .
The closing date for applications is 10 March 2014.
Recently a number of Whariki staff attended events in Auckland and Northland on Waitangi Day as part of the 'Affective practice, identity and wellbeing in Aotearoa' project. This project is concerned with how race, culture, and nationhood are continually reproduced in both daily activities and key events, through embodied social meanings and practices. The research project explores little-studied acts of commemoration/celebration that express nation and community. Waitangi Day, Anzac Day, Matariki, Chinese and Gregorian New Year build and divide, acknowledge and deny, include and exclude and are focal points where we represent ourselves to each other and the world. They are rich in meaning, wairua and emotion for all citizens, whether participating directly or not and have major implications for identity, wellbeing and social cohesion. Our research will focus on the affective politics evoked as people relate, engage and grapple with cultural observances and often charged acts of remembrance in Aotearoa/New Zealand. We will produce new conceptual knowledge around wairua and emotion as neglected dimensions of relationships between Maori and non-Maori. This project is supported by the Marsden Fund.
Image: Waitangi Day celebrations, 2014. Credit: H Moewaka Barnes.
The School of Public Health's Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health will be offered by Massey University for the first time this year. Study in the first semester will commense shortly. Further information about the Certificate is available here.
Recently the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre hosted Dr Surasak Chaiyasong, Health Promotion Policy Research Center, IHPP, Ministry of Public Health and Mahasarakham University Faculty of Pharmacy, Thailand. Dr Chaiyasong is a contributor to the International Alcohol Control Policy Evaluation Study which our staff also contribute to. Visiting with him was his colleague Suwara Kaewnuy. During their visit, Dr Chaiyasong and Miss Kaewnuy gave an informative presentation to our staff.
Pictured: Dr Surasak Chaiyasong (left) and Suwara Kaewnuy (right) speaking to SHORE & Whariki Research Centre staff.
Warm congratulations go to Whariki's Victoria Lasatele who has received a Health Research Council Pacific Health Research PhD Scholarship. Victoria will examine how Samoan peoples with heart disease experience the clinical care pathway – from the onset of symptoms through to primary, secondary and community care.
As part of her research Victoria will explore Samoan people’s understanding of their heart conditions and their responses to treatment. She will also identify any barriers that prevent them from using health care services. Congratulations, Victoria!
SHORE staff member, Chris Wilkins, has recently contributed his knowledge to two newpaper articles regarding illicit drug use. The first article discusses the use of Ritalin as a party or study stimulant. The article can be viewed here.
The second article, from The Press, discusses the increase in drugs being dealt online. That article can be viewed here.
Dr. Andy Dannenberg spoke to the staff of the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre today on the topic of 'Healthy cities: How the design of our built environment can support human health and sustainability'.
Healthy cities: How the design of our built environment can support human health and sustainability There is increasing recognition that the design of communities can impact human health. Community designs that feature parks, sidewalks, trails, public transit, and connectivity among destinations can encourage physical activity, help prevent obesity and its associated health consequences, and reduce dependence on automobiles whose use contributes to air pollution, motor vehicle crashes, and pedestrian injuries. Most of the features that constitute healthy community design offer co-benefits of promoting sustainability and social equity and reducing adverse health and environmental impacts from climate change. Increased attention to the health implications of the built environment has led to various innovative solutions, such as mixed-use Smart Growth developments, investments in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure, and the use of health impact assessments to convey health information to community decision-makers.
Dr. Dannenberg is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle with faculty appointments in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the UW School of Public Health and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning in the UW College of Built Environments. He formerly served as Team Lead of the Healthy Community Design Initiative in the National Center for Environmental Health at the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. For the past decade, his research and teaching has examined the health aspects of community design including land use, transportation, urban planning, and other issues related to the built environment. He has a particular focus on the use of a health impact assessment as a tool to inform community and transportation planners about the health consequences of their decisions. He is co-author with Howard Frumkin and Richard Jackson of Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Wellness, and Sustainability published by Island Press in 2011 (www.makinghealthyplaces.com). He previously served as director of the public health training division at CDC, as faculty in the Injury Prevention Center at Johns Hopkins University, and as a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Dannenberg received his medical degree (MD) from Stanford University School of Medicine and his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
(Pictured: Karen Witten and Andy Dannenberg)
Hapu Ora launch
Today marks the launch of the Hapu Ora: Wellbeing in the Early Stages of Life report. This project was funded by the partnership programme of the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the Ministry of Health.
The aim of this project was to identify Māori life course research priorities, with a specific focus on wellbeing at the early stage of life, hapū ora, covering the fetal/gestational and neonatal periods. The research involved four components: scoping and literature review, stakeholder engagement, analysis/synthesis, and identifying knowledge gaps and developing research priorities. The review brought together life course, epigenetic and social determinants approaches, along with Māori concepts of pregnancy and wellbeing. A framework was developed, outlining four levels of influence:
Together these systems, operating within historical, generational and intergenerational contexts, have an impact on the early stage of life, with implications for life course health.
Authors of the report are: Helen Moewaka Barnes, SHORE & Whāriki Research Centre, Massey University; Angela Moewaka Barnes, SHORE & Whāriki Research Centre, Massey University; Joanne Baxter, University of Otago, Dunedin; Sue Crengle, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland; Leonie Pihama, Māori Indigenous Analysis Ltd: MAIA Ltd; Mihi Ratima, Taumata Associates; Bridget Robson, Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The report may be viewed here: Further information about the project is able to be viewed here.
Congratulations to Whariki's Dr Angela Moewaka Barnes who has recently been awarded a Marsden Fast-Start Grant to research affect and identity in contemporary television drama. This funding will be used to examine how television has shaped perceptions about Māori identity, particularly among Māori. Further information about this project can be seen here.
As a part of Auckland Council's 'Auckland Conversations' series, Professor Karen Witten will shortly be presenting on a recent study named Kids in the City. Kids in the City is a study of 10-12 year old children's use and experiences of Auckland neighbourhoods. Living in vastly different neighbourhood environments, from inner city apartment blocks to suburban settings, 250 children kept trip diaries and wore GPS and accelerometers for seven days to reveal where they go, how they move about the city and how active they are in different settings. The presentation will be on Wednesday 6 November in the Limelight Room, Aotea Square between 1.00 - 2.30 pm. More information about the presentation is available in the following PDF:
A SHORE & Whariki Research Centre report commissioned by the Health Promotion Agency, examining women’s alcohol drinking patterns and alcohol-related harm over time, is now available on the HPA website. The report is titled 'Trends in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms among females in New Zealand'. Please see here to view or download the report.
Recently the Whariki Research Group hosted a seminar entitled 'Researching racism and health'. Speakers at the seminar were Dr Ricci Harris, Senior Research Fellow, Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago, Wellington and also Dr Donna Cormack, Senior Research Fellow, Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago, Wellington. A description of the seminar content is as follows:
Racism is a fundamental underlying determinant of health, driving ethnic inequalities in New Zealand and abroad. Processes of racialisation are central to understanding racism and the racial stratification of society. There are many manifestations of racism and pathways to health. In this seminar we will present findings from our recent research including concepts of ethnic density and socially-assigned ethnicity and their relationships to Maori health and experience of racial discrimination, using data from the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey. The findings provide insights into processes by which racialised hierarchies are sustained in our society, at both structural and interpersonal levels.
Professor Sally Casswell appeared earlier in the year on Face Television's 'In Conversation with Noel Cheer' programme. The programme is now available for viewing on YouTube. Please see the video below.
Congratulations to Helen Moewaka Barnes, Co-Director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, who was recently promoted to the position of Professor. Helen leads the Whariki group and has worked with Massey for the past eleven years. She works on research in many areas; more recently relationships between the health of people and the health of environments, sexual coercion, impacts on babies in utero and in the early days, alcohol, gambling, youth well-being and identity. Her work is both qualitative and quantitative and she is involved in conducting research within Māori paradigms.
ASB Visiting Professor Thomas F. Babor, University of Connecticut, USA, visited the SHORE/ Whariki Research Centre today to discuss his research into alcohol marketing and the alcohol industry. Professor Babor gave an informal seminar which was enthusiastically received.
He is pictured above with his host, Professor Sally Casswell. Professor Babor and Professor Casswell are both Keynote Speakers at the GAPC13 conference in Seoul, Korea on October 7 – 9.
Wendy Henwood, a SHORE/ Whariki Research Centre staff member, has recently been profiled in the Health Research Council's magazine, Panui. This publication is focussed upon Maori health, and discusses research led by Wendy in to the effects of the Utakura River's water quality on the health and wellbeing of local Maori. Utakura River was too polluted for locals to eat fish from or to swim in. However, environmental conditions are now improving with flow-on effects to the wellbeing of the local community. For more information about this project, please see below for a PDF of the article.
This project was supported by a 2010 HRC Nga Kanohi Kitea Community Grant.
SHORE/ Whariki Research Centre PhD candidate, Dee (Acushla) O’Carroll, recently received the Fulbright-Harkness New Zealand Fellowship Award. This award from Fulbright New Zealand recognises emerging New Zealand leaders and allows for study or research in the US. Dee will use the Award to extend her doctoral thesis study of Māori and social networking. She will be able to undertake research in both Hawai'i and Seattle where she will conduct interviews with Hawaiian and First Nation American people. Congratulations, Dee!
A pilot project training children to do research with children is currently underway at the SHORE/Whāriki Research Centre. Six 10 and 11 year-old inner city children are investigating ‘what's it like living in the city’, surveying their peers about issues which are important to them. An internationally recognised age-appropriate training model – along with lots of hands-on help from three of our researchers – is allowing the children to learn about the nature of research (including learning from other research, ethics and framing research questions), data collection (including interview techniques, questionnaires and surveys), data analysis (quantitative and qualitative) and dissemination (including report writing and presentation skills). The children have just completed their data collection and are now learning how to analyse their findings. When their reports and presentations are complete, the children will present their research to Auckland Council staff and the Waitemata Local Board.
Associate Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes recently received significant funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. The Whariki project is entitled ‘Maori health identities: Affecting and driving health?’ Funding has been given for 36 months and incorporates the skills of other Whariki staff members, Associate Professor Dr Tim McCreanor, Belinda Borell and Dr Angela Moewaka Barnes.
The aims of the study are to investigate Maori health identities, examine their impacts and develop actions for better engagement with and targeting of health messages and better alignment of services with Maori needs and expectations. Focus group interviews will gather a range of attitudes and beliefs in relation to health and, along with material from the public sphere will be used to develop statements for structured and unstructured interviews using qualitative and Q-sort methodologies. Knowledge translation and the development of actions will be facilitated through hui processes with key stakeholders. New knowledge will be created around a set of discrete Maori health identities with key implications for health and wellbeing and aimed at improving Maori health outcomes. Findings will contribute broadly to improved interventions, engagement and health service delivery.
Dr Chris Wilkins is first author on an article on the new psychoactive substances regime in New Zealand, published online today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. He featured recently in frontpage and background articles in the Saturday Herald's coverage of the Psychoactive Substances Bill which is currently being considered by Parliament's Health Select Committee and expected to pass into law in August. Once enacted the Psychoactive Substances Bill will create the world's first legal, regulated market for recreational drugs. Dr Wilkins urged caution in introducing a licencing system for psychoactive drugs. His views were included in a follow-up editorial in the Herald.
Dr Taisia Huckle was recently awarded a Health Research Council Emerging Researcher First Grant. This grant supports emerging researchers who are seeking to establish independent careers in health research. Dr Huckle's topic is 'Restricting the availability of alcohol to reduce alcohol-related harm in New Zealand'. Her research will be funded for 36 months. Congratulations, Taisia.
The SHORE and Whariki Research Centre were pleased to recently facilitate Ministry of Health training workshops for Central & Southern appointed Smoke-free Enforcement Officers. This training was held in sunny Nelson in mid May.
A film crew from Maori Television visited the Whariki offices today to film Dee O’Carroll, one of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre’s PhD candidates.
Dee was being filmed for a show called ‘Te Iti Kahurangi’ which is a new programme on Maori Television. The show profiles successful and inspiring Maori who are doing great things in their respective areas. The segment about Dee will focus on her research into how social networking sites impact Maori people and culture. Dee is nearing completion of her PhD and has recently published an article in the MAI journal, and has featured on Te Pūtahi and Mataora (both panel shows discussing pertinent Māori issues in te reo Māori) and Te Kārere (Māori news channel) where she discussed her research. She has also been interviewed numerous times on national and local iwi radio stations and presented her research in New York, USA in June 2012.
The episode featuring Dee will air in Spring 2013.
Dee O'Carroll is pictured far right with SHORE/ Whariki PhD student Teah Carlson second from right
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2 May 2013
Ministry of Health funded alcohol Regulatory Officers and alcohol Health Promoters in the Northern and Midlands regions attended a workshop run by the MOH and National Public Health Alcohol Working Group (NPHAWG). The SHORE and Whariki Research Centre was pleased to have a coordinating role in organising this workshop, held at the Novotel Hotel, Auckland Airport.
The Ministry of Health held a one-day training workshop for all appointed Smoke-free Enforcement Officers from the Northern and Midlands region at the Novotel Hotel, Auckland Airport. The SHORE and Whariki Centre had a role in the coordination of this workshop. Centre staff worked closely with Brendon Baker, pictured left, who is Senior Advisor, Sector Capability and Implementation Business Unit at the Ministry of Health.
SHORE and Whariki staff member, Taisia Huckle, was awarded a PhD at today's Massey University graduation ceremony in Auckland. Taisia researched the drinking patterns and alcohol-related harms among young people after the liberalisation of alcohol policy changes. She says more effective restrictions are needed to reduce alcohol-related harm among young people in New Zealand. Professor Sally Casswell attended the ceremony along with Taisia's husband and family.
The New Zealand Herald reports comments by Professor Sally Casswell in response to the launch of the Standard Glass Campaign by the consumer education group Cheers. The campaign is based on a survey finding that two out of three New Zealanders are not able to identify a standard drink of alcohol.
Professor Sally Casswell is a co-author of the article 'Profits and Pandemics', published as part of the Lancet series on the spread of non-communicable chronic diseases in low and middle income countries. The article has been reported widely in New Zealand and overseas: The Independent, Mail Online, MDLinx, ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation.
The New Zealand Herald reports on the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance's Statement of Concern. The statement was issued in response to global alcohol producers' attempts to become invloved in the WHO's implementation of the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol . Professor Sally Casswell is one of the 16 authors of the statement.
The School of Public Health has been awarded funding to develop a New Zealand Certificate in Public Health after responding to a Ministry of Health request for proposal. SHORE and Whariki will coordinate the development of a teaching framework and materials for the Certificate, working with staff from the Sleep/Wake Centre, Research Centre for Maori Health and Development and Centre for Public Health Research.
Professor Susan Mumm, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, along with Heather Tootell, Leanne Menzies and Tracy Sanderson joined SHORE and Whariki Research Centre staff for a farewell morning tea preparatory to the Centre's move to the newly established College of Health in 2013.
Wilkins, C., Sweetsur, P., Smart, B., Warne, C., & Jawalkar, S. (2012). Recent trends in illegal drug use in New Zealand: Findings from the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS). Auckland: SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, Massey University.
See Massey News article
Wilkins, C., Sweetsur, P., Moewaka Barnes, H., Smart, B., Asiasiga, L., & Warne, C. (2012). New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring (NZ-ADUM) - 2011 Results. Auckland: SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, School of Public Health, Massey University.
A number of staff attended the 38th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society in Stavanger, Norway from the 4-8 June 2012. Presentations were made by Professor Sally Casswell, Dr Taisia Huckle and Dr Martin Wall. A meeting with international collaborators on the international alcohol control study was also held.
Wilkins, C., Sweetsur, P., Smart, B., & Griffiths, R. 2011. Recent trends in illegal drug use in New Zealand, 2006--2010: Findings from the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS).
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