Latest news from the College of Health

Children’s milk drinking habits analysed
New research shows a direct relationship between the consumption of cow's milk, and socio-demographic factors.
Opinion: Data deluge needs human analytical filter
New Zealand faces a critical shortage of skilled practitioners able to analyse, interpret and disseminate the wealth of data needed to inform and...
Opinion: Reflections from a palace in Salzburg
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Opinion: Pushing limits on legal drugs tarnishes sport
The sport of cycling has suffered another blow, in the eyes of the public at least, with a "non-negative" drug test from four-time Tour de France...
Over 55s needed for survey on ageing in NZ
Massey University researchers are seeking 400 people aged over 55 to do an online survey that will contribute to research and knowledge on health and...
Massey projects funded to unlock curious minds
Five Massey projects have been awarded more than $350,000 to help children explore biomechanics, air quality, Māori participation in science,...
International study: Older Kiwis are heavy drinkers
A new report released by the Health Promotion Agency shows that older New Zealanders are drinking more often and in a more harmful manner than older...
Science Teaching Leadership Programme a “chance of a lifetime”
The Science Teaching Leadership Programme, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, has inspired and motivated teachers to get...
Nutrition student awarded Claude McCarthy Fellowship
Nutritional sciences PhD student Hajar Mazahery has been awarded the Claude McCarthy Fellowship, funding a trip to Spain for the Vitamin D Workshop.
Social work student relishes rare opportunity in Thailand
Bachelor of Social Work student Courtney Cray was one of more than 900 students from around the globe at the 8th University Scholar Leadership...

Hot topics in the media

Massey University's health experts are often sought out for their expertise and opinions on topical issues. Here are the latest interviews and commentary in the news.

Drinking habits

Dr Andy Towers was interviewed live on TVNZs Breakfast about his latest research into the drinking habits of people aged over 50 in New Zealand, and comparing them with older people from eight other countries.  

Excessive drinking 

The New Zealand Herald/Herald on Sunday ran a story on avoiding the health risks associate with excessive drinking over the holiday period. The article quoted Dr Matthew Barnes, who also provided tips for not overdoing it.

Alcohol and exercise

Australian website The New Daily ran an article on the unhealthy diet and fitness trends in 2017. The article mentioned research from Massey University which showed that alcohol after a workout can interfere with post-exercise muscle recovery.

Water tanks

Stan Abbott, director of the Roof Water Harvesting Centre did a live interview with Radio New Zealand about using water tanks safely this summer. 

Vaping vs smoking

Newshub’s website published an article on the Ministry of Health telling MPs that vaping is better than smoking. The article referred to comments made by Associate Professor Marewa Glover in November, saying that upfront costs of vaping remain a barrier for those wanting to switch from cigarettes.

Nutrition ran an article on Wanaka’s Aspiring Conversations Festival, mentioning that Professor John Potter will pose the question: Does what we eat really matter? 

Social Work

The NZ Herald/Wanganui Chronicle published an article on new Te Oranganui CEO Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata, who taught social work at Massey for 20 years.















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