Research impact stories , Ngā kōrero mō te pānga mai o te rangahau

Our researchers are committed to making a real difference for Aotearoa New Zealand and for the world. Read stories of the impact our research is having and how it can change lives.

Mana-enhancing self testing for HPV

Dr Naomi Brewer and Professor John Potter's research promises to reduce cervical cancer in Māori, Pasifika and Asian women.

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Steering gamers from gambling harm

Dr Aaron Drummond's loot box research has led to increased protection for gamers vulnerable to gambling.

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Insights into the evolution of bird song

Professor Dianne Brunton shows how bird songs and dialects affect mate selection and evolution in native species.

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Filtering through our biological past

Murray Cox's research uses computational analysis to address fundamental biological questions in contemporary genomics.

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Transformed books & visual arts to spark the imagination

Dr Jess Richards weaves words and art together in quietly captivating ways to realise her long-held dream of a PhD.

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Vegetables from weaning to improve health & nutrition

Jeanette Rapson is creating a healthier future for kids with her passion for nutrition and translating complex science.

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Can corals adapt to climate change?

Dr David Aguirre uses less invasive methods to learn how corals and toheroa are affected by climate change.

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Reflections in neon

Professor Robert Jahnke's art reflects on the dynamics of intercultural exchange and the politics of identity.

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From The Chills to the classroom

Keyboardist Dr Oli Wilson uses participatory ethnography to understand the context in which music is produced and performed.

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Design that unites & inspires

Professor Anna Brown explains how design, from books to government services, can spark joy and make lives better.

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The magic of the silver screen

Dr Pansy Duncan works with film production materials as they become part of how we experience what we see on screen.

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Māori philosophy & social justice

Dr Krushil Watene creates an approach grounded in Māori concepts and extends it to indigenous philosophies.

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A pathway to Māori research in business

Dr Jason Mika explores how the Māori economy is growing, what challenges it's facing, and how to support it.

Wairua, affect & our national days

Professor Moewaka Barnes believes national days include both celebration and tension, and we should learn to live with both.

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Māori disaster risk reduction & emergency management

Professor Christine Kenney shows how the Māori communitarian approach to risk reduction is effective and can be applied globally.

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From crisis to dreams: social change for the missing voices

James Cherrington brings the voices of whānau to his social work PhD as he researches social change.

A pill-sized robot for better health outcomes

Muhammad Rehan's wireless robotic capsule could save lives by diagnosing diseases earlier.

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Mathematics for opportunity & equity

Dr Jodie Hunter is passionate about developing culturally responsive maths teaching for Pacific school students.

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