Cannabis policy experts to speak at public lectures

Massey University is hosting a series of public lectures on cannabis policy reform in the lead-up to the national referendum cannabis law planned for next year’s general election.

Associate Professor Chris Wilkins and Dr Marta Rychert from the SHORE & Whāriki Research Centre, in collaboration with colleagues from the College of Creative Arts’ Design & Democracy Project, are bringing speakers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Uruguay to speak about the cannabis reforms enacted in their countries in a series of lectures open to the public in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington next month.

 In addition to a public seminar being held in Wellington on 15 October, Massey University has partnered with the University of Auckland Public Policy Institute and University of Otago to bring the speakers to Auckland (October 17) and Christchurch (October 18). See more details here.
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Enabling participation of disabled children and young people

This Health Research Council funded study, undertaken with 35 disabled children and young people and their whanau, has concluded that social attitudes can undermine inclusion and participation as much if not more than inaccessible built environments. To illustrate the effects of ableism of the wellbeing of disabled young people SHORE & Whariki researchers have collaborated with cartoonist Toby Morris. Link to Toby’s cartoon here.

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Global Health Forum of Boao Forum

17 June 2019

Professor Sally Casswell was a speaker at the Global Health Forum of the Boao Forum in Qindao, China, June 2019,  in the session on risk factors for NCDs. Professor Casswell directs SHORE, which is a WHO Collaborating Centre in alcohol and drug research and is chair of the global NGO, the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance.
Allison Li
PVC visit

21 May 2019

Professor Jane Mills, the PVC for the College of Health, visited SHORE & Whariki for a lunch-time catch up on Friday. After lunch, Teah Carlson, Taisia Huckle, Octavia Calder-Dawe and Angela Moewaka Barnes (pictured) gave brief presentations about the studies they are currently working on.

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Funding granted for research to explore medicinal cannabis use

16 May 2019

Dr Marta Rychert from Massey University’s SHORE & Whāriki Research Centre has been awarded almost $250,000 from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to explore medicinal cannabis use in New Zealand.

HRC press release is here:

Massey release is here:


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Congratulations To belinda Borell

13 May 2019

Belinda (Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Whakatohea) recently graduated with her PhD and participated in the celebration to honour Maori graduates at the Victoria Convention Centre in Auckland. Her thesis explores how societal privilege contributes to health inequities and how kaupapa Maori methodologies can offer new and exciting insights into complex problems that affect the health and wellbeing of the nation. She greatly appreciates the support of her family as well as her supervisors, Professors Helen Moewaka Barnes and Tim McCreanor and all the team at Whariki and SHORE. (4).jpg
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AM show interview - Chris Wilkins

7 May 2019

Research shows continued use of cannabis can have a harmful mental and physical impact on people under 25. Yet, an apparently leaked Cabinet paper reveals the Government is considering setting the legal age at 20.
Is New Zealand ready for its cannabis referendum?  See more interview details here.

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Congratulations to Teah Carlson

2 May 2019

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He uri mokopuna tēnei no Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou me Waikato- Tainui hoki.

Teah completed her PhD in Public Health at Massey University, titled “Kaupapa Māori Evaluation: Transforming health literacy”. She evaluated the effectiveness of a heart disease medicines health literacy intervention for Māori who were involved in the programme, exploring the contribution kaupapa Māori theorising may offer to the evaluation of health literacy activities. Teah’s research promotes reclamation of health literacy as a space for Māori to be themselves; a space that is negotiated, adaptive, and shaped by people, whānau, and communities.

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Wastewater drug testing

1 May 2019

Associate Professor Chris Wilkins joined Breakfast this morning to discuss wastewater drug testing and New Zealand’s meth problem. View the interview here.

Lisa Morice
Doctoral Scholarship in Darknet study

17 April 2019

We have a PhD scholarship available for darknet research in New Zealand (attached). The recipient will be based at SHORE & Whariki (Massey University) in Auckland, New Zealand (with Associate Professor Chris Wilkins and Dr. Marta Rychert) and a wider team of well-known Australian drug researchers including Dr. Monica Barratt and Professor Jochen Mueller. Please feel free to circulate widely.

Doctoral Scholarship

Applications are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship with the drug research team at the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health, Massey University, New Zealand in the field of online encrypted drug markets (known as “darknets”). The PhD is part of a wider study of the impact of darknets in New Zealand funded by the New Zealand Royal Society Marsden Fund. This three-year scholarship is valued at NZ $27,500 p.a. plus tuition fees. The candidate will be based at our offices in central Auckland, New Zealand. This scholarship could suit a candidate from a number of disciplines including computer science, criminology, health, law and economics.

Those who are interested in applying are invited to email Associate Professor Chris Wilkins with a brief outline of their relevant experience, curriculum vitae and one piece of academic writing by the 10th June 2019

You can read about our recent research at

Applying for the Scholarship

It is expected the candidate will hold a first class honour’s or master’s degree in an area relevant to the topic area. Applicants must meet the University’s criteria for entry into the PhD programme and have a grade average sufficient to be eligible for a doctoral scholarship (i.e. GPA 7.5+).

You can down load PDF here.

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The College of Health Golden Apple Award for Research 2019

12 March 2019

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Dr Taisia Huckle of SHORE & Whariki Research Centre was awarded the College of Health Golden Apple Award for Research 2019 and received the award from the PVC Jane Mills at the Albany campus PVC Forum. Dr Huckle has succeeded regularly in contestible research funding rounds, in peer reviewed publications and also in knowledge translation in her area of alcohol policy research. (2).jpg
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An expert's view on the huge methamphetamine bust

26 Feb 2019

A massive haul of methamphetamine hidden in golf carts has been intercepted by customs.

The drugs were sent from the US in shipping containers but are believed to have come from a Mexican drug cartel.

Massey University Senior Drug Researcher Chris Wilkins spoke to The AM Show.

Watch the video here.

Allison Li
Enhancing the science/policy interface

25 Feb 2019

A meeting co-hosted with Cath Edmonson of the Health Promotion Agency included stakeholders from government ministries and agencies, Maori stakeholders and community sector. It met to discuss the proposal to co-produce a developmental and evaluation platform to improve alcohol policy and reduce alcohol social harm.  Funding bids are being prepared.

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Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship awarded for alcohol study

20 Nov 2018

Dr Taisia Huckle from Massey University’s SHORE & Whāriki Research Centre has been awarded a Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

The $500,000 grant will fund Dr Huckle’s latest research project, entitled Alcohol’s harm to others: impacts on children of problem/heavy drinkers, and will be carried out over the next four years. See more details here.

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