6 August 2018

Associate Professor Chris Wilkins, speaking this morning to TVNZ 1's Breakfast programme, said the number of arrests for cannabis has fallen by about 70 per cent since 1990, as police are increasingly uninterested in punishing people for related offences. 

See more details here.

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Allison Li
14 June 2018

The Journal of Transport & Health is providing free access until August 02, 2018 to two recent articles co-authored by researchers at SHORE & Whāriki. Click on the titles of the articles following to download them: Te Ara Mua –Future Streets: Knowledge exchange and the highs and lows of researcher-practitioner collaboration to design active travel infrastructure, and Built environment associates of active school travel in New Zealand children and youth: A systematic meta-analysis using individual participant data.

Lisa Morice
25 May 2018

Improving youth wellbeing is an increasing priority of policymakers, researchers and politicians in New Zealand, but what does wellbeing mean to young New Zealanders today? 

A new research project, led by Dr Octavia Calder-Dawe with Victoria Lesatele and Emerald Muriwai from Massey University’s SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre, has been awarded an emerging researcher grant of nearly $250,000 from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

See more details here.

Allison Li
3 May 2018

The report on the findings from the latest Massey University Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) is available to download here. For more information see the article on the Massey University news page and interview with Associate Professor Chris Wilkins on Breakfast (TVNZ). Details of other research by Chris Wilkins are available here on his profile page.

Lisa Morice
24 April 2018

Nicola is of Samoan, Tongan and Niuean heritage and during her PhD journey, she moved to Australia, married Andrew and had three children.

Her PhD thesis, Samoan Kids in the City is about the impact of Samoan parenting practices on Samoan children’s independent mobility and physical activity.  Children’s independent mobility – unsupervised play and travel - is an essential component of physical activity for children. Her research concluded that independent mobility was not an effective tool for measuring Samoan children’s physical activity levels because children were encouraged and motivated by their parents and ‘aiga (extended family) to participate in collective activities.

See more detail here.

Allison Li
20 April 2018

A report is available about new research led by Dr. Taisia Huckle from SHORE & Whariki showing social supply of alcohol to friends under 18 has reduced following a law change (Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012), but the quantities of alcohol supplied are still alarmingly high.

The report can be found here.

Allison Li
18 April 2018

Marta Rychert was awarded her Ph.D. at the Massey University graduation ceremony at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, Auckland. Marta studied issues with the implementation of the Psychoactive Substances Act (PSA) 2013.

See more detail about her doctoral research here.


Allison Li
27 March 2018

Check out our second research bulletin from the New Zealand Drug Trends survey on drug dependency and need for help for your region here.

Caroline Lowe
26 February 2018

New research led by Dr Taisia Huckle from SHORE & Whariki  shows social supply of alcohol to friends under 18 has reduced following a law change (Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012), but the quantities of alcohol supplied are still alarmingly high. Two national general population surveys of drinkers were analysed before and after the law change, which came into effect on December 1 2013. Dr Huckle was interviewed for a New Zealand Herald article about the study’s findings.

Caroline Lowe
2 November 2017

Belinda Borell is the recipient of the Hohua Tutengaehe Fellowship funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Belinda has a particular interest in rangatahi and identity and how this relates to wellbeing, and has developed expertise in the role societal structures and institutions play in producing and maintaining health inequities, particularly for the privileged members of our society. Her previous research and PhD examined these issues using qualitative methods and she will be looking to explore this further using a kaupapa Māori-based Q-sort approach developed in Whariki. This will provide her with an opportunity to extend knowledge and upskill in this methodology, which includes quantitative analyses.

Allison Li
30 October 2017

Online alcohol and drug survey now live

The SHORE & Whāriki drug research team, led by Associate Professor Chris Wilkins, has launched a new study on alcohol and drug use throughout the country, which includes  a national online survey. Levels of alcohol and drugs in wastewater will also be measured.

The online alcohol and drug survey is now live and can be self-completed from a smart phone, tablet or computer via this website: https://drugs.shore.ac.nz; over the phone on 0800 554 101; or face-to-face with an interviewer on request, by texting the word “research” to 0800 554 101.

Caroline Lowe
16 October 2017

The International Alcohol Control (IAC) study celebrated the launch of the Book of Abstracts of the forthcoming Special Issue of Drug and Alcohol Review at the recent Global Alcohol Policy Conference in Melbourne. The launch was funded by the International Development Research Centre, Canada, which has also funded open access to the Special Issue of the journal .

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Allison Li
12 October 2017

Professor Sally Casswell, as Chair of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance, was co-host and member of the organizing committee for the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC17) held in Melbourne 5-7 October. Dr Taisia Huckle, Mr Steve Randerson, Marta Rychert and Thomas Graydon Guy, SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health attended the conference.

Professor Casswell organized a pre-conference symposium on 3 October – on alcohol and development where participants from low and middle income countries shared experience in research and advocacy with a focus on the alcohol development issues.

A working meeting of the International Alcohol Control (IAC) study meeting was convened by Dr Taisia Huckle prior to the GAPC17 conference in Melbourne and Professor Charles Parry, Director: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit South African Medical Research Council is visiting for a week to discuss cross country IAC publications.

Ellen Kelsey
26 September 2017

Associate Professor Chris Wilkins and Marta Rychert are the lead authors of a chapter on ‘Exploring innovative policy responses to NPS and ‘legal highs’ in New Zealand, Poland, Republic of Ireland and the UK’ in Novel Psychoactive Substances: Policy, Economics and Drug Regulation, published recently by Springer. Click here for more information.

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Caroline Lowe
22 September 2017

Associate Professor Chris Wilkins will be a presenter in Part 2 of the webinar series Monitoring Drug Trends in Australasia hosted by the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) at the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR), University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). The webinar titled Examining Global Drug Early Warning Systems will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10.00am – 11.30am (NZ time). The webinars are designed to explore current practices utilized by existing international drug early warning systems (DEWS) with the aim of developing guidance to support countries interested in establishing new DEWS or enhancing existing programs.

The webinar will last approximately 90 minutes. 

In order to participate, you must have an internet connection, a web browser, and speakers (to listen).

To ensure your space, please register at: 


Caroline Lowe
6 September 2017

Emerald McPhee presented a seminar titled Q-Methodology and Kaupapa Maori Research at the University of Auckland on the 4 September 2017.

Q methodology is a sensible fit for Kaupapa Māori research as it centres on the perspectives and subjectivities of participants through a bottom-up approach. Combined together the methodology opens up the possibility for an exploratory approach to research which seeks to understand complexities rather than being hypothesis driven. A Kaupapa Māori approach and Q methodology share the similarity of working across a variety of disciplines and being adaptable to and interested in different epistemologies. Baring its roots in psychological assessment of the individual, Q-methodology in health research brings forth the potential to disrupt the traditional power differentials between researcher and participant while allowing space for clusters of viewpoints to be explored and contextualised. We draw on our study Maori Health Identities funded by the Health Research Council to explore Q-methodology and its potential within Kaupapa Māori research. 

Emerald Muriwai McPhee is a researcher at Te Rōpū Whāriki in the College of Health at Massey University. Emerald has a Masters in Psychology and a background in indigenous and social psychologies focusing on Māori identity, psychological distress, resilience, smoking behaviour, alcohol consumption and exercise prescription.

Caroline Lowe