What do you call journalism, or more importantly research, that is supported by repetitive misinformation, resulting in an accepted but incorrect, narrative? This is the case with the kava plant, named Piper methysticum or ‘intoxicating pepper’ by a naturalist who accompanied Captain James Cook on his voyage to the Pacific some 250 years ago. That name, which inferred that kava causes intoxication when consumed, is one of several “myths” that have developed around kava over the years, and Dr ‘Apo’ Aporosa from New Zealand’s University of Waikato believes it’s time to re-evaluate this icon of Pacific identity and correct these misunderstandings.


Creator | Kaihanga
Dr Apo Aporosa
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
Research Outreach publication
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I represent the publisher or owner organisation of this resource
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

Aporosa, A. S., & Foley, E. (2020). De-mythologizing and re-branding the traditional drink kava. Research Outreach(113), 106-109. Retrieved from http://cdn.researchoutreach.org/Flipbooks/RO113/index.html

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