Past Webinar

E na batini tanoa (Around the kava bowl)

Talanoa about all things kava

Dr S. ‘Apo’ Aporosa,

Kava has played a dominant role in the cultural practices of many Pacific peoples for over 2000 years. These practices continue today, however myths and misinformation about this plant and drink abound.

In this free Community Research Pacific Webinar, Dr Apo Aporosa and Dr Edmond Fehoko will seek to untangle some of these misunderstandings e na batini tanoa – around the kava bowl. Themes will include: ideas that kava is an illicit alcohol with alcohol-type effects; beliefs that kava is addictive, causes physical harm and brings disharmony to the family; reports that kava use is a male-only activity; and kava’s link to the ancestral gods and narratives that question whether contemporary kava use is anti-Christian.


De-mythologizing and re-branding the traditional drink kava – Summary in Research Outreach – Dr Apo Aporosa

De-mythologizing and re-branding of kava as the new ‘world drug’ of choice – Article in Drug Science, Policy and Law
Volume 5 – Dr Apo Aporosa

Improving road safety and health: Understanding kava’s impact on driver fitness – Dr Apo Aporosa

Pukepuke Fonua: An exploratory study on the faikava as an identity marker for New Zealand-born Tongan males in Auckland, New Zealand – Dr Edmond Fehoko

Fono at the Fale Facebook group – University of Waikato Kava Club

Silent Whistle Kava Club – Kava club for women in Auckland

WHO report on the effect of Kava on the liver

Rootz Vaka Transits – Traversing Seas of Urban Diasporic Indigeneity by Collapsing Time and Space with the Songs and Stories of the Kava Canoe – Daniel Hernandez

About the Presenter

Dr S. ‘Apo’ Aporosa

Dr S. ‘Apo’ Aporosa is maternally related to the village of Naduri in Macuata, Fiji. He is the 2019 New Zealand Health Research Council Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki Fellow. Based at the University of Waikato's Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, and also working with the School of Psychology's Traffic and Road Safety Research Group, Apo is investigating cognitive impacts resulting from traditionally influenced kava use. He is also assisting with the development of the (proposed) University of Waikato Medical School, teaching, and supporting Pacific student achievement.

This Webinar was held

11am NZ Time
29 Mar
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