Te Rōpū Whāriki

Ko tōu hīkoi i runga i ōku Whāriki
Ko tōu noho i tōku whare
E huakina ai tōku tatau tōku matapihi

Your steps on my Whariki
Your respect for my home
Open my windows and doors

Te Rōpū Whāriki is a multi-disciplinary Māori research group undertaking policy and community research and evaluation on a variety of health and social topics. Whāriki works in a Treaty of Waitangi partnership model with the Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE).


  • To provide high quality research and to tautoko Maori communities
  • To contribute to uplifting the health of our people and to work towards Maori development aspirations
  • To further the development of a Maori research workforce
  • To recognise multiple accountabilities, negotiated both within the centre and with communities and other parties with whom we work

Te Pūtake:

We recognise the responsibility to work on a range of levels and to disseminate information widely. We provide research which can be fed into policy decisions -- from government to local marae and whānau.

We are active in community action programmes implemented by Maori providers and work alongside Maori communities developing their own solutions. We offer formative process and impact evaluation, use qualitative and quantitative methodologies and share evaluation knowledge by training Maori community and health workers.


Shore and Whāriki news

27 June 2017

Emerald Muriwai McPhee presents at the KBS alcohol symposium at Sheffield University, June 2017. Dr Taisia Huckle and Dr Martin Wall also presented.

23 June 2017

Sally Casswell attended the World Health Assembly in Geneva May 2017, seen here being interviewed at the launch of the Bloomberg Partnership for Healthy Cities about the need for alcohol control to provide safe and inclusive cities.

21 June 2017

How legalising cannabis can help society

SHORE and Whāriki's Associate Professor Chris Wilkins is calling for the adoption of a not-for-profit public health model for recreational cannabis, which would allow regulated cannabis products to be sold by philanthropic societies, in an approach similar to the Class 4 gambling regime which was introduced in 2003 to regulate“pokie” trusts in New Zealand. See the media release on the Massey University News page - or download the information bulletin here:   

31 May 2017

Dr Chris Wilkins spoke with Radio NZ this morning about setting up a regulated Cannabis Industry. You can listen to the interview here.

20 April 2017

Dr Chris Wilkins featured on The AM Show this morning discussing synthetic cannabinoids. Check out the tweets from The AM Show and Massey University.

15 March 2017

SHORE & Whāriki staff had their annual picnic in the Auckland Domain on the 24th February. Despite a little bit of rain, a lot of fun was had including some giant jenga! 

17 January 2017

Professor Jane Mills, our new Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Health, Massey University visited SHORE & Whariki offices yesterday morning and was informally introduced to staff. Today, some SHORE & Whariki staff attended a formal powhiri welcome at the Albany campus to welcome Professor Jane Mills to Massey University, and Dr Charlotte Severne, our new Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Maori and Pasifika to the Albany Campus. 

13 January 2017

Professor Sally Casswell was interviewed by Newstalk ZB, Radio Live and Radio New Zealand this morning, backing calls for a ban on alcohol sponsorship of sport. You can listen to the Radio Live interview here and the Radio New Zealand interview with Jesse Mulligan here

22 November 2016

Release of NZ-ADUM 2015

The New Zealand Police have  released the latest New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring Programme Report (NZ-ADUM) which is produced by SHORE staff members.

The NZ-ADUM 2015 final report is now available for download

21 November 2016

Nui Te Kōrero: Rewriting National Narratives 2016

Recently researchers from Te Rōpū Whāriki went down to Wellington to present at the Māori Association of Social Science (MASS) conference (9th-11th November, 2016). The theme of the conference was Nui Te Kōrero: Rewriting National Narratives and the team presented analyses from the Wairua, Affect and National Days project. Whāriki ran a workshop on A wairua approach to research lead by Helen Moewaka Barnes alongside Angela Moewaka Barnes, Emerald Muriwai, Te Raina Gunn and Jade Le Grice. As well as this, Emerald presented on Privilege and denial of the nation’s foundation and discussed privilege and complexities associated with Waitangi Day for Māori and non-Māori.  The conference informs some of the upcoming outputs which will be updated on Whāriki’s project website over the next few months: http://www.wairuaaffectnationaldays.info/

Emerald from Te Rōpū Whāriki presenting Privilege and denial of the nation’s foundation 

17 November 2016

Another Doctoral Scholarship opportunity is available at SHORE & Whariki Research Centre linking to the Health Research Council funded project:Enabling participation for disabled children and young people. Click the link for further information  PhD Scholarship 2016.pdf (99 KB)

15 November 2016

A Doctoral Scholarship opportunity is available at SHORE & Whariki Research Centre with the drug research team. Click the link for more information  PhD Scholarship Wilkins 2016 (260 KB)  . 

31 October 2016

Professor Sally Casswell was quoted in a recently published article on Stuff following the publication of an article from the International Alcohol Control study. Professor Casswell and her co-authors found that heavier drinking sessions contribute to up to two-thirds of alcohol sales in middle-income countries and approximately half of sales in higher-income countries. The article can be found here.

19 October 2016

Launch of Wairua, Affect and National Days Website

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Te Rōpū Whāriki would like to announce the launch of a website for the Wairua, Affect and National Days research.  The project is supported by the Marsden Fund Council from Government funding managed by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

The project began in 2013 exploring wairua, emotions, feelings and identity around national days particularly focusing on  Waitangi Day and Anzac Day. These days can build and divide, acknowledge and deny, include and exclude. Our research focuses on the affective politics evoked as people relate, engage and grapple with cultural observances and often-charged acts of remembrance in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  Methods include: haerenga kitea (a form of go along interviewing) where we filmed participants as they engaged in an event; media analysis; and individual and focus group interviews.

 The website includes visual images, evolving aspects of the project, links to research outputs and to sites about nationhood in Aotearoa. The website can be found at: http://www.wairuaaffectnationaldays.info

18 October 2016

Dr Chris Wilkins was interviewed by Paul Henry about the government's 15-million dollar anti-drug initiative. Click here to watch the interview.

21 September 2016

Dr Chris Wilkins featured in a TV One news item about policing of cannabis offences. Police are now targeting dealers rather then users -  there has been a major drop in the number of people being charged with the use and possession of cannabis in the past 20 years.

5 September 2016

Whāriki  recently hosted student Jackie Johnson, who is a member of the Makah Nation. She recently finished her Master’s degree in Communication at the University of Washington and  was part of the Māhina International Indigenous Health Research Training Program through the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington, University of Auckland, and University of Hawai’i’. It is funded through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. At Whāriki, under the supervision of Belinda Borell and Auckland Art Gallery’s Nigel Borell, Jackie looked at Māori epistemologies and methodologies, white privilege, indigenous art, and indigenous identity. Ms. Johnson’s project here was to observe indigenous art with a Kaupapa Māori research framework to identify Indigenous Authority while incorporating her people’s art practices. Ms. Johnson hopes to return back to Aotearoa and Te Rōpū Whāriki to research Māori whaling.

Jackie Johnson with recent Whāriki visiting students Cameri Taylor and Shalene Yazzie.

26 August 2016

Professor Sally Casswell recently attended the WHO‐Thai Health Promotion Foundation Collaborative Project on Health Promotion: Technical Support for Alcohol Policy Development in Selected Low and Middle Income Countries in Bangkok, Thailand, as an expert advisor. The workshop ran from the 21st -23rd August 2016 and aimed to provide the technical support in strengthening the implementation of the global and regional strategies and plans for alcohol policy development in selected countries, including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka. 

21 August 2016

Dr Chris Wilkins featured in an extended radio interview on cannabis clubs with Wallace Chapman on National Radio on Sunday Morning.

1 August 2016

Te Rōpū Whāriki recently hosted Northern Arizona University students Cameri Taylor and Shalene Yazzie as a part of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program. During their time here the students collaborated with Whāriki on the Māori Health Identities project and shared insights drawn from their Navajo culture. Cameri returns to Northern Arizona University to complete her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Nursing and Shalene returns to start her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

15 June 2016

Watch drug expert Dr Chris Wilkins interviewed on Paul Henry about New Zealand's biggest seizure of methamphetamine.

9 April 2016

Professor Jeff Collin, Professor of Global Health, Edinburgh University spent three weeks based at SHORE & Whariki  from 9-29 April.  Professor Collin has research expertise in the tobacco control area with a particular focus on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and in other commercial determinants of health. While in New Zealand he gave seminars at Massey University’s Albany and Wellington campuses, as well at SHORE & Whariki Research Centre in Symonds Street, Central Auckland. He also made a presentation to key staff at the Cancer Society in Auckland and met with colleagues from the University of Auckland and University of Otago.

More information about Professor Collin’s research and his Wellington seminar on One Unhealthy Commodities Industry? Analysing Strategic and Structural Links Across Alcohol, Food and Tobacco Companies can be seen here.

9 April 2016

Professor Sally Casswell participated recently as an advisor at a forum on alcohol and young people organised by the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific and held in Hong Kong, 28-30 May. A press release about the meeting can be downloaded here.

5 April 2016

An interview with Dr Chris Wilkins about the not-for-profit club model for cannabis regulation is available to view here. The New Zealand Medical Journal published a recent Viewpoint piece by Dr Wilkins on Cannabis Incorporated Societies. The issue will be among others discussed at the satellite meeting of the 10th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) being held next week in Devonport, Auckland, 11-12 May .

27 April 2016

In an editorial in this week's New Zealand Medical Journal, Dr Chris Wilkins proposes a non-for-profit regulated regime for recreational cannabis as an alternative to a commercial profit driven legal market like we have for alcohol and tobacco. 

22 April 2016

The programme for the upcoming International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) satellite conference in Auckland (11-12 May) is now available in two formats:

20 April 2016

IDMS 2014 report released

The Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) is conducted annually to provide a 'snapshot' of illegal drug use and drug related harm in New Zealand.

The IDMS 2014 final report is now available for download IDMS 2014 Final Report.pdf IDMS 2014 Final Report.pdf .

Dr Chris Wilkins was interviewed by Paul Henry about the findings.

31 March 2016

Dr Chris Wilkins was interviewed by Paul Henry on Radio Live this morning about taking a stronger public health perspective New Zealand drug policy in relation to more minor offending. Click here to watch the interview.

11-12 May 2016

Forthcoming: Auckland Satellite conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), Devonport,  Auckland

The SHORE & Whariki Research Centre at Massey University is organising an Auckland Satellite conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) in Auckland, Devonport 11-12 May. The theme is Regulating drug use: beyond prohibition and legalisation (registration link). The conference will examine regulatory options for recreational cannabis and low risk psychoactive substances which are between prohibition and commercial legal markets, such as depenalisation, decriminalisation, clubs, pharmacy provision and non-for profit suppliers. The conference will feature five international keynote speakers on drug policy reform: Professor Beau Kilmer (RAND California), Professor Peter Reuter (University of Maryland), Professor Tom Decorte (Ghent University), Professor Alex Stevens (Kent University), and Professor Simon Lenton (Curtin University). It also features our own Professor Sally Casswell, Dr. Chris Wilkins and Marta Rychert. The conference will be opened by Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne. See flyer  for more detail.

16 March 2016

SHORE & Whāriki staff gathered in the Auckland Domain for their annual picnic - and the forecast rain stayed away!

March 2016

Forthcoming Hui: Our Own Image: The Legacies of Maori Filmmaking in Aotearoa

Our Own Image poster (small)

Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai

A two day hui (Thursday 31 March and Friday 1 April 2016) will be held at Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland to explore and celebrate the legacy of our early Maori filmmakers, specifically three major figures: Barry Barclay, Merata Mita and Don Selwyn.

The hui is free and is open to whanau, filmmakers, academics, students and anyone interested in Maori media. Registrations close on the 20th of March.

February 2016

Professor Casswell was a keynote speaker at the first International Conference on Effective Strategies for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse held in Kerala, India. The conference was organised by Subodham, a new body funded by a levy on alcohol sales. The State Government of Kerala has prohibited sale of spirits in bars, while allowing wine and beer, and is also reducing the numbers of State owned premises from which alcohol can be purchased for takeaway.

The article pictured was published in the Thiruvananthapuram city edition of The New Indian Express newspaper.

 24 January 2016

Professor Sally Casswell was interviewed for a Sunday Star Times' feature Booze barons drive profit off alcoholics and binge drinkers on the alcohol industry and their reliance on sales to problem and binge drinkers.

12 December 2015

Professor Sally Casswell contributed advice on alcohol consumption as one of the Massey University experts quoted in a New Zealand Herald feature, 12 Days of Christmas Survival Tips.

December 2015

NZ-ADUM Report 2014

The New Zealand Police have  released the latest New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring Programme Report (NZ-ADUM) which is produced by SHORE staff members. The 2014 Report  was authored by project leader Chris Wilkins along with Jitesh Prasad, Karl Parker, Helen Moewaka Barnes, Lanuola Asiasiga and Marta Rychert. A more detailed description of the NZ-ADUM study can be found on the project page.

11 November 2015

Diwali 2015

The SHORE & Whāriki Research Centre celebrated Diwali this year, with a joyful dance performance and shared vegetarian lunch.

29 October 2015


SHORE & Whariki Co-Director Sally Casswell recently featured on the Paul Henry morning show where she discussed her attendance at the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) in Edinburgh, Scotland. She discussed the effect which government policy can make regarding alcohol related harm. The interview can be viewed here.      

SEMINAR: Transport and Health - current research

Dr Jennifer Mindell, University College London

This seminar will briefly summarise the range of transport-related effects on health and inequalities; introduce the Elsevier journal Transport and Health; and discuss a current project seeking to develop a suite of tools to measure community severance (www.ucl.ac.uk/street-mobility).

Jennifer Mindell is Reader in Public Health at UCL where she leads the Health Survey for England team. A public health doctor, she is based in the Health and Social Surveys Research Group in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health and is also Health lead for UCL’s Transport Institute. Previously, she was Deputy Director of the London Health Observatory and led health impact assessments of the London Mayor’s Transport and other strategies.  She also has experience in epidemiology, general practice, and health promotion. She was lead editor of the 2011 report Health on the Move2 and is Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Transport and Health.

DATE: November 10th, 2015

TIME: 10.30am - 12.00pm

LOCATION: SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Massey University, 90 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland CBD

RSVP: Required for catering, to Steph McKenzie: s.mckenzie@massey.ac.nz

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