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.
Monday 1st March 2021, 11:00 AM NZ Time.
About the presenter
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.