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Post-doctoral research fellow, University of Waikato

Apo was awarded a 2016 and 2019 post-doctoral research fellowship from the New Zealand Health Research Council (Pasifika). Based at Te Huataki Waiora (School of Health, Sport and Human Performance) at The University of Waikato, he also works with the School of Psychology's Traffic and Road Safety Research Group where he is investigating driver safety following kava use at traditional consumption volumes. Apo supervises several post-graduate students and lectures (occasionally) on Pasifika culture and identity.


  • –present
    Post-doctoral research fellow, Waikato University


  • 2013 
    Massey University New Zealand, PhD Development Studies


  • 2019
    Kava and ethno-cultural identity in Oceania, In S. Ratuva (Ed.), The Palgrave handbook of ethnicity. New York: Springer
  • 2017
    Understanding cognitive functions related to driving following kava (Piper methysticum) use at traditional consumption volumes, Journal of Psychopharmacology, 31 (8)
  • 2016
    Māori academic success: Why the deficit perspectives? , Micronesian Educator: A Journal of Research and Practice on Education, 23
  • 2015
    The new kava user: Diasporic identity formation in reverse, New Zealand Sociology (The Journal of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand), 30(4)
  • 2014
    Yaqona (kava) and education in Fiji: Investigating ‘cultural complexities’ from a post-development perspective, Massey University: Directorate Pasifika@Massey
  • 2014
    Kava hangover and gold-standard science, Anthropologica: The Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society, 56
  • 2011
    Is kava alcohol?: The myths and the facts, Journal of Community Health and Clinical Medicine for the Pacific, 17(1)
  • 2010
    Na yaqona kei na vuli: E rau veicoqacoqa li? Yaqona and education in Fiji: A clash of cultures?, Domodomo: A Scholarly Journal of the Fijian Museum, 23(1&2)
  • 2008
    Yaqona (kava) and education in Fiji: A clash of cultures?, Germany: VDM Verlag

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Pasifika Post-doctoral Fellowship
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Health Research Council of New Zealand

Professional Memberships

  • 2019 - New Zealand Health Research Council Assessment Committee
  • 2017 - The British Association for Psychopharmacology
  • 2013 - Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • 2008 - Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania