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Kava Tonga: are there long lasting negative effects?

Is drinking Kava Tonga affecting the life of middle aged men in the Tonga Community in Auckland? Senior school students investigate and evaluate the current literature on kava, learning about the research process and environment along the way.

Project details

Project duration

October 2015 - February 2016

Organised by

Pupunga Taiamoni Tongan Community Trust

Funding awarded

$15,400.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform

Students in Mangere are researching the available information on Kava and sharing these findings with their local community for awareness hoping to further research into this matter.

Background from the research team:

Is drinking Kava Tonga affecting the life of middle aged men in the Tonga Community in Auckland? We want to carry out a scoping study where several of our senior school students investigate and evaluate the current literature on kava, learning about the research process and environment along the way.

Further, why do medical experts associated with immigration recommend applicants avoid kava for a month before x-rays and to drink lots of water when wanting to move to New Zealand? What is the medical reasoning behind this? It would be great to hear about their scientific reasoning and the knowledge held within that community already.

We want to host ~3 workshops during October-November where research experts can share their knowledge with the senior school students from our Tongan Homework Centre aiming to go on to tertiary science study in 2016/17.

We want the workshops to cover things essential to community/human studies, like obtaining ethical approval, scientific process, grant funding and publication.  

After the NCEA exam, we want 2-3 of these students to work with researchers to compile a literature review of kava research in a part time capacity over the summer period.

It is hoped that during this scoping study our young people will both start forming relationships with mentors at the tertiary level, and gain a better understanding of the realities of scientific research.

Further, we hope that this scoping study will open doors for: research into Kava Tonga within the South Auckland communities where our people are drinking Kava without awareness of any possible negative side-effects; further studies that might involve our young people as researchers in the future; and involving increasing community awareness of side-effects and volume-related negative effects of Kava Tonga.

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Mangere College teachers and students

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Project details

Project duration

October 2015 - February 2016

Organised by

Pupunga Taiamoni Tongan Community Trust

Funding awarded

$15,400.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform