Upcoming Tōmaiora Seminar

Older Māori alcohol use: Implications for policy and practice in Aotearoa


  • Date/Time: Tuesday 16th April, 2019, 12.30 – 1.30 pm
  • Venue: Function Room 730-220, Level 2, School of Population Health, Tāmaki Campus, 261 Morrin Road, The University of Auckland.


Dr Sarah Herbert (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa)

Dr. Sarah Herbert is a lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori. She gained a PhD (Critical health Psychology) in 2017 from Massey University which focused on the social contexts of [older] Māori alcohol use. More broadly, Sarah is interested in hauora Māori development and achieving health equity among Māori. Her research interests include critical health policy analysis including responsiveness to Māori and in line with Crown obligations made explicit in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  


Alcohol use has undeniable negative effects on health and wellbeing among Māori. Despite attempts to minimize such effects, national data in Aotearoa show harmful alcohol use among Māori has not reduced in the last two decades and that Māori consistently suffer more alcohol related harm in comparison to non-Māori. Together these factors highlight unacceptable and ongoing health inequities among Māori.

This presentation is based on my doctoral research which explored the social context of alcohol use from the perspectives of older Māori to develop an indigenous and nuanced understanding of Māori alcohol use. The three central features of whānau, whanaungatanga and diversity are understood to underpin Māori alcohol use and have important implications for alcohol policy and health promotion. In this seminar I will highlight how these findings may inform alcohol policy and health promotion initiatives to better serve Māori communities and thus improve Māori health and wellbeing in the context of alcohol use.

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