New Zealand Tobacco Control research
The New Zealand government committed to a goal of reducing tobacco smoking to less than 5 percent by 2025. Research is vital to ensure that policies and programmes to achieve the goal are evidence-based.
New Zealand’s successful comprehensive tobacco control programme has seen smoking reduce from 27 percent in 1997 to 15 percent in 2014. If New Zealand is to become Smokefree by 2025 the rate of decline in smoking needs to be increased. Innovative interventions are needed.
Tobacco control agencies in New Zealand
The National Institute for Health Innovation
The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) is a leading New Zealand research institute with a focus on prevention and management of common serious diseases and effective healthcare.
NIHI is part of The University of Auckland and provides independent scientific evidence that supports individuals, communities, clinicians, and policy makers to 'get it right'.
SHORE is a multi-disciplinary group, at Massey University, undertaking policy and community research and evaluation on a variety of health and social topics, including tobacco. SHORE works in a Treaty of Waitangi partnership model with the Māori research group The Rōpū Whāriki.
Tobacco Control research Tūranga
In 2010, the Ministry of Health and Health Research Council of New Zealand formed the Reducing Tobacco-related Harm Research Partnership. Then in 2011 they awarded $5 million to the University of Auckland to establish the New Zealand Tobacco Control Research Tūranga.
The Tūranga is a multi-disciplinary network of researchers from across New Zealand led by Professor Chris Bullen (National Institute of Health Innovation) and Dr Marewa Glover (Centre for Tobacco Control Research) of the University of Auckland.