MWC Research Symposium and Future Science Day Programme

Thursday 11th February- Friday 12th February 2021
Venue: Engineering 405-460, Level 4, 20 Symonds Street, University of Auckland
Zoom link: 
Meeting ID: 986 7137 4858 Passcode: 972896

The annual MWC Symposium will incorporate research theme planning meetings for MWC4 as well as presentations covering research highlights from the past year and exciting future research from both established and early career investigators;

  • 11th February (all day) – The programme will begin with presentations of research highlights and future research (all themes) and end with the first session of the Future Science Day programme featuring research presentations from MWC early career investigators and a poster session in the evening.
  • 12th February (to 1pm) – Future Science Day, continued focus on early career investigators.

The programme for the 11th and 12th can be downloaded here and includes Zoom links for those who wish to join remotely.


 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 27th and 28th August


Tātou tātou e! will focus on how we can build strong relationships. We’ll look at the interdependence of all of us to support wellbeing at all levels: individual, family, whanau, community and society.

Some highlights of the Tatou, tatou e! The value of relationships in building wellbeing conference include:

  • “Whakamana Tāngata: Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand, learning from the past and present for the future” Implementing the Social Welfare Report – Professor Cindy Kiro,
  • “Where’s the resources for community wellbeing? Supporting communities to support wellbeing” Political Panel featuring Minister Carmel Sepuloni, Minister Tracey Martin, Jan Logie and Hon Alfred Ngaro chaired by DrBryce Edwards. 
  • “Business as Unusual: The Hikurangi Cannabis Company” Considering the business of medical marijuana and its role in building community in Te Tai Rawhiti as we lead-up to next year’s cannabis referendum – Panapa Ehau
  • “Changing social change -Maintaining the Why but changing the How we do what we do” exploring the relationship between entrepreneurship, positive social change and building community capability to be self-determining – Sacha McKeeking ,
  • “Wellbeing. spirituality and ageing” – for many people as they age interest in spirituality in all its forms becomes more important a Panel discussion with Dr Richard Egan Otago University, Dr Ofa Dewes Auckland University, Danny Karatea-Goodard – Te Huinga o ngā Pīhopa Katorika o Aotearoa
  • “The impacts of colonialism, empire, government and race in NZ today”, how is colonisation and racism experienced in modern day Aotearoa Associate Professor Damon Salesa,
  • “As community-based organisations how are we going to contribute to a sustained response to exclusion and discrimination following events in Christchurch?” The aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks showed a loving and inclusive side of New Zealand, how can we ensure this is maintained. – Anjum RahmanLiz Hawes and Jayden Cromb, a Panel discussion facilitated by Mike Reid.

Nau mai! Haere mai!

For more information see the conference site here.

An Urgent Call to Action

Register now  for this unmissable event for those working in diabetes and primary care. If you are keen to participate in addressing this fast-growing public health crisis disproportionately impacting those most at risk, this is the event for you. 

You will be presented with a sample of the 24 years' of collected data from the DCSS Quality Improvement Audit in Primary Care in Auckland, analysed and presented by the distinguished Professor David Simmons.

 Hosted by Dr Bruce Arroll and including special guest speakers:

Fepulae'i Margie Apa
CEO, Counties Manukau Health

Hon Peeni Henare
Associate Minister of Health 

With a panel discussion facilitated by RNZ's Kim Hill with contributions from: 

Dr Richard Cooper 
Dr Matire Harwood 
Dr Tim Hou 
Dr Gary Jackson
Dr Brandon Orr-Walker


Event Details:
6pm - 9.30PM

Who should attend?

  • General Practitioners (CME credits apply)
  • Primary care staff
  • Representatives from District Health Boards
  • Academics and health professionals with an interest in diabetes
  • Anyone with a general interest in the care provided to people with diabetes

 The South Auckland Diabetes Summit: An Urgent Call to Action is endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and approved for up to 2.25 CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. 

Aniva Master Class- Monday 27 May 2019, 4-6pm, Jet Park Hotel (63 Westney Road, Mangere)

You are invited to attend our first Aniva Master Class for this year which will be held on Monday 27 May 2019 in the Tui Room of the Jet Park Hotel & Conference Centre (63 Westney Road, Mangere).  The workshop will run from 4-6pm and  light refreshments will be available before and after the workshop.

 Please note that there are limited spaces available for this Master Class so please RSVP to myself ( before 23 May 2019 to secure a seat for this workshop.

See flyer below for more details.

Registration for Queenstown Research Week are now open! 

Details on the various meetings can be found at  

Follow us on Twitter @qtresearchweek or on Facebook for updates


Meetings to discuss issues of broad interest and importance to researchers across the country. These will run on Saturday 31st August just before the main meetings start. We encourage scientists from all levels to attend. The two meetings this year will be;

This one-day workshop highlights the increasing presence of Māori in contemporary rangahau pūtaiao (scientific research) and provides examples of the scope of activities and associated Te Ao-Māori centred issues. Presenters will include iwi representatives, kairangahau (researchers), and Māori bioethicists, with a particular focus on genomics-informed health research and use of genomic data. Organisers Phil Wilcox and Katrina Bevan

Across the country researchers comment on the difficulties in getting access to cutting edge equipment to allow them to stay globally competitive. Institutions say the funding rules and mechanisms make it hard for them but what is the real answer and how can we solve this problem. Lets get together to plan possible solutions. Let the organiser know if you have ideas and want to speak at the meeting. Organisers Jacqui Ross, Gus Grey and David Crossman (but its not just about imaging and mass spec - its about all big equipment).

Pacific Health Governance Network ‘single most important development for public health related research in decades’

The Pacific Health Governance Network has published its Workshop Two Summary Report, providing insights on the future of the network and the Pacific health challenges it needs to tackle.

(Originally posted on the SPC site here)

 The newly released summary report from the second workshop of the Pacific Health Governance Network (PHGRN), calls for the creation of a web based data hub, greater access to training and knowledge exchange opportunities, and stronger ties between health professionals from academia, government, and multilateral organizations in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Countries.

The workshop, which was hosted by Fiji National University (FNU), the Pacific Community (SPC) and the University of Queensland (UQ) was held in Nadi, Fiji from 20-22 February. Sessions were focused on priority areas for Pacific health research including; Climate Change and Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Health Systems and Universal Coverage, Non-Communicable Diseases and Food Systems and Health Security.

More than 100 participants from across the pacific took part in in panel and break-out sessions which explored ongoing health challenges, mitigation strategies and stories of success from across the region. The workshop summary report identifies three key areas of agreement that came out of the meeting, which will be priorities for the network in the coming year.

First, the benefit of PHGRN as a platform to develop and advance public health experiences was acknowledged. The Pacific Community and the University of Queensland have invested more than 200,000 AUD over the past 2 years to support and host workshops and meetings and the success of these activities has led to a strong demand to expand the scope of the annual meetings and invest in supporting more specialized sessions. 

The Chair of the Heads of Health and Secretary for Health of the Cook Islands, Dr Josephine Herman, was unequivocal in stressing the need to make further investments in the PHGRN platform stating that, ‘the network constitutes the single most important development in Pacific health related research and partnership in decades.’

The second area of priority identified by PHGRN was an expansion of capacity building and training opportunities. There is a strong and growing demand from across the PHGRN membership to engage in training, mentorship and other professional knowledge exchange opportunities. The summary report recommends the development of short accredited development courses and funded PHD placements in Australian and New Zealand Universities for Pacific scholars.

The University of Queensland’s Dr Owain Williams, highlighted the significance the training and education support recommendations of the workshops saying, ‘with funding there is an opportunity to develop research capacity in the Pacific, and start making a genuine platform for training and knowledge generation by those who will carry the region forward under the SDGs’.

Fiji National University’s (FNU), Dr. Donald Wilson emphasised the value of PHGRN to academic institutions and to students. “It is pertinent that what we teach our students is based on up to date, local evidence and is generated through scientifically-sound research methods. The PHGRN meeting in Nadi was an opportunity to again understand the local health challenges of our region, and re-prioritize our research investments.”

The workshop summary report suggests the creation of a web based knowledge repository for health and SDGs. The lack of access to centralized Pacific database was highlighted as one of the most significant challenges to the research required to support the regions health related SDG objectives. The report calls for an investment into a practical information hub of SDG related studies and reports, and the development of digest publication which would highlight new additions to the hub, and encourage continuous knowledge exchange.

SPC Director-General, Dr. Colin Tukuitonga noted the importance of providing better access to information, “The exchange of knowledge and experience is fundamental for us to gain the understanding we need to tackle the serious health challenges we face in the Pacific. SPC believes that an investment in strengthening PHGRN gives the entire region a clear path towards better health outcomes.”

The full text of the summary report, including all session summary can be downloaded through the following link:

Save The Date - Pasifika Medical Association Conference 2019! More information coming soon!

21st Annual Cook Islands Health Conference 2019: Te Manawa Māori

Theme: Smokefree Cook Islands 2025


- Community Health and Well Being (Prevention, Promotion, Public Health Primary Care)

- Traditional Medicine

- Combatting Non-Communicable Diseases and Risk Factors

- Mental Health and Well Being

- Health Security and Protection

- Vulnerable populations (Child, Youth, Elderly, Injuries & Disabilities)

- Workforce (Lead and Succeed)

- Research

Call For Abstracts

All abstracts for presentation should be sent by post or email to be received
no later than Friday 7th June 2019.

Please forward your abstract to:

Helen Sinclair
Conference Coordinator Ministry of Health                                                                                                                            PO Box 109, Rarotonga, Cook Islands                                                                                                                                        Fax: (682) 23109, Email:

RAROTONGA                                    AITUTAKI                                                          ATIU
10 - 12 July 2019                              15 - 16 July 2019                                             18 July 2019
National Auditorium                       Vaipae Sports Community Centre               Mapumai Meeting House

*See Flyer Below*

Pacific Health Governance Research Network: Workshop Two

20 – 22 February 2019 | Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi

The Pacific Health Governance Research Network (PHGRN) is proud to invite you to its second

Workshop Two will once again provide opportunity for attendees to discuss research partnerships and projects with counterparts and interested stakeholders. In addition, it will build upon the work of mapping research needs started in Workshop One with more focused discussions on the five major research themes. Workshop Two will also aim to generate concept notes, research groups, and outline agreements toward funding proposals and collaborative actions. In response to feedback from Workshop One, the second event will be longer and aims to more closely involve policy makers, multilaterals and donors in discussion. We look forward to facilitating exciting collaborations between researchers and practitioners who are focused on addressing the health challenges in the region.

As we did at the first workshop, we are using a non-conventional workshop format, designed to allow our attendees to engage with each other to explore issues in depth, and to develop new and exciting partnerships. Presenters and facilitators are both Pacific and international researchers and practitioners, and breakout sessions use a modified talanoa method to facilitate hearing from all our attendees to learn from their knowledge and experience.

We hope you enjoy your time with us here in Nadi and that your time here will help in the establishment of new initiatives and working relationships.

To register please click here.

Please see file below for more details!

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Rekindle the fire. Learn the science and practice of compassionate care.

On March 16th 2019, UOA will convene the first ever compassion in healthcare conference to be held in New Zealand. We are bringing together experts in compassionate care, from scientists to clinicians, to inspire, teach and share the practices of compassion in day to day clinical care.

This conference will benefit doctors, nurses, medical students, paramedics, social workers, psychologists, therapists, allied health providers and anyone involved in the caring profession.

Certificates of attendance (continuing professional education) to document hours attended will be provided. Outside of NZ, please ask your professional regulatory council/ body if they will accept certification from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences of the University of Auckland.

Please visit our website: 

Participate, Reinvigorate & Innovate – 2018 Pasifika Medical Association Conference

Kia orana, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Taloha ni, Fakalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula vinaka, Ia orana and Greetings!

The iconic Pasifika Medical Association Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Auckland Airport Hotel, New Zealand on the 14 – 15 November 2018.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us for the largest annual meeting of Pacific health workers and professionals from around the region.

Our title for this year’s conference is, “Participate, Reinvigorate & Innovate” 

Our key themes are:
– Innovative approaches to Non-Communicable Diseases,
– Reinvigorate our thinking on the impact of Climate Change
– Participate in the future of Mental Health and a reimagined workforce

Our Conference continues to provide the opportunity for delegates to collaborate on a range of issues important to improving the health outcomes of Pacific peoples across the region.  It enables us to reach beyond our geographical boundaries, move out from our everyday concerns and share with our colleagues innovations, learnings, best practice and supports us to develop solutions to the challenges that face all our countries.

Would you like to be involved? 
We welcome those who are considering submitting an abstract for this year’s program. The call for Abstracts are now Open! Email:

Abstracts Close – 19 October 2018 

Read more here.

 Our Food, Our People, Our Future

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.

When: 11 October 2018 8:30am – 4:00pm

Where: MH Foyer, AUT South Campus

640 Great South Rd, Manukau

The food we and our families eat is important for our health and wellbeing. ‘Good food’, delivered by a great ‘food system’, is vital to the health of all New Zealanders. Much has been done by communities in South Auckland, public health workers, and researchers at AUT, to promote good food at low cost. This one-day symposium brings together community, researchers, students, government, and business to share successful projects and related research on good food.

Catering will be provided please click here to register now for this free event!

Pacific Health Governance Research Network Workshop Two

31st October – 2nd November 2018
Tanoa International Hotel – Nadi, Fiji

The Pacific Health Governance Research Network (PHGRN) is proud to announce its second Workshop.
Workshop Two will be hosted by Fiji National University (FNU), the Pacific Community (SPC) and the University of Queensland, at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi, Fiji.

The PHGRN is building a network to create spaces for research partnerships between Pacific researchers and stakeholders, and Australian and international counterparts. The network focuses on health governance in relation to the SDG agenda, seeking to help the region meet goals and targets, and ensure that no-one is left behind. Research and actions under the PHGRN will be consistently informed by Pacific voices, to ensure integration of local knowledge into research and that research addresses practical local needs leading to positive chance in the Pacific.

The PHGRN is organised into five major research themes which are designed to capture the diverse and overlapping challenges and opportunities for health and policy in the Pacific region and the broader context of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

Workshop Two will provide opportunity for attendees to discuss research partnerships and projects with counterparts and interested stakeholders. In addition, it will build upon the work of mapping research needs started in Workshop One with more focused discussions on the five major research themes. Workshop Two will also aim to generate concept notes, research groups, and outline agreements toward funding proposals and collaborative actions. In response to feedback from Workshop One, Workshop Two will be longer and also more closely involve policy makers, multilaterals and donors in discussion.

Workshop Two will involve both plenary sessions, and parallel breakout sessions focusing on specific issues under each of the five major research themes. We aim to make Pacific voices central in directing the PHGRN research agenda. Parallel breakout sessions will each be co-facilitated by a Pacific Islander and other international researchers and practitioners and will use a modified Talanoa method to facilitate broader engagement of attendees.

Finally, attendees may benefit from one of three training sessions provided by experts in the area of media communications, grant writing, and policy brief preparation. See program overview and five themes below!

Register for Workshop Two:
Join the PHGRN and General Workshop Two Queries:

Registration fees:
• 15 AUD for Pacific students
• 50 AUD for Pacific attendees
• 80 AUD for international attendees.
Please note: Limited travel scholarship places will be available for Pacific researchers and practitioners. The scholarship application form can be found here and should be submitted to by the 15th September 2018.

Islands and Oceans:A Conference for Pacific Research

When: 29-30 November 2018 Auckland
Where: Fale Pasifika Complex, University of Auckland, 20 Wynyard Street, Auckland, New Zealand

The New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research (NZIPR) promotes and supports excellence in Pacific Research. We are bringing together thought leaders from New Zealand and the Pacific region to an inaugural conference at the Fale Pasifika Complex on 29-30 November, 2018.

The conference aims to showcase Pacific research from throughout the region, enhance Pacific research networks, and encourage new conversations around contemporary Pacific research modalities.

We envisage a dynamic two day programme with research informed papers addressing contemporary policy issues. The preliminary themes for the conference programme are:

  • Where in the world is the Pacific: deepening, resetting and recalling the boundaries of the Pacific
  • Mobilities: contemporary interpretations of the transformation of people, policies, and money
  • Sustainable development and enterprise opportunities: connecting niche markets to global supply chains
  • Pacific innovations: Research, technologies, and strengthening the capacity of communities
  • Pacific environments and extractive industries: managing land and natural resources
  • New research modalities in the Pacific: working with Pacific structures and influences
  • Pacific ethics of research and care: expanding relationships, procedures, and processes.

The call for sessions are now open and we invite researchers of all persuasions, policy makers at all levels, and development consultants in all their diversities to submit session abstracts. NZIPR researchers are encouraged to submit session abstracts to highlight their research and to create linkages to other research occurring on similar topics.

Session abstracts should be 200 words in length.
Session abstracts can be sent to: 
Tengihia Pousini

Submissions close 31 July 2018

Medsci 2018- Queenstown - 28-29 August - Registrations are open

MedSci is New Zealand’s premier multi-disciplinary biomedical and medical sciences conference and incorporates the meetings of the NZ Society of Endocrinology and the Physiological Society of NZ, as well as special interest groups from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, the Institute of Biomedical Technologies and the Otago Centre for Neuroendocrinology. 

See MedSci 2018 programme at a glance and other details.

Organising committee is headed by Drs Joanne Davidson and Marie Ward from Auckland University.

Discounted registration fees are available for members of the NZSE and PSNZ. Please see the registration section for more information regarding this.

Not a member? Join NZSE here or PSNZ here.

Queenstown Research Week Registrations Now Open

Registrations for New Zealand’s largest annual bioscience conference are open at  The meeting will be at the newly renovated Rydges Hotel in Queenstown and we expect up to 1500 registrations for these meetings.

The opening plenary lecture will be delivered by Nobel Laureate Prof Elizabeth Blackburn.  As usual the Australasian Winter Conference for Brain Research and ASCEPT NZ meetings will be part of the week. It will also continue to incorporate the 2018 QMB and  2018 Medsci meetings and the week will also feature a record 8 satellite meetings on Marine Biology, Plant Biology, Rare Brain Diseases, Bioinformatics, Gene Technologies, Cancer, Drugs and Medical Devices and Immunology (in association with ASINZ). The NZ Society for Oncology (NZSO) will also be having their annual meeting in Queenstown to link with Queenstown Research Week.  A week of science not to be missed.


GSA 2018- Annual Scientific Meeting

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research, learning, and practice. Through its Annual Scientific Meeting, GSA offers nearly 4,000 international professionals in the field of aging the opportunity to learn the latest trends and development from industry leaders, build strategic partnerships to address aging challenges, and network with peers.

GSA’s 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting will take place November 14-18, 2018 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts and will focus on the theme, "The Purposes of Longer Lives" chosen by incoming GSA 2018 President, Dr. David Ekerdt, University of Kansas. Below is a video of Dr. David Ekerdt sharing what the theme means to him.

Information on the Gerontological Society's Interest Groups can be found here:

19th South Pacific Nurses Forum

 The 19th South Pacific Nurses Forum will be held from 15th-19th October 2018 in the Cook Islands and will bring together evidence, experience and innovations highlighting nursing contribution to Universal Health Coverage and demonstrating how nurses are important to ensuring access and quality of health care for all.

The theme of this year's meeting: "Transforming Leadership - Nurses as Change Agents for Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the Pacific" encourages nurses to take the lead and lead by example to be full partners with other health professionals in redesigning and advancing health care to address the challenge of NCDs. NCDs are the greatest challenge to Pacific people in this 21st century. Nurses need to lead the way in the prevention and management of these conditions to improve the health and reduce the mortality and morbidity of Pacific people.

Submission of abstracts are now open, and the deadline for submission of abstracts is 23rd April 2018. To register click here.


Looking forward to travelling to #stunning Suva, #Fiji for the Fiji Nursing Association #Nurses Symposium, April 26-28, 2018, and presenting the results of our latest research project with #Pacific family carers. The symposium theme is Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Health is a Human Right.


Conference draws experts and community together

Around 80 scientists, health specialists, health policy makers and funders along with frontline community health workers and community members joined together at Iritekura Marae in Waipiro Bay early April to discuss better solutions for metabolic disease (type-2 diabetes, heart and kidney disease and gout).
The meeting was part of the annual Queenstown Research Week, and thanks to The Maurice Wilkins Centre and Ngati Porou Hauora, was the first to venture out and bring academic discussion to a remote rural community, said organisers.

HRC chief executive Professor Kath McPherson, who took part in the event, came back energised by the level of interest and engagement among the community. “There was a palpable sense of wanting to see quality research that delivers meaningful results, and to see researchers connect more with small communities, to identify the questions that matter and how best to translate research into change," she said.

“This meeting didn’t just happen - it was a lot of work by Ngati Porou Hauora, the country’s smallest PHO – and The Maurice Wilkins Centre, one of the country’s dedicated Centres of Research Excellence.

“Building these sorts of connections is a key part of the New Zealand Health Research Strategy so it was great to be part of it, and I look forward to contributing to other such events around New Zealand.”

 Pictured: Deputy Chair of Ngati Porou Hauora, Huti Puketapu-Watson, Kai Karanga, leading the manuhiri onto Iritekura Marae.

Tatai Oranga: Joining Forces to Tackle Metabolic Diseases 2018 Symposium

We Are The Pacific Ocean are delighted to support and announce the Tatai Oranga: Joining forces to tackle metabolic diseases 2018 Symposium. It will combine the expertise of the community, clinicians, and scientists to tackle the epidemic of metabolic diseases type-2 diabetes, kidney and heart disease, and gout, with a particular focus on the impact of these diseases on Māori and Pacific communities.  The Symposium will be held over three days from the 4th to 6th April 2018 on the East Coast in conjunction with the Ngāti Porou Hauora Charitable Trust to acknowledge their recent establishment of a joint research centre with the Maurice Wilkins Centre.

The first two days of the Symposium will be held at Iritekura Marae in Waipiro Bay, and then in Gisborne at the Gisborne Hospital Learning Centre for the third day.

Day 1 will focus initially on big picture issues we need to tackle together to stem the wave of metabolic diseases. The aim will be for a consensus to emerge from the focused discussion between local community members, clinicians and scientists on approaches to moving forward together to improve our wellbeing by reducing the prevalence and impact of metabolic diseases.

Day 2 will focus on scientific presentations on subjects that include genetics, biology and nutrition factors in metabolic diseases. New methods for implementing scientific research in metabolic diseases will be considered.

Day 3 will have a clinical focus.

The following great speakers have been confirmed:

Professor Jose Florez from Harvard University whose research focuses on how gene variants affect the efficacy of drugs. 

Dr Giles Yeo from Cambridge University who is researching the genetics of metabolic diseases and who is also a presenter on the renowned BBC TV show “Trust Me I’m a Doctor”.

Dr Joseph Yracheta, a researcher affiliated with the University of Washington who is investigating the impact of genetics in indigenous communities in America.

Teepa Wawatai, Chair of the Ngati Porou Hauora Charitable Trust (NPH). Since its inception, NPH has been actively involved in research partnerships and projects guided by the Board’s research policy and procedures. NPH is now developing both a research centre and a new model for delivering its clinical services, in pursuit of whanau engaged in living longer.

Dr Lance O’Sullivan, a GP from the Moko Foundation in Kaitaia, is developing innovative approaches to delivering primary healthcare in rural under-served communities.

We encourage participation from those in New Zealand who have a strong interest in research or treatment of metabolic diseases.  Programme and registration details are available at


We Are The Pacific Ocean are delighted to support and announce the Tatai Oranga: Joining forces to tackle metabolic diseases 2018 Symposium. We have provided the Marae Protocol to the symposium below. It will combine the expertise of the community, clinicians, and scientists to tackle the epidemic of metabolic diseases type-2 diabetes, kidney and heart disease, and gout, with a particular focus on the impact of these diseases on Māori and Pacific communities.  The Symposium will be held over three days from the 4th to 6th April 2018 on the East Coast in conjunction with the Ngāti Porou Hauora Charitable Trust to acknowledge their recent establishment of a joint research centre with the Maurice Wilkins Centre.