ESR is part of a successful bid for a Health Research Council programme grant that aims to reduce the high rates of smoking and close smoking disparities, particularly among Māori and Pasifika.

With partners, Hāpai te Hauora, Kōkiri Marae Keriana Olsen Trust, and ESR, the University of Otago led programme has received close to $5M for a five-year research programme called Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke.

The work seeks to enhance how scientific evidence is being used in decision-making around reducing smoking, and help the progress towards a Smokefree Aotearoa.

ESR is jointly leading a strand of the research to understand the multiple influences in tobacco control policy, in order to identify future evidence informed tobacco control options.

Mat Walton, Technical Lead Social Systems team says ESR is pleased to bring systems thinking expertise as part of this important work - researching ways to discover how reducing tobacco’s appeal, affordability and accessibility has an impact on communities and whanau.

Systems thinking is used to understand how the interaction of many influences can create something like smoking rates, and come up with new ways to reduce it.

“ Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke aims to build research capacity and smoking related evidence to create unique opportunities to address the pressing health inequities caused by smoking. We are very pleased to be a part of this collaborative research.”


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