Dr. 'Apo' Aporosa is maternally related to the village of Naduri in Macuata, Fiji.  He has a doctorate in Development Studies* from Massey University (New Zealand) and over 20 years experience as a development practitioner in Fiji and New Zealand.

Current Status

Apo is the 2019 New Zealand Health Research Council ​Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki (research) Fellow.  He is based at Te Huataki Waiora School of Health at The University of Waikato and also works with the School of Psychology's ​Traffic and Road Safety Research Group where he is investigating driver safety following kava use at traditional consumption volumes.  He is also involved in several development projects in Fiji with Research for Development.


Associate Professor Matt Tomlinson (Australia National University) stated, "Dr Aporosa must now be considered the world’s leading researcher on the social use of kava (Piper methysticum)". (Oct. 2016)

* Development Studies is an inter-disciplinary field involving demographics, environmental issues, culture, social transformation, politics, economics, 

  policy analysis and formulation, health, anthropology, etc.