Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke programme

The Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke programme comprises three miro that reflect our core principles of partnership and capacity building; our commitment to eliminating disparities, and our undertaking to foster active engagement with all stakeholders. The programme comprises three closely linked whenu.

Our whenu will help develop detailed evidence about population smokefree measures and tell the story that lies behind and beyond these. We aim to bridge the gap between population data and community experiences, and develop a new understanding of the disruptions, barriers and disconnections that can affect how research findings get applied.


Whenu tahi

Whenu tahi includes the Evidence for Achieving Smokefree Aotearoa Equitably (EASE) project. This builds on the current NZ ITC and Te Ara Auahi Kore studies, and will investigate the impact and feasibility of leading smokefree policy options through regular surveys of people who smoke or who have recently quit. This whenu also includes the INSPIRED project which explores the experiences of other countries that have set national smokefree goals and will identify new ideas could be applied in Aotearoa.

Whenu rua

Whenu rua projects will probe topical issues and emerging questions and findings from whenu tahi (the EASE study), using rich qualitative and mixed methods. Projects will include exploring how individuals, whānau and communities experience smokefree measures, retailer views, the occurrence of possible unintended outcomes of policy measures, relapse from vaping to smoking, and the social supply of tobacco products among young people. These studies create fine-grained insights into the feasibility of measures designed to reduce the appeal, availability and affordability of smoking and how they affect people who smoke.

Whenu toru

Whenu toru explores barriers to research findings being applied by government within tobacco control policies and interventions. This whenu takes a systems perspective to understanding the wider context in which smokefree activities operate within Aotearoa. Research activities include identifying actors and institutions that influence smokefree policies, and probing how they influence policy development and implementation, particularly as they relate to addressing smoking disparities.