What is the Tūranga?

Tūranga = Maori for ‘standing place’, ‘platform’ or ‘foundation.’


The New Zealand government has set an ambitious goal to reduce tobacco smoking prevalence to less than 5% by 2025. Research will be vital to ensure that policies and programmes to achieve the goal are evidence-based.

In 2010, the Ministry of Health and Health Research Council of New Zealand formed the Reducing Tobacco-related Harm Research Partnership and 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 for Health Innovation, University of Auckland) and Associate Professor Marewa Glover (Research Centre for Māori Health & Development, Massey University).


Symposium: The Tobacco Control Research Turanga: Ideas, innovation and impact, Wednesday 25 May

This symposium brings together researchers from around New Zealand across a wide range of disciplines and institutions to showcase their research supported by the Tobacco Control Research Tūranga in the second half of the grant. Their brief was to develop and test ground-breaking ideas that might contribute to smoking prevalence reduction.

Wednesday 25 May 2016, 9am-4.30pm

Auckland Conference Centre
Carlaw Park, Ground Floor
12-16 Nicholls Lane, Parnell, Auckland

There is no charge for this event.
Registrations are capped at 100 and will be allocated...

Recent Publications

Excise, electronic cigarettes and nicotine reduction to reduce smoking prevalence in New Zealand by 2025

Murray Laugesen, Randolph C Grace

In this letter Adjunct Professor Laugesen and Professor Grace reiterate three main methods to achieve the 2025 goal...

Predicting decreases in smoking with a cigarette purchase task: evidence from an excise tax rise in New Zealand

Grace RC, Kivell BM, Laugesen M

Tob Control 2015;24:582-587 doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051594

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