News & Events

Are e-cigarettes a health innovation or a risk?

NIHI director Associate Professor Chris Bullen appeared on Radio New Zealand's Nine To Noon programme recently to discuss whether e-cigarettes are a health innovation or a risk.

He was joined in the discussion by Pamela Ling, Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, whose research is on tobacco prevention among young people, and the marketing and advertising of e-cigarettes.

Click here to listen to the talk.

SaltSwitch is now recruiting

Using SlatSwitch at the SupermarketThe SaltSwitch study aims to help people with heart disease eat less salt. High salt intake is linked with high blood pressure and risk of heart attack and stroke. This study will look to see whether a smartphone application (app) called SaltSwitch can help people with heart disease make lower salt food choices.

NIHI’s Cliona Ni Mhurchu shines spotlight reducing health inequalities

Professor Cliona Ni MhurchuAs one of the key speakers at the recent ‘Tackling Determinants, Changing Behaviours’ symposium, NIHI’s Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu shared her insights on population health improvements.

The free symposium, organised by NIHI and held at the University of Auckland, focused on local and global perspectives on population health improvement.

Results from NIHI’s IMPACT study published in British Medical Journal

Dr Vanessa SelakResults from a study by the National Institute for Health Innovation, just published in the British Medical Journal, may soon make the fight against heart attacks and strokes, New Zealand’s number one killer, significantly easier to treat.  

International guidelines recommend treating patients affected by cardiovascular disease with a combination of aspirin, blood pressure lowering drugs and statins (which lower cholesterol) to help reduce their risk of having a second heart attack or stroke by over 50%.

DIET Programme website goes live!

The front page of the DIET Origramme web site.

The five-year DIET (Dietary Interventions: Evidence & Translation) Programme, funded by the HRC, and directed by Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu now has its own website at

NIHI researchers win awards at the School of Population Health Research Showcase

Leila Pfaeffli, Helen Eyles and Wilma Waterlander with awards

Leila Pfaeffli - post-graduate award for best poster
Wilma Waterlander - emerging researcher award for best poster
Helen Eyles - people's choice award for best poster 

Professor David Nutt discusses regulation of alcohol

Professor David Nutt of the Imperial College London gives his opinion on whether alcohol regulation policy should follow a similar path to tobacco policy.

How can New Zealand achieve its Smokefree 2025 goal?

NIHI recently hosted renowned additions expert, Professor David Nutt of the Imperial College London, on a visit to New Zealand. During his visit we asked him to share his thoughts on how New Zealand can reach its goal to be smokefree by 2025 (defined as less than 5% of the population smoking). Watch the below for his suggestions:

NIHI e-cigarette study listed in Top 10 NZ science stories of 2013

The Science Media Centre has included a world-first study led by NIHI researchers into the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool, on its list of the most significant science stories of 2013.

The study, led by NIHI director Associate Professor Chris Bullen, made headlines across the globe for discovering e-cigarettes could be as effective as nicotine patches in helping people to quit smoking.

$1.2m funding for research into renal denervation high blood pressure treatment

People with resistant high blood pressure will benefit from a new NIHI-led project to evaluate the best advice to help New Zealanders.

The $1.2 million nationwide project, funded by the new HRC/National Health Committee Health Innovation Partnership, will evaluate how care for people with resistant high blood pressure can be improved in New Zealand.