Feedback meetings on research about alcohol use in the Rainbow Community
Drinking alcohol is a part of many New Zealanders’ lives but, for a significant proportion, the amount and pattern of drinking causes harm both to themselves and others.
(Health Promotion Agency)

Come along to a community meeting to hear the results of research about the role of alcohol and drinking among members of New Zealand's Rainbow/LGBTQ+ communities.

Rainbow community individuals and organisations, as well as those working in related areas are encouraged to attend.

The research team would love to hear your feedback on the results.

The meetings scheduled are:

Wellington – Monday 10 September
Executive Suite, Massey University, Wallace Street, Mt Cook, Wellington

Christchurch – Tuesday 11 September
Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch

Auckland – Wednesday 12 September
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland 1011

The meetings run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm; light refreshments will be provided from 5.30pm

If you live outside of these areas, please feel free to contact Jeff Adams for other ways you can be involved.

More about the research

The object of the research are to investigate the social, cultural and political influences on alcohol consumption among LGBTQ+ people. In particular it will explore how practices common in everyday culture and community norms and expectations impact on drinking. Specifically the research aims are to:

  1. Understand the role of alcohol in LGBTQ+ communities
  2. Explore how LGBTQ+ drinking is influenced by LGBTQ+ cultural norms and social practices
  3. Explore how LGBTQ+ drinking is influenced by New Zealand cultural norms and social practices
  4. Identify potential prevention efforts for these groups

About the research team

The researchers are from SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Massey University (Dr Jeff Adams, Dr Lanuola Asiasiga, Jitesh Prasad) and Associate Professor Stephen Neville (Department of Nursing, Auckland University of Technology).

The research is funded by the Health Promotion Agency.

Need help with your drinking?

Call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797,, free txt 8681.