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Invitation to Participate in Research

Asian MSM Research

Gay, bi or have sex with other men?

Do you identify as Chinese or South Asian?

Please consider taking part on in an interview about life in Auckland.


Hello, we are members of a research team from the SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre and the School of Nursing, Massey University.

What is this study about?

This research aims to explore Chinese and South Asian gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) views about gay life in Auckland. The study has been funded by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.    

Why focus on Chinese and South Asian gay, bisexual or MSM?

People identifying as Chinese and South Asian are the largest groups of Asian people living in Auckland. Because of this we are interested in interviewing people about their family and culture, lifestyle in Auckland, socialisation including relationships, sexual identity and condom use. We therefore invite you to participate in this study.

If you take part in the study what will you have to do?

The study uses face to face audio recorded interviews at a place of your choice to collect the information we require. The interview will take approximately one hour to complete. We are looking for gay, bisexual and other MSM who identify as Chinese or South Asian, who are 30 years of age or under, can read and speak English and who were either born in New Zealand or somewhere else. If you do decide to be part of the study you will be able to choose which interviewer you would like to take the interview with. If you agree to participate a $30 grocery voucher will be given to you in recognition of the time you contribute to the study.

What will happen to the information you provide?

  • All information collected during this study will be confidential.
  • To protect your privacy your real name will not be used anywhere. Instead we will use an anonymous ID code or pseudonym to labelany information relating to you such as the transcribed information from the audio-taped interview, any reports or articles produced. Access to any information that links your personal details to the ID code will be restricted to members of the research team listed at the bottom of this information sheet.
  • All research materials will be kept in a locked metal filing cabinet and will be destroyed after 5 years.

When the interviews have been completed and the tapes transcribed, the findings will be written up as a report to the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. Conference papers and journal articles will also be written from this research.

Are there any risks involved in taking part in this study?

There are no risks associated with participating in this study. Accepting this invitation to participate is entirely your choice. At any time during the study you have the right to:

  • decline to participate
  • refuse to answer any particular question
  • withdraw from the study up until seven days following the interview
  • ask any questions about the study at any time during participation.

At the conclusion of the study a summary of the findings will be available on www.shore.ac.nz.

If you do agree to take part, and then change your mind you are free to withdraw from the study up until seven days following the interview. If during the interview any of the questions or aspects of the discussion cause you to feel upset and you need support, further information and/or counselling please contact the Burnett Centre on 0-9-309 5560, the NZAF 24 hour Nationwide Hotline on 0800802437, Lifeline 0800 543 354, or Chinese Lifeline 0800 888 880.

What should you do now?

If after reading this information sheet you decide to participate then you should select from the list below the person you would be like to be interviewed by and contact them to arrange an interview.



Ivan Yeo

Gay Chinese Malaysian man. Been in New Zealand since 2001. Speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.


021 423 697

Jitesh Prasad 

Bisexual man. Indian, Fijian born. Speaks English and Hindi


021 423759

Stephen Neville

 Gay man. NZ European. Speaks English.

 Phone/text: 021 666 919

Email: s.j.neville@massey.ac.nz

Jeff Adams

 Gay man. NZ born; NZ European and Anglo-Indian enthnicity. Speaks English.

 Phone: 0800 854 120

Text: 021 645 213

Email: j.b.adams@massey.ac.nz

Interviewers who can speak other languages may be available. Please contact Jeff Adams to discuss this.

Project Contacts

If you have any questions about the project, please contact one of the researchers named below:

Dr Jeff AdamsSHORE & Whariki Research Centre

Massey University

P O Box 6137

Wellesley St


Phone: (09) 366 6136 Fax: (09) 366 5149


Dr Stephen NevilleSchool of Nursing

Massey University

Private Bag 102 904

North Shore Mail Centre


Phone: (09) 414 0800 Fax: (09) 441 8165



This project has been reviewed and approved by the Massey University Human Ethics Committee: Northern, Application 13/042. If you have any concerns about the conduct of this research, please contact the Chair, Massey University Human Ethics Committee: Northern, telephone 09 414 0800 x43350, email humanethicsnorth@massey.ac.nz.

Page authorised by Sally Casswell
Last updated on Friday 11 October 2013

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