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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.

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Last updated on Friday 11 October 2013

Study Explores Guided Mindfulness Meditation and Physical Activity on Mood and Brain Functioning

Invitation to Participate

Exploring Guided Mindfulness Meditation and Physical Activity on Mood and Brain Functioning


Researchers from the University of Auckland’s psychology department would like to invite you to participate in a study exploring the connections between guided mindfulness meditation and physical activity. This information may be useful in developing materials and aids that will help individuals achieve a more balanced lifestyle. This research is being undertaken by Tamasin Taylor, as fulfilment of the requirements of a Ph.D (Health Psychology) degree at the University of Auckland.

The researchers are inviting people who have had zero or minimal experience of mindfulness meditation experience. There are three activities in this study that will involve your participation. The total amount of time required by you will be 5.5 hours over three weeks plus travelling time. Entry into a prize draw of $100 will be offered to participants who complete the study as a token of our appreciation for the time and effort contributed to this project.The involvement includes three activities:

1)     You will be asked to attend a five day course of 20-minutes of either guided mindfulness meditation or physical activity sessions (condition allocated to you by the researcher). The sessions will be held at the University of Auckland city campus, times to be allocated.

2)     You will be asked to complete two simple computer tasks at the University of Auckland city campus hsb building on two days (1- week apart).

3)     You will be asked to complete two general psychological wellbeing questionnaires via an internet link over the three-week study period. These will take approximately 15 minutes each to complete.

If you are interested in participating or finding out more about the study, please email t.taylor@auckland.ac.nz, or phone/text: 027 2435 198.


WDHB would like your feedback about the Asian Advance Care Plan Leaflet and Form

Invitation to Asian community members and health professionals

WDHB would like your feedback about the Advance Care Plan Leaflet and Form

The National Advance Care Planning Cooperative team and Waitemata District Health Board ACP clinical coordinator is seeking feedback from Asian communities and health professionals about the attached Advance Care Plan leaflet and form currently available in English.

1.      The Advance Care Plan Leaflet (tri-fold brochure format)

This leaflet provides information about Advance Care Planning by promoting awareness about what to plan ahead for future health care including personal care,  treatment preferences for end of life situations, what can be done and who to talk to.

2.      The Advance Care Plan Form (4 pages)

This form is for individuals to document their personal care and specific treatment preferences for end of life situations. Additionally, it is about the existence of a will, and the location of important papers and other practical matters.

<<Advance care planning Leaflet>> <<My advance care plan form>>

Due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, the Advance Care Plan Cooperative team would like your views on: the appropriateness of the design/graphics; the colour; the wording used on the leaflet and the form and; whether if there is a need for improvements. In addition, we are trying to find out if there is a need for the form and the leaflet to be translated into different Asian languages.

How to provide feedback:

1.      You can complete the online feedback form by clicking on this link



2.      You can complete the attached feedback form and email back to

        Stella Song: by email stella.song@waitematadhb.govt.nz

<<2013-5-17 SM ACP Feedback Form>>


3.      If you know of others who may be interested to provide feedback, please feel free to send this request for feedback and the form to your networks.


4.      If you wish to run a focus group with others to collect feedback using the attached form, we would be most appreciative, please send us the completed form(s) by post:

        Attn: Stella Song – Asian Health Support Services, Waiteamata DHB, Private Bag 93503, Takapuna

Deadline for feedback is Friday, 10 June 2013

If you would like to know more about ACP please go to www.advancecareplanning.org.nz. Your assistance, feedback and comments would be very much appreciated and valued by the ACP team.


Asian Health Support Services I Waitemata DHB

p: 09 4423239  I m:  021 2402230  I   f:   09 4868307