6PM Thu 18 June, Auckland Museum Auditorium
All welcome

Join us for a public moderated panel discussion on cannabis use to raise the debate and inform voters in the NZ referendum 2020 with evidence based Dunedin and Christchurch longitudinal study. The directors of the two studies, Professors Richie Poulton and Joseph Boden, will discuss key findings from the studies. In sharing these study findings they hope to support an evidence-informed approach when New Zealanders enter the voting booth in 2020.

New Zealand is blessed with two of the world’s richest sources of information about the natural history of cannabis use. The Dunedin and Christchurch cohort studies have both studied approximately 1,000 people from birth into their 40s, capturing in detail key developmental periods and patterns of cannabis use. These studies have been described by international experts as being the best designed and most informative epidemiological studies showing the lifecourse consequences of cannabis use and misuse. Their study members have lived through a historical period of high cannabis use during adolescence and young adulthood. In particular, these studies provide in-depth information about the adverse effects of regular and sustained cannabis use.


This panel discussion will be moderated by Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theordore, Co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR), who will be joined by:

Prof Richie Poulton, Director Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Research Unit and Chief Science Advisor to the NZ Ministry of Social Development

Prof Joseph Boden, Associate Professor Otago University’s Department of Psychological Medicine

Tuari Potiki, the Chair of the NZ Drug Foundation and Director of Māori Development at Otago University


The moderated panel debate is FREE but there is limited seating available in the Museum’s Auditorium - bookings are essential.


Alternatively, you can attend remotely via Zoom here (password 250975).
The Grand Foyer will be open from 5:30pm so you can make your way to the Auditorium for a 6:00pm start.