The National Institute for Health Innovation

The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) is a leading New Zealand research institute with a focus on prevention and management of common serious diseases and effective healthcare. We provide independent scientific evidence that supports individuals, communities, clinicians, and policy makers to 'get it right'

With research programmes on addictions, nutrition, physical activity, heart health and health technology, NIHI undertakes research on effective delivery of healthcare, technologies to support care delivery and the prevention and management of chronic disease

At NIHI we measure our success by our contribution to improving people's health in New Zealand and around the globe


NIHI researchers have been successful in the recent HRC major project funding round with a NZ$1.2m grant to undertake a large randomised trial of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation.
The trial, to be led by Hon Associate Professor Natalie Walker, will build on the pioneering experience the NIHI team has with e-cigarette research, this time testing new generation e-cigarettes with and without nicotine in combination with nicotine replacement therapy, for their effect on smoking cessation.

RUFIT study has been awarded HRC funding

The RUFIT study, led by Associate Professor Ralph Maddison aims to test the feasibility of adapting a Scottish programme football fans healthy lifestyles programme for New Zealand men, delivered via professional rugby clubs.

Published Research

Effects of Health-Related Food Taxes and Subsidies on Mortality from Diet-Related Disease in New Zealand: An Econometric-Epidemiologic Modelling Study

Health-related food taxes and subsidies may promote healthier diets and reduce mortality. Our aim was to estimate the effects of health-related food taxes and subsidies on deaths prevented or postponed in New Zealand. Read More >

Changes in the Sodium Content of New Zealand Processed Foods: 2003–2013

Decreasing population sodium intake has been identified as a "best buy" for reducing non-communicable disease. The aim of this study was to explore 10-year changes in the sodium content of New Zealand processed foods.

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Effect of a Family-Centered, Secondhand Smoke Intervention to Reduce Respiratory Illness in Indigenous Infants in Australia and New Zealand: A Randomized Controlled Trial

A randomised controlled trial of a family-based, second-hand smoke intervention has found that simply having smoke-free homes and cars is not sufficient to protect children from exposure to second-hand smoke nor reduce the occurrence of acute respiratory illness in indigenous infants in Australia and New Zealand.

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