25 Apr 2017

Workshop highlights kava's economic potential

From , 5:03 am on 25 April 2017

Pacific people are being urged to keep developing kava's economic potential beyond traditional ceremonies and kava bars.

Kava is often consumed during special occasions and social gatherings but more non-Pacific people are using kava for sleep aids and as way to relax or de-stress.

Its reputation is still recovering after controversial research linking it to liver toxicity led to bans and restrictions in Europe.

Sara Vui-Talitu recently attended a kava workshop in Aotearoa.

Kava Haus Limited director, Koloa Hau

Koloa Hau. Photo: RNZ/ Sara Vui-Talitu