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PHSE320 Akoranga Whakakori: Māori Physical Activity and Health

An introduction to the social and educational significance of physical activity from a Māori perspective.

Māori are the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand and are often represented negatively in the public imagination. Māori physical education (PE) and health issues are discussed and described using deficit modelling.

This paper asks students to challenge the common sense notions and understandings of Māori PE and health. In particular, this paper will offer a unique strengths-based lens to view Māori PE and health.

The paper is focussed on three key wāhanga or topics. These are:

  • Te Ao Māori/Māori worldview
  • Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and
  • kaupapa Māori theory and methodology

This paper asks students to:
  • Examine perspectives of Māori PE and health
  • Consider appropriate applications for Māori PE and health
  • Relate theoretical concepts to current issues

Paper title Akoranga Whakakori: Māori Physical Activity and Health
Paper code PHSE320
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,039.00

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PHSE 104 or MAOR 102
PHSE 520
Teaching staff
Dr Anne-Marie Jackson and Hauiti Hakopa
More information link
View the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science website
Paper Structure
There are three wāhanga or topics covered in the paper within a Māori physical education and health context:
  • Te Ao Māori/Māori worldview
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi
  • Kaupapa Māori theory

50% group work consisting of:
25% Whānau Presentation
25% Whānau Report

50% individual work consisting of:
5% Ko wai koe? Introductory reflective essay
10% Noho marae reflection
35% Major Research Essay
Teaching Arrangements
There is one compulsory noho marae (stay at a traditional Māori meeting house) that aims to provide an applied understanding of the paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
  • Global perspective
  • Interdisciplinary perspective
  • Lifelong learning
  • Scholarship
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural understanding
  • Ethics
  • Environmental literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Research
  • Self-motivation
  • Teamwork

View more information about Otago's graduate attributes
There is no paper text book. Journal articles and book chapters are provided on Blackboard and at Course Reserve.
Learning Outcomes
PHSE 320 provides the content base for students wanting to work within the field of Māori physical education and health. Students will gain an understanding of their role for working within and supporting Māori aspirations in a New Zealand context. This paper is the platform for PHSE 427 Te Mahi ki ngā Hapori Māori Working with Māori Communities.
Dr Anne-Marie Jackson

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 30-34,36-41 Tues : 12:00-13:50
Weeks: 28-29 Tues : 12:00-13:50