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Māori and Pacific Perspectives on Transport to School:
BEATS Cultural Study

School-age students are becoming more sedentary. The lack of physical activity in adolescents increases risks of health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease both in teenage years and in adult life. Active transport to school is an effective way to increase physical activity in youth. However, to date we know little about the influence of cultural context on how adolescents to school. It is very important that we learn more about factors that influence active transport and level of physical activity in adolescents, in order to be able to prevent health problems later in life. This study will examine what Māori and Pacific adolescents think about their transport to school.

Investigators: Associate Professor Sandy Mandic, Dr Debbie Hopkins and Dr Anna Rolleston

Information for student participants

This study is looking at what Māori and Pacific adolescents think about the way they travel to school. The results of this study will help to make you and all adolescents in New Zealand healthier and safer.

This study is looking for school students aged from 13 to 18 years who live either in Dunedin or the wider Western Bay of Plenty.

Participate in two activities:

  • One focus group interview at your community (45-60 minute) to talk about how you travel to school.
  • Complete an online questionnaire (35 to 40 minutes) and comment on it.

Participants in each activity will receive a $10 book voucher.

For more information, download student information sheet.

Please talk to your parent/guardian about this study.

If you would like to take part, fill out the consent form for student participants and send it to the researchers by post or email. Your parent will also need to sign parental consent.

Download student consent form

Only adolescents with signed parental consent form will be allowed to participate in this study (see next section for Parents/Guardians).

Information for Parents/Guardians

This study is looking at what Māori and Pacific adolescents think about the way they travel to school. We kindly ask parents to discuss this study with their adolescent. If parents are happy for their son/daughter to take part in this study, parents will need to sign parental consent for their child.

Consenting adolescents will participate in one focus group interview at their community (45 to 60 minutes) and complete an online questionnaire (35 to 40 minutes) in their own time. Participants in each activity will receive a $10 book voucher.

Download information sheet for parents/guardians
Download consent form for parents/guardians

Contact us for more information and to sign up

Dr Anna Rolleston, The Centre for Health, PO Box 13068, Tauranga 3141
Email: anna@thecentreforhealth.co.nz | Phone: +64 7 578 6624

Associate Professor Sandy Mandic, School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Dunedin
Email: sandra.mandic@otago.ac.nz | Phone: 03 479 5415

BEATS Study Coordinator, School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054
E-mail: beats@otago.ac.nz | Phone: 03 479 9112

For more information about the BEATS Study, check out the BEATS Study website.
For more information about our research, check out Active Living Laboratory website.