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PHSE104 Applied Physical Experiences

Ngā Mahia a Te Rehia, outdoor education fieldwork, aquatics, and first aid/health and safety.

PHSE 104 Applied Physical Experiences is a core paper providing BPhED students important opportunities to engage experientially with sociocultural and biophysical perspectives of human movement. The paper is taught in three different parts (Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia, Camp and Aquatics) by staff from the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, specialist community groups and professionals from relevant sectors.

Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia: The kaupapa of PHSE 104: Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia is whanaungatanga. Whanaungatanga has a variety of meanings, including for example: balancing the mauri (life force) of relationships; building strong relationships; the importance of wh?ünau; and collective vision. Ngā mahi a te rēhia refers to the arts of amusement, pleasure and recreation. Specifically, students will be introduced to: mau rakau (Māori weaponry); waka ama; taonga taakaro (Māori games); and kapa haka (performing arts). Each of these elements is located within a Māori worldview; has specific whakapapa (genealogy); is associated with particular atua (deities); and has certain tikanga (protocols) as well. Ngā mahi a te rēhia is an important platform for understanding Māori physical education and health.

Camp: Learning, living and moving in outdoor environments has long shaped our identities as New Zealanders, and outdoor education remains an important part of the New Zealand school curriculum. This programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to becoming more comfortable living and moving in a backcountry environment. Experienced outdoor educators will lead groups of approximately eight students in the valleys and mountains surrounding Paradise, at the head of Lake Wakatipu.

Aquatics: Many BPhED graduates will work and recreate with others in the aquatic environments of New Zealand and beyond. It is important that all graduates can demonstrate at least baseline aquatic abilities, with an emphasis on personal survival. All BPhED students are tested in a pool environment, and those who do not meet the benchmark will be provided with appropriate lessons during the second semester.

Paper title Applied Physical Experiences
Paper code PHSE104
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $969.22
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,368.00

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PHSE 103
Limited to
(i) PHSE104 is not available to first year students. (ii) Coursework commences either two weeks before the start of the first semester, or two weeks following the end of examinations. There are four days of additional coursework in the second semester.
Contact or
Teaching staff
Camp and the Aquatics Programmes Co-ordinator: Geoff Ockwell
Camp and the Aquatics Programmes Tutors: To be advised
Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia Co-ordinator: Dr Anne-Marie Jackson
Paper Structure
There is a PHSE 104 preliminary lecture at the beginning of the second semester. Beyond this, Camp, Ngā Mahi a Rēhia and Aquatics are largely field-based programmes. There will be a Camp planning and safety lecture in September. Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia is based on a noho marae (stay at a traditional Māori meeting house).
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia:
  • Students are introduced to the fundamentals of a Māori world. At the completion of Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia students will gain a basic understanding of Māori physical education and health. Importantly, students will have an improved comfort level for Māori physical education and health
  • Students will develop the skills necessary to be comfortable and safe in a backcountry environment in a variety of weather conditions. They will understand how the outdoor education papers within the BPhEd can support their interests in outdoor leadership, guiding, instruction and teaching
  • Students will develop a range of strategies related to building productive and supportive teams, working together for a common purpose
  • Students will understand the importance of a place-responsive approach to learning
  • Students will appreciate the importance of fun, challenge, shared experiences, uncertainty and the management of risk in fostering personal, social and socio-ecological growth in themselves and others
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a baseline of personal competence in a managed aquatic environment
  • They will understand the importance of 'reading' before 'engaging' with aquatic situations

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Friday 13:00-13:50 28
M1 Friday 13:00-14:50 34