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SPEX306 Te Pou o Te Koronga Advanced Māori Physical Education and Health

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Application of Māori worldview and the relationships between tangata (people) and whenua (land), waka (canoes), moana (ocean) and wai (water).

Paper title Te Pou o Te Koronga Advanced Māori Physical Education and Health
Paper code SPEX306
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $946.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,213.25

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54 200-level MAOR points or PHSE 104 or PHSE 320 or SPEX 206
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science

Teaching staff

Course Coordinator: Dr Chanel Phillips

Paper Structure

The paper builds off SPEX 206 and is focused on five key wāhanga, or topics.

These are: (1) tangata (people); (2) whenua (land); (3) waka (canoes); (4) wai (water); and (5) moana (ocean).

In this paper we ask students to:

  1. Explore your own understandings of health and the environment.
  2. Deepen your understanding of whakapapa (genealogy), mātauranga (Māori knowledge) and tikanga (custom, protocol) in relation to Māori and the environment.
  3. Examine theoretical content of the manifestations of Māori worldview through: (1) tāngata (people); (2) whenua (land); (3) waka (canoes); (4) wai (water) and; (5) moana (ocean).
  4. Consider appropriate applications for Māori communities for the five key wāhanga topics.

No textbooks required.  Course readings will be provided via eReserve on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this paper the student will have:

  • A deeper understanding of who you are and where you come from in relation to the environment.
  • Had an opportunity to deepen understanding of theoretical constructs of a Māori worldview through the examination of oral literature such as mōteatea (chant); pūrākau (stories, creation narratives); whakataukī (proverb) and karakia (incantation).
  • An understanding of whakapapa (genealogy), mātauranga (Māori knowledge) and tikanga (custom, protocol) that underpins tāngata (human body); whenua (land); waka (canoes); wai (water) and; moana (ocean) for Māori PE and health.
  • Communicated ideas in relation to a Māori community in a Māori PE and health context in a group.
  • Experiential understanding of course material through noho marae.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41