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Department of Medicine Seminar Series

Troy Ruhe, PhD Candidate

School of Physical Education; Sport and Exercise Sciences


Associate Professor Lynnette M Jones, School of Physical Education: Sport and Exercise Sciences
Faumuina Associate Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga, Division of Health Sciences
Professor Debra Waters, Departments of Medicine and Physiotherapy

The ‘Niu Movement’ – Engaging Pacific Peoples in Physical Activity

Health promotion strategies within Pacific Islands people need to be culturally responsive and appropriate. The ‘Niu Movement’ is an exercise program that was developed through extensive consultation with Pacific Islands communities in New Zealand and the Cook Islands. The program is a mixed modality, circuit-based exercise session which incorporates Cook Islands Ura (Dance) and traditional methods of food preparation for the resistance components.

The research followed the ‘Tivaivai Research Methodology’ which outlines the importance of community partnership within each step of the research process to inform best practice.

The ‘Niu Movement’ protocol is the first formally investigated physical activity program conducted within the Cook Islands; thus, the PhD research was to ascertain the acceptability and effectiveness of the program.

Troy Ruhe is a Health Research Council PhD scholarship recipient. He is a student within the School of Physical Education; Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Date Friday, 30 October 2020
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience All University,Allied health professionals
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentMedicine (Dunedin)
Location9th floor seminar room
CostNo cost
Contact NameAmanda Buchanan

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