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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


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Preventive and Social Medicine (Dunedin)
Dr Robin Quigg


Parks are a largely westernised concept, reflecting the industrial revolution distinction between work and leisure, with the parks the result of colonisation, space taken from indigenous cultures. They are not innocuous features of the landscape especially in cities, but result from colonialist intervention, and have culturally specific dimensions. However, urban parks are often cited as health-saving spaces, such as supporting sustainable goals and enhancing mental well-being, as well as facilitating or increasing physical activity levels of a population. There appears to be little consideration of when parks were not parks, but were indigenous spaces, and where they fit now as real and physical reminders of possibly a traumatic land appropriate process following the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Students are sought to investigate this topic. Research methods could be to review historical documents and Waitangi Tribunal records and reports to find records of urban park creation. One or several rohe, or Tribunal claim(s), can be prioritised in consultation with the student.


Dr Robin Quigg
Tel +64 3 479 9041

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