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Te Roopu Whakakaha Tinana - Physical Education Māori Association (PEMA)

Kia ora koutou katoa.

We are Te Roopu Whakakaha Tinana commonly known as the Physical Education Māori Association (PEMA) a student-led association. Our main objective is to encourage academic excellence of Māori Physical education students by increasing communication between students throughout the year levels.

With an emphasis on Tikanga Māori PEMA is guided by collective values about what it means to be a successful Māori in the School of Physical Education.

The Executive

Te Roopu Whakakaha Tinana

Co-Tumuaki (Co-President): Troy Ruhe
Co-Tumuaki (Co-President): Stacey Hopkins
Tumuaki Tuarua (Vice-President): Michaela Baker
Kaituhi (Secretary): Odessa O’Connell
Kaitiaki Putea (Treasurer): JT Taylor
Communications officer: Moana Ormsby
Culture and Education officer: Aprille Mincher
Social and Recreation officer: Shane Witehira

Māori Pre-graduation and the School Graduation

In May, as a sign of respect, PEMA will participate in the graduation of Māori PE students. At the Maori Pre-graduation ceremony and the PE graduates’ morning tea, PEMA will perform a waiata and the School haka. Unique to the School, the ‘Ko taku Mana Haka’ was choreographed by graduate Hamuera Maika.

Other PEMA events

During the rest of the year PEMA will look to run some exciting events including a PEMA Wānanga, inter roopu sports day, and facilitate Māori adopting healthy lifestyles by participating in Iron Māori and the Moro Half Marathon/Marathon events.

If you are interested in any of the activities or would like further information don’t hesitate to contact us.




Above Smithells Gymnasium


64 3 479 3879


PEMA, School of Physical Education Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago, P O Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand

Add us as a friend on Facebook or pop up to the PEMA office which is above Smithells gym

‘Ko te iwi te wairua o te waka, ko te waka te wairua o te iwi’
‘The people are the spirit of the canoe, the canoe is the spirit of the people’ ora Kia ora koutou katoa'