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Jeremy Hapeta imageBEd MEd PhD(Massey)

Senior Lecturer – Māori Physical Education
Tel +64 21 228 2794
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Jeremy is a Senior lecturer in Māori physical education and health at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences. Previously, he spent over 14 years at Massey University in various roles, including a lecturer as well as the Māori Research Development Advisor at Massey's Office of Research and Enterprise. Jeremy has a background in rugby both as a player (NZ, Japan, France) and as a coach (Italy, NZ) but prior to this, he also taught at Primary School, Intermediate and High School as a Health and PE teacher before becoming an academic.


  • SPEX 206Te Pū o te Ora Māori Physical Education Health


Currently, Jeremy is working on a Marsden fund research grant that explores Kaupapa Māori related research on Indigenous Sport for Development (SFD).

He is also an International collaborator on a SSHRC (Canada) funded grant that focuses on Sport for Reconciliation in Canada, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Previously, in his Māori Research Development Advisor role, Jeremy oversaw the Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund (VCMF) administered by MBIE.

Postgraduate students


  • Petra Baker (Master's)
  • Tania Bailey (Master's)
  • Apirangi Pewhairangi (Master's)


  • Michelle Greene (PhD dissertation)


Fyall, G., Cowan, J., Bennett, B., Hapeta, J., & Walters, S. (2023). “Lightbulb moments”: The (re)conceptualization of coach development in Aotearoa, New Zealand. International Sport Coaching Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1123/iscj.2022-0067

Jackson, A.-M., Cunningham, C., Poa, D., Phillips, C., & Hapeta, J. (Eds.). (2023). MAI Journal, 12(1) [Special Issue: Tēnei tātou Te Koronga Māori research excellence] doi: 10.20507/MAIJournal.2023.12.1.10. [Guest Editors].

Johanis-Bell, L., Giles, A. R., & Hapeta, J. (2023). Reconciliation within the National Rugby League: Where art and sport intersect. Sport in Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2023.2170229

Bennie, A., Hapeta, J., Henhawk, D., & Giles, A. R. (2023). Addressing the needs of indigenous children? Coach education programs in Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australia. In M. Toms & R. Jeanes (Eds.), Routledge handbook of coaching children in sport. (pp. 345-355). New York, NY: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003199359-38

Hapeta, J., Morgan, H., Stewart-Withers, R., & Kuiti, K. (2023). Applying Kaupapa Māori principles to positive youth development. In H. Morgan & A. Parker (Eds.), Sport, physical activity and criminal justice: Politics, policy and practice. (pp. 109-123). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003207788

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