Toi Ako Webinar : Dr Jeremy Hapeta

Toi Ako Webinar : Dr Jeremy Hapeta

Cultural inclusion in NZ Rugby: Applying tikanga and mātauranga Māori in a sporting context

A case study of tikanga and mātauranga Māori applied in a sporting context: the Bay of Plenty Steamers.

As part of his PhD research, Dr Hapeta undertook research on cultural inclusion and Māori culture in NZ Rugby. The research looked at the impact upon wellbeing for Māori and Non Māori players.
This webinar will discuss the work and case study of the Bay of Plenty (Steamers) Rugby team, using examples such as mottos, mascots and players researching maunga within the Bay of Plenty rohe.


Physical Activity Lecturer, School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Massey University Albany Campus

Dr Jeremy Hapeta (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia, Ngāti Pareraukawa) is a firm believer in having a back-up plan B. Jeremy is a lecturer in Physical Education at the College of Health’s School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition. Despite a stint playing Rugby professionally in NZ and internationally, he always had a second passion that he could call upon. Jeremy is keen to support all of his students, but is particularly interested in raising the educational achievement of Māori and Pasifika tertiary students. He is currently completing his PhD candidature and also acts as the Māori cultural advisor for High Performance Squash New Zealand’s elite athletes as well.