Kori Tinana: Traditional Māori beliefs, values & practices of physical activity

Traditional Māori physical activity is distinguished by a Māori cultural definition understood through mātauranga, with shared whakapapa to Atua, and practiced through tikanga. Despite a rich understanding and practice of Māori physical activity in a pre-European era, the violent colonial experience in Aotearoa has resulted in a dominant view of physical activity that marginalises Māori perspectives and approaches.

In this kōrero Te Miri discusses the findings of his Masters research that investigates the traditional Māori beliefs, values and practices of physical activity and their relevance today. He touches on the key themes that emerged through a kaupapa Māori analysis of interviews, pūrakau and whakataukī.

Join us to hear about what characterises Māori physical activity; the ways in which mātauranga informs the beliefs, values and practices of physical activity for Māori; and how these are relevant for Māori physical activity today.

About the Speaker

Te Miri Rangi shares whakapapa with Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Maniapoto. He has worked broadly across the Māori sport, recreation and health sectors from iwi-led organisations through to the public sector. Te Miri currently works in injury prevention for ACC, strengthening kaupapa Māori approaches and advancing opportunities to realise tino rangatiratanga for whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori.