Toi Ako Webinar: Atua Wahine – Mana Wahine

Atua Wahine – Mana Wahine: Tracing the whakapapa of physical activity among Māori women in contemporary Aotearoa.

Tūpuna Māori were a strong and active people whose relationship with their natural environment was fundamental to their ability to adapt and flourish in challenging environments .

During this hour-long webinar, Deb shares her research which aims to present a mana-enhancing narrative giving voice to physically active wāhine Māori, (re)presenting their connection to, and activation of, mana inherited from ancestors.Deb’s aim is to explore the whakapapa of physical activity among a group of self-declared physically active Māori women. By identifying characteristics that relate to their ability to maintain physical activity, this study will ultimately weave those findings with pūrākau around atua [wāhine].If you are interested in kori tinana and mātauranga Māori, this is a webinar you won’t want to miss.

About Deb Heke
Deb Heke, of Ngāpuhi andTe Arawa descent, is a former Growing the Puna intern, having participated in the programme in the summer of 2016-17. Her professional background includes working in community mental health and the fitness industry. After completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health science, as well as a certificate in personal training and fitness instruction, Deb is now studying a Doctor of Philosophy in Māori health where her key focus is on physical activity and wāhine Māori.