OUR PEOPLE

Together the researchers on this project have an extensive background in research focusing on Sport For Development in Indigenous communities across Oceania

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ROCHELLE STEWART-WITHERS

Te Āti Awa

Prior to academia Rochelle was a Registered Nurse for 16 years, holding a number of senior clinical, leadership and advisory positions at the DHB and Ministry of Health levels. She continues to sit on the national board of the NZ Mental Health Foundation. It was Rochelle's nursing background and time spent in developing countries, alongside her growing interest in the development industry and humanitarian space, which saw her move from nursing to Development Studies. In 2007 she completed a PhD in Development Studies with Massey University.

Rochelle has two clear threads to her research platform. The first thread investigates the way sport is used in developing countries, and with Indigenous populations, to achieve social and economic goals and bring about social justice. The second thread relates to how scholars do research and this can be seen through her outputs on fieldwork, methodology and ethics. 

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FARAH PALMER

Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato

Farah has a particular research interest in race, gender and leadership issues in sport management. Her most recent publications have focused on Elite Maori athletes and their cultural identities in sport, the leadership and organisational culture of the All Blacks, Black Ferns, and Maori All Blacks, Maori women's experiences in sport management, and the involvement of mothers in elite sport as leaders and athletes.


For 10 years Farah captained the New Zealand women's rugby team (Black Ferns), and since retiring in 2006 she has been a Professional Development Manager for the Manawatu Rugby Union, an independent member of the Maori Rugby Board, member of the Women's Advisory Committee for the International Rugby Board (IRB), and research consultant for the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU). Farah is also the Director of Te Au Rangahau (Maori Business & Leadership Centre) and an associate of Te Mata o te Tau (Academy for Maori Research and Scholarship at Massey University).

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DR JEREMY HAPETA

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia

Jeremy is a senior lecturer in Maori physical education at Otage University, and is part of the Research Impact & Innovation teams at the Office of Research & Enterprise. Jeremy has a background in rugby, playing professionally both in New Zealand and internationally (Japan, France, Italy) but also has a passion for teaching. 

Currently, Jeremy is overseeing the Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund & doing Kaupapa Māori related research on Indigenous Sport for Development (SFD) & Sport for Reconciliation in Canada, Australia & Aotearoa (NZ). 

 
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JAMIE OGILVEY

Jamie Ogilvey is  Phd Candidate

She is a Māori woman whose iwi connections are Ngai Tai ki Tamaki raua ko Te Aiatanga a Maahaki.


Her interest in development sparks from her passion for the sport and exercise science field and the development of young female athletes. She has been involved in the development of sport at all levels from grassroots to regional and national levels. Jamie recently completed a Master of International Development focusing on women’s weightlifting in Aotearoa: A Mana Wāhine Empowerment Analysis.

 
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PATRICIA BIBI

Patricia is an indigenous Fijian woman from the province of Cakaudrove. Her interest in development sprung to life when a book by Massey's Prof Regina Schevynes - Tourism for Development: Empowering Communities. The impact of that book led her to adapt one of Regina's empowerment frameworks for her Masters degree, which focused on tourism, indigenous women and empowerment at Southern Cross University, Australia, 2017.


Patricia is a recipient of the New Zealand Royal Marsden Grant to pursue her PhD studies. Her research is guided by the project's Our game by our rules: Bringing an Indigenous perspective to the Sport-for-Development (SFD) field study. Patricia is passionate about indigenous peoples and their voices, development, and gender and empowerment.