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SPORT FOR SOCIAL CHANGE WITH AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND YOUTH

Jeremy Hapeta, Rochelle Stewart-Withers and Farah Palmer

Indigenous worldviews and scholarship are underrepresented and underdeveloped in sport for development. By adopting a Kaupapa Māori approach, a strengths-based stance, and working together with two plus-sport and sport-plus cases from provincial and national New Zealand rugby settings, the authors provide an illustration of Indigenous theory–practice. They argue sport for social change practices that focus on Indigenous peoples would be greatly improved if underpinned by the principles of perspective, privilege, politics, protection, and people.

AN EXAMINATION OF AN AOTEAROA PLUS-SPORT EDUCATION FOCUSED NGO USING LIVELIHOODS THINKING

Rochelle Stewart-Withers, Jeremy Hapeta

For many Indigenous populations in the global North, realising their fullest potential thorough mainstream education is mired with difficulties, and this has had serious implications for employability and livelihoods creation. This paper presents research undertaken in Aotearoa/New Zealand (NZ) where the Taranaki Rugby Football Union (TRFU) has partnered with local education provider Feats to establish the Māori and Pasifika Rugby Academy (MPRA). The purpose of the partnership is to provide an alternative education pathway to increase livelihoods opportunities.

A KAUPAPA MĀORI, CULTURALLY PROGRESSIVE NARRATIVE REVIEW OF LITERATURE ON SPORT, ETHNICITY AND INCLUSION

Jeremy Hapeta, Farah Palmer, Yusuke Kuroda, Gary Hermansson

This Kaupapa Māori narrative review identifies themes in literature concerning sport, ethnicity and inclusion, from an indigenous ‘culturally progressive’ perspective.

RUGBY UNION DRIVEN MIGRATION AS A MEANS FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS CREATION: A CASE STUDY OF ITAUKEI, INDIGENOUS FIJIANS

Rochelle Stewart-Withers, Koli Sewabu, Sam Richardson

Due to their sporting potential, young Fijian rugby athletes have become a highly sought-after sport migrant group. This paper asks: What is the potential development impact of rugby-generated remittances for iTaukei, indigenous Fijian families, and what are some of the challenges athletes and/or their families face ensuring any gains make a difference in the longer term?

CULTURAL IDENTITY, LEADERSHIP AND WELL-BEING: HOW INDIGENOUS STORYTELLING CONTRIBUTED TO WELL-BEING IN A NEW ZEALAND PROVINCIAL RUGBY TEAM

Jeremy Hapeta, Farah Palmer, Yusuke Kuroda

The study utilised a Kaupapa Māori case study approach and indigenous forms of storytelling (pūrākau, whakataukī) to encourage participants to share their narratives and experiences of how the inclusion of Māori knowledge in a team context influenced their sense of identity and leadership and thus well-being on and off the field.

TALANOA: A CONTEMPORARY QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGY FOR SPORT MANAGEMENT

Rochelle Stewart-Withers, Koli Sewabu, Sam Richardson

In an interconnected world, and with cultural diversity ever present, there is growing recognition in sport management for the need to understand such diversity alongside the desire for more inclusive organisations and processes. Those undertaking research in differing cultural settings often look to find a research approach which marries with the cultural context. The authors argue the importance of talanoa as a culturally-appropriate contemporary qualitative research approach when working with Pasifika people or Pasifika issues.