Dr. Ihirangi Heke

Waikato / Tainui, NZ [Health and Physical education consultant. PG DipSci Environmental Management, M.Ed, Ph.D.]

Workshop title: "Ancient Maori Environmental Information"

During this workshop we will discuss traditional M?ori environmental knowledge including some examples of whakapapa rationale for certain types of environment. An explanation will be provided for a new environmental programme called the Atua Matua Environmental Framework. Some examples of formats being used within this approach will be shown, including Google Earth, 360 degree multimedia and virtual tours. The incidental aspects of youth obesity being addressed through the pursuit of environmental platform will also be discussed.

Personal Bios: Dr. Ihi Heke is currently a health & physical education consultant working with Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), University of Auckland and the New Zealand Ministries of Education and Health. Dr Heke previously held roles at the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago and Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia. Dr Heke is also a sport psychology consultant to New Zealand Sport, a swim coach and a motocross and mountain bike specialist. Dr Heke recently wrote the Atua Matua M?ori Environmental Framework that has been gaining recognition globally in locations such as Ireland, Canada and the US. Dr Heke is a strong supporter of mountain and river connections that can be converted into traditional physical activity and training opportunities suggesting that gains in health

Dr. Ihirangi Heke