9 Jun 2010

Culture and tribal history being used to promote exercise

9:02 am on 9 June 2010

A Maori sports psychologist is using culture and tribal history to encourage exercise among rangatahi.

Irirangi Heke from Otago University's school of physical education has been trying out his ideas at Tolaga Bay Area School on the East Coast.

He told Waatea News that young people need something to grab their attention and turn them away from computer games and towards physical activity.

Dr Heke said he's talking with the Ministry of Health about how to develop his kaupapa Maori approach to fitness.