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Jeremy William Hapeta

Senior Lecturer in Māori Physical Education, University of Otago

Dr Hapeta is a Senior Lecturer in Māori Physical Education and Hauora at University of Otago. Previously, he spent almost 15 years at Massey University and finsihed his last 2-years there with the Office of Research and Enterprise as their Research Development Advisor – Māori. A fully registered teacher, Jeremy has taught in Primary, Intermediate and Secondary (High) schools in NZ as well as in Italy. He also played top-level rugby in NZ and professionally in Japan and France. He also coached Rugby in Italy and NZ. His research interests include: Kaupapa Māori methodology, Indigenous Sport for Development; Team Culture; Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) and Games Sense pedagogy. He currently serves on two Academic Reference groups for Sport New Zealand.

Doctorate in Health (Sport and Exercise)
Masters in Education (2nd Class Honours)
Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Education
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)


  • –present
    Lecturer in Physical Education, Massey University


  • 2019 
    Massey University, Doctor of Philosophy