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Outdoor Learning – a Maori Perspective

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre were delighted to recently present ‘ Outdoor Learning – a Maori Perspective’. This presentation and workshop by Dr J lhirangi Heke took place in October 2014.

Dr. Ihi Heke is a Maori Health and Physical Activity consultant from New Zealand.  Dr Heke is also a consultant to the New Zealand Academy of Sport and he believes it is time to reassess both physical education and outdoor education processes in New Zealand to include a much higher level of indigenous Maori related information. This presentation provided examples of environmentally based physical education, outdoor education and exercise psychology from an indigenous Maori perspective. Both pre-European and contemporary interpretations of the New Zealand environment will highlight the range of training opportunities that exist.

Dr Heke provided a fascinating insight into the Maori perspective on environmental stewardship and responsibility in outdoor sports and this was a great opportunity to gain from his knowledge and experience.

Dr Heke’s presentation.


Current situation

As you are probably aware the current advice from the Northern Ireland Executive, Health Promotion Agency NI and Health & Safety Executive NI, as well as our expert group within Sport NI is that we cannot deliver any face to face courses for our customers including use of the Hot Rock Climbing Wall.

We know that you and many others like minded folk are very keen to get back on track with your plans to attend and complete a range of personal skills training and qualifications in a range of disciplines.

Believe us when we say we are equally keen to get outside with you and help you reach your goals and complete that journey.

How do we know? Because every day we get emails and phone calls asking when will courses resume and with every NI Executive mention of easing of restrictions the emails and phone calls are more frequent……