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Sport means 'family and church': sport in New Zealand Pasifika communities

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posted on 2020-08-20, 01:25 authored by Barrie Gordon, P Sauni, C Tuagalu
This study was conducted to gain a better understanding of the role that sport plays in New Zealand Pasifika communities. Eight focus groups and six key individuals were interviewed using a Talanoa approach. Spirituality, family and friends, the developing of life skills, fitness and health, and the release of aggression were all seen as important outcomes from participation in sport. Sport was conceptualised in a variety of ways by those interviewed. These differing conceptualisations of sport, many of which differed markedly from the traditional viewpoint, have ramifications for those working and researching in this area. While participants' experiences of sport were predominately positive, sport was also seen in a negative light by others. The negativity of some towards sport also suggests the need to consider reframing, reducing, or possibly replacing sport with alternatives when looking to promote physical activity. © 2013 Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

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Gordon, B., Sauni, P. & Tuagalu, C. (2013). Sport means 'family and church': sport in New Zealand Pasifika communities. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 4(1), 49-63. https://doi.org/10.1080/18377122.2013.760427

Journal title

Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education

Volume

4

Issue

1

Publication date

2013-01-01

Pagination

49-63

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

ISSN

1837-7122

eISSN

1837-7130

Language

en

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