Sport and recreation news

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15 Mar, 2019

Adjunct Professor David Howman

Adjunct Professor on ethics commission

Sport and recreation
08 Mar, 2019

Preparing athletes for success

Preparing athletes for success

Sport and recreation
25 Jan, 2019

Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion

Celebrating AUT through the years

21 Jan, 2019

Over 50 of our oldest alumni came together for the 2018 Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion hosted by the alumni office.

Balls and rackets on AstroTurf

AUT number one for sport science in NZ

Sport and recreation
26 Oct, 2018

Professor Erica Hinckson

Five questions: Professor Erica Hinckson

Sport and recreation
21 Sep, 2018


Women in sports: double standards a double fault

20 Sep, 2018

Naomi Osaka has made history as the first Japanese woman to claim a Grand Slam singles title after defeating Serena Williams in the final of the US Open

Balls and rackets on AstroTurf

Sports scientists gathering at AUT

Sport and recreation
06 Sep, 2018


Global ethics award for anti-doping work

Sport and recreation
03 Jul, 2018

David Howman, former WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) director and AUT adjunct professor has been conferred with the Ethics in Sports Award.


Young players are hiding sports injuries, putting themselves at risk

Sport and recreation
07 Jun, 2018

A study on coach and player attitudes to injury in youth sport shows hiding or playing down an injury is common among 11 to 18 year olds.

From studying to gaining an internship at the SKYCITY Breakers and securing a role at 2degrees

Internship fosters passion for events

Sport and recreation
22 May, 2018

From studying to gaining an internship at the SKYCITY Breakers and securing a role at 2degrees – AUT alumna Maddy Elgar took advantage of any opportunity.

Grant Schofield and the sugar conspiracy

The Sugar Conspiracy

Sport and recreation
16 May, 2018

Experts advocate plan to reverse type 2 diabetes epidemic within three years.

Claudia Raven running a half-marathon

21 half marathons before 21

Sport and recreation
27 Apr, 2018

A Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT scholarship student has achieved an incredible feat of running 21 half marathons before her 21st birthday.

Professor Grant Schofield, Dr Caryn Zinn and chef Craig Rodger

New book sheds light on fasting

20 Apr, 2018

We’re fatter and sicker than ever before – and according to a new book, the answer to this modern scourge could lie in the age-old practice of fasting.

Mark Orams_YBE

Kermadec voyage rallies student environmentalists

Sport and recreation
22 Mar, 2018

Earlier this month a unique envoy of 20 student voyagers and 23 crew members travelled to the Kermadec Islands aboard HMNZS Canterbury.

PhD student Ashley Gluchowski explores strength training for older adults

Turning research into action

Sport and recreation
07 Mar, 2018

For her PhD research, doctoral student Ashley Gluchowski is investigating strength training for older adults, based at AUT Millennium.

AUT increases presence in QS subject rankings

AUT increases presence in QS subject rankings

01 Mar, 2018

New global rankings show AUT now has 13 subjects ranked, with two of them featuring in the top 50 in the world.

David Howman

New partnership to tackle corruption in sport

Sport and recreation
22 Nov, 2017

AUT has appointed David Howman as an adjunct professor within the School of Sport & Recreation.

 Skycity Breakers announce partnership with AUT

Skycity Breakers announce partnership with AUT

Sport and recreation
06 Nov, 2017

The SKYCITY Breakers have launched an official relationship with education provider Auckland University of Technology (AUT), in a multi-faceted partnership that sees both parties benefit year-round.

Radilaite Cammock

Māori and Pacific Early Career Academic Programme

02 Sep, 2017

A new generation of Māori and Pacific lecturers is taking up residence at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

The 2018 Early Career Academic Programme offers up to six Māori and Pacific scholars their first, full-time, permanent appointments as research-active lecturers.


AUT student joins world's young volunteer leaders in Russia

Sport and recreation
18 Jul, 2017

A trip to Russia has given an AUT Sport and Recreation student a new understanding of the global demand for volunteers.


Working together for healthy communities

09 Jun, 2017

Professor Elaine Rush is calling for the food industry and healthy eating campaigners to work together to create a healthier South Auckland.


AUT student volunteers her way to Russia

Sport and recreation
11 Apr, 2017

An AUT Sport and Recreation student will represent New Zealand at an international volunteering forum taking place in Russia later this year.


AUT Millennium to mark 15 years of success

Sport and recreation
07 Apr, 2017

On Tuesday 11 April 2017, AUT Millennium will mark its 15 year anniversary as a centre for excellence in community health, wellness, research and education and sport.


AUT rugby health research goes global

Sport and recreation
10 Mar, 2017

Investigations into the long-term health of rugby players have been boosted this week by the launch of a Global Rugby Health Research Programme. The programme consists of studies in New Zealand, the UK, Canada and Australia, making it the first of its kind and adding a valuable international perspective to the important issue of player health.

Searching for new ways in sport management

Searching for new ways in sport management

Sport and recreation
15 Dec, 2016

The estimated value of the sport and recreation sector to the New Zealand economy is $4.9 billion per annum. Making difficult decisions within the complex landscape of this industry is a fundamental role of sport management.

AUT awards top accolade to global sports performance expert

AUT awards top accolade to global sports performance expert

Sport and recreation
02 Nov, 2016

One of the world’s leading sports performance experts, Professor Patria Hume, was last night announced as this year’s recipient of AUT’s University Medal, for her outstanding contribution to research.

Final mayoral debate delves into Auckland sport and recreation issues

Final mayoral debate delves into Auckland sport and recreation issues

Sport and recreation
07 Oct, 2016

Six contenders for Auckland Mayor gathered at AUT North Campus on Tuesday 4 October 2016 for the final mayoral debate of the election campaign. The debate focused on sport and recreation, and was hosted by Aktive Auckland and AUT.

AUT Professor honoured for contribution to sport research

AUT Professor honoured for contribution to sport research

Sport and recreation
12 Aug, 2016

AUT Professor of Strength and Conditioning, Michael McGuigan, has been named 2016 William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year.

Budding rugby star receives 2016 AUT-Ponsonby Rugby Club scholarship

Budding rugby star receives 2016 AUT-Ponsonby Rugby Club scholarship

Sport and recreation
02 Jun, 2016

Auckland University of Technology has partnered with Ponsonby Rugby Club through a new annual fee-paying scholarship to support the educational development of some of New Zealand’s talented young rugby players.


Elite hall of fame welcomes AUT academic

Sport and recreation
17 Nov, 2015

AUT Associate Professor, Erica Hinckson, has been inducted into the University of California, San Diego’s  (UCSD’s) Athletics Hall of Fame. The former UCSD student was recognised for her significant achievements in track and field, and her exceptional contribution to the heritage of UCSD Athletics.


Dark side to pounding the pavement

Sport and recreation
23 Jun, 2015

By Kelly Sheerin – Manager of the Running and Cycling Clinic, an AUT Sports Performance Clinic based at AUT Millennium.


Sport as a tool for social change - South Campus sport development ‘Think Tank’

23 Jun, 2015

Local Manukau sport industry influencers gathered at the AUT South campus in Manukau recently to discuss how sports can be used as a tool for social change and development in South Auckland.


AUT University’s South Campus hosts Northern Mystics and AUT Netball Schools Clinic

Sport and recreation
13 Jun, 2014

Players from the Northern Mystics Netball Team, AUT University (AUT) sport and recreation lecturers and students recently took part in a schools netball clinic organised by AUT’s South Campus.

Research explores the legacy of RWC 2011 volunteering

Research explores the legacy of RWC 2011 volunteering

05 Dec, 2013

Many Rugby World Cup 2011 volunteers delivered on their intentions to do more volunteer work after an outstanding experience with the event, a longitudinal study has found.

World champions win at AUT sport awards

World champions win at AUT sport awards

Sport and recreation
14 Oct, 2013

Two world champion Rugby Sevens players and a NZ touch rugby representative have taken the major awards at AUT’s annual Blues Awards. Recognising sporting excellence, the Blues awards were presented to 78 students at a formal dinner on Friday 11 October at the Sir Paul Reeves building in Auckland’s city campus.

SPRINZ help Emirates Team NZ with fitness goals

SPRINZ help Emirates Team NZ with fitness goals

Sport and recreation
19 Aug, 2013

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation student Hubert Woroniecki is in San Francisco to help Emirates Team New Zealand bring back the America’s Cup.

After helping the team with a specific research project as part of his third year placement at AUT’s Sport Performance Research in New Zealand (SPRINZ), Woroniecki is now considered a team member says Emirates Team NZ physical trainer David Slyfield.

Ground-breaking moment at AUT Millennium

Ground-breaking moment at AUT Millennium

Sport and recreation
21 Feb, 2013

Minister of Sport Murray McCully said last Wednesday was a very important day for the Government at the official commencement of construction of the National Aquatic Centre at AUT Millennium.

Pole position at Mission Bay

Pole position at Mission Bay

Sport and recreation
24 Jan, 2013

Olympic athletes will be competing alongside frisbee throwers and dog walkers this Saturday 5.30pm at Mission Bay Beach. Olympic decathlete and former AUT student Brent Newdick, who placed 12th at last year’s London Olympics, will be the star attraction when the Summer Vault pole vault competition continues this weekend.

Surf science

Surf science

Sport and recreation
20 Jan, 2013

Top surfers have a reputation for being laid-back beachgoers who spend most of their time lying on the sand.


Lecturer of the year wins bodybuilding gold

Sport and recreation
30 Nov, 2012

Ruth Naidoo has had a big couple of weeks. The SPRINZ staff member based at AUT Millennium won two world bodybuilding titles in Reno, Nevada and then took out lecturer of the year at the New Zealand Fitness Awards on Saturday night.


Buck fronts rugby study

Sport and recreation
24 Nov, 2012

A team of sports medicine experts have done what the All Blacks selectors refused to do and have brought back Buck.


All Black hosts free event at North Shore Campus

Sport and recreation
21 Nov, 2012

All Black great Buck Shelford will be at North Shore campus next week telling Kiwi men to stop being so staunch. Coinciding with the end of Movember, the former All Black captain will be at AUT 27 November to discuss how men can live longer, healthier lives.


Royals draw big crowd

Sport and recreation
13 Nov, 2012

Prince Charles met some of New Zealand’s top athletes and an enthusiastic crowd at AUT Millennium on Monday 12 November.   Elbows and shoulders were being used by some to catch a glimpse of the future King of New Zealand and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles.


Child's play helps combat obesity

09 Nov, 2012

Research published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal suggests children can benefit more from active play compared to structured exercise.


Prince Charles to visit AUT Millennium

Sport and recreation
08 Nov, 2012

The first in line to the British throne and future New Zealand Head of State will be at AUT Millennium on Monday 12 November to meet top Kiwi athletes and AUT sport scientists.


World record at AUT Millennium open day

Sport and recreation
06 Nov, 2012

Olympic champion Danyon Loader was part of a team that beat a swimming world record at the ActivePost  open day at AUT Millennium on Sunday 4 November. The 1996 double Olympic gold medalist in the 200m and 400m freestyle helped the North Shore Swimming Club to smash the world record for the 100 x 25 metres. The club, anchored by Olympian Lauren Boyle, recorded a time of 21minutes 22 seconds which is more than eight minutes quicker than the previous mark set by Swedish club Kristianstad SLS in 1992.


Olympian wins Blues Award

Sport and recreation
26 Oct, 2012

Bachelor of Arts student and Football Ferns star Annalie Longo was the big winner at the AUT Blues Awards last week. Held at the North Shore Campus on Wednesday 17 October, the Blues Awards is a celebration of AUT students’ sporting achievements. And with many students representing New Zealand in a variety of sports all over the world, picking the winners was not easy.


Experts call for action on child obesity

Sport and recreation
25 Oct, 2012

Former prime minster Jenny Shipley said the public had to be taken along in the battle against child obesity during a conference held in Auckland from 18-20 October.


Bolting into AUT Millennium

Sport and recreation
15 Oct, 2012

The fastest runner of all time will be at AUT Millennium this afternoon to coach some of New Zealand’s best sprinters.


Bolt from the blue

Sport and recreation
15 Oct, 2012

The fastest runner on the planet told assembled journalists at AUT Millennium that he will be defending his 100m and 200m Olympic titles in four years.


AUT sport labs open day

Sport and recreation
21 Sep, 2012

On Auckland’s North Shore is one of the top three sport facilities of its kind in the world. That was how Dr Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, described AUT Millennium at an official opening late last year.
The public has an opportunity to see the SPRINZ Clinics in action and get a better understanding of how they too can benefit from the world-class facility at an open day this Saturday.


Graduate's golden goal

Sport and recreation
14 Aug, 2012

AUT graduate Cameron Leslie is preparing to defend his Paralympic title at this year’s London Paralympics in the 150 metre individual medley.


IRB study of sports injuries

Sport and recreation
03 Aug, 2012

AUT’s Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) are joining forces with other experts from around the world in an effort to better understand the long-term physical and psychological effects of rugby injuries.


PM opens AUT’s new campus

Sport and recreation
03 Jun, 2012

Prime Minister John Key confirmed his commitment to sport science at the official opening of the AUT Millennium Campus on Friday 29 June.


Professor heading to London as Olympic coach

Sport and recreation
03 May, 2012

An AUT University professor has been named as a coach in the London 2012 New Zealand Olympic Sailing Team.

body composition archive in clinic

AUT leads world body composition archive

Sport and recreation
09 Apr, 2012

A new clinic at AUT Millennium Campus will lead a unique global network of anthropometrists providing data enabling elite athletes to know more about their body composition than ever before.

The J.E. Lindsay Carter Kinanthropometry Clinic (JELC) and Archive was officially opened at the SPRINZ laboratory Friday 30 March by Professor Lindsay Carter from San Diego University.


How to motivate world champs

Sport and recreation
23 Nov, 2011

All Blacks strength and conditioning coach, Dr Nic Gill, explained to delegates at an AUT conference that motivation was not a major challenge for the recently crowned World Champions.


Top inventor a big HIT

Sport and recreation
07 Nov, 2011

The 2007 winner of TIME magazine Inventor of the Year was a speaker at the Sport Kinesiology, Injury Prevention and Performance Seminar held at the AUT Millennium Campus on Thursday 20 October.


IOC president opens training centre at AUT Millennium Campus

Sport and recreation
21 Oct, 2011

IOC President Dr Jacques Rogge and the Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon. Murray McCully will open the National Training Centre for high performance athletes at AUT Millennium Campus today Friday, 21 October, 2011.


Hockey player and Paralympian take out AUT’s top sport awards

19 Oct, 2011

AUT University’s best sportsmen and women were recognised on Friday 14 October at the annual Blues Awards at the North Shore Campus. A total of 46 Blues Awards were presented on the night with the calibre of recipients reflected in the night’s big winners.

Success of Project Energize confirmed

Success of Project Energize confirmed

Sport and recreation
27 Jul, 2011

AUT research, led by Professor of Nutrition, Elaine Rush, indicates thousands of Waikato school children are fitter and healthier as a result of a regional health programme.

AUT Bachelor of Dance students will perform award-winning works at Showcase 2009

Award-winning performances in Showcase 2009

Sport and recreation
30 Oct, 2009

Showcase '09 will see AUT’s third-year Bachelor of Dance students performing the award-winning 'Dancing with Difference' which took first prize at this year's 'Viva Eclectika' competition.

AUT's Brent Newdick competing in the 2006 Commonwealth Games

Football Ferns, Blacksticks, Olympians among AUT University’s top sports stars

Sport and recreation
13 Oct, 2009

AUT University’s best athletes were recognised at the 2009 AUT Sports Awards on Friday October 2 with Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year going to gymnast Patrick Peng and footballer Hayley Moorwood.

Bruce Meyer, sport development manager at AUT says that these two awards take into account academic and athletic performance and the students’ contribution to AUT’s sports and community.

Dr Ken Quarrie

Kiwi research finds tackling key to injury for rugby players

Sport and recreation
24 Aug, 2009

The tackle is the most dangerous facet of play in rugby union, accounting for up to 58 percent of all game-related injuries, according to research carried out by AUT University PhD researcher Ken Quarrie in conjunction with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and ACC.