Dr Isaac Warbrick

Senior Research Fellow

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 7591

Email: Isaac.warbrick@hotmail.com

Physical Address:

AUT University (Room MB224)
South Campus
640 Great South Rd
Manukau, Auckland 2025
New Zealand

Postal Address:
AUT University (Mail code M-2)
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

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PhD, BSc(Hons)


Dr Isaac Warbrick (Ngāti Te Ata, Te Arawa, Ngā Puhi) is an exercise physiologist, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research.  His past research has focused on the associations between insulin sensitivity (a measure of diabetes risk), body composition, and aerobic fitness, as well as mixed methods intervention studies looking at the impact of different modes of exercise training on health and well-being in Māori men. Much of his research is conducted at the interface between biomedical, lab-based, and indigenous approaches to research. Isaac is currently leading projects and collaborating with researchers in a variety of fields including exercise physiology, Māori health, epigenetics, men’s health, racism and health, and the use of traditional knowledge, such as the maramataka, on Māori health. His most recent publications have questioned whether ‘weight’ and ‘weight loss’ are appropriate ‘health’ measures for Māori, suggesting that outcome measures should better reflect cultural values.

Teaching Areas:

Exercise Physiology, Physical Activity and Well-being, Māori Health

Research Areas:

Exercise physiology, exercise and health, Māori men’s health, exercise and epigenetics, traditional health models, augmented reality and cultural reconnection

Research Summary:

Dr Warbrick’s research has focused on the impact of physical activity on the health and well-being of Māori with a particular focus on Māori men. Recent projects have looked at High intensity Interval Training (HIIT) specifically and the impact of this training, infused with cultural narratives and connections, on epigenetic aspects of health and the expression of genes associated with health and illness. Warbrick is also interested in the use of outcome measures based on Māori knowledge , and the use of innovative applications of traditional knowledge such as te maramataka. He is currently leading a project looking at the use of augmented reality for cultural reconnection with significant locations and how this can motivate lifestyle change.

Current Research Projects:

Short, sharp exercise for the health and well-being of Māori men
The impact of HIIT exercise on epigenetics of Māori men
How important is weight and weight-loss for Māori health
The use of Augmented Reality technology for blending cultural reconnection and physical activity

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Warbrick, I., Came, H., & Dickson, A. (2019). The shame of fat shaming in public health: Moving past racism to embrace indigenous solutions. Public Health, 176, 128-132. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2018.08.013

  • Warbrick, I., Wilson, D., & Griffith, D. (2018). Becoming active: more to exercise than weight loss for indigenous men. Ethnicity and Health, 1-16. doi:10.1080/13557858.2018.1456652

  • Gluchowski, A., Warbrick, I., Oldham, T., & Harris, N. (2018). I have a renewed enthusiasm for going to the gym’: What keeps resistance trained older adults coming back to the gym?. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 10(3), 333-345. doi:10.1080/2159676X.2018.1431305

  • Harris, N. K., Dulson, D. K., Logan, G. R. M., Warbrick, I. B., Merien, F. L. R., & Lubans, D. R. (2017). Acute responses to resistance and high-intensity interval training in early adolescents. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31(5). doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001590

  • Warbrick, I., Wilson, D., & Boulton, A. (2016). Provider, father, and bro – Sedentary Māori men and their thoughts on physical activity. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15(Feb). doi:10.1186/s12939-016-0313-0

  • Warbrick, I., Dickson, A., Prince, R., & Heke, I. (2015). The biopolitics of Māori biomass: Towards a new epistemology for Māori health in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Critical Public Health, 26(4). doi:10.1080/09581596.2015.1096013

  • Warbrick, I., Boulton, A., Stannard, S., & Cunningham, C. (2014). The use of exercise physiology in the advancement of Māori well-being: The application of Kaupapa in lab-based research. Mai Journal, 3(3). Retrieved from http://journal.mai.ac.nz/sites/default/files/MAI_Jrnl_3(3)_Warbrick02.pdf

Conference contributions

  • Warbrick, I. (2012). Why exercise? The motivations and perspectives of Māori men toward activity. In Tāne Ora National Conference 2012. Blenheim.


  • Berghan, G., Came, H., Cameron, K., Chenery, C., Goza, T., Mikahere-Hall, A., . . . Wilson, D. (2017). Committee on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination shadow report: Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Retrieved from http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/

Oral presentations


HRC Māori Postdoctoral Fellowship 2012
HRC Career Development Award: Doctoral scholarship 2006
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