Maria Hyde-Smith

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7317


Physical Address:
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
North Shore City
Postal Address:
Mail No. A-25
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


  • MPhil (hons) Auck.UT
  • Post Grad Dip Health Science Auck. UT
  • Dip Tertiary Teaching
  • Advanced Massage/ Sport Massage
  • ISAK Certificate Anthropometry

Memberships and Affiliations:

Australisian Spa Association

International Spa Association

Asia Pacific Spa Wellness Council


Maria’s professional background includes working at some of the UK’s leading spa and health facilities. She practiced as a spa and massage therapist before moving into an educational role within the same field. After moving to New Zealand she managed and taught at as variety of training establishments before joining AUT in 1999.

Teaching Areas:

Maria lectures for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in the area of wellness. She also lectures for the School of Hospitality & Tourism in the area of spa and wellness tourism.

    Research Areas:

    Maria retains an active involvement in spa/ wellness by contributing to industry working groups. Her research interests focuses on industry training needs, the connection of the spa wellness sector to tourism. Additionally Maria focuses on wellness research in relation to health care practices.

    Research Summary:

    The Wellness Spa: Construct Definition And Performance Evaluation(2013) Keynote speaker at ASPA Conference, QT Hotel Gold Coast, Australia.

    Master Of Philosophy Thesis. The Wellness Spa: Construct Definition And Performance Evaluation (2012).

    Planning A New Creative Spa Experience: Linking Products And Service To Your Market (2011). Keynote speaker  with Dr. John Hull– 1st Bali Spa & Wellness Conference, Bali.

    Benchmarking The Wellness Spa Industry (2011). Presenter at New Zealand Hospitality & Tourism Research Conference, AUT, Auckland.

    Sustainability, Eco-Labelling And The Spa Industry (2009). Presenter with Dickson, G. at ASPA Seminar, Auckland (2009).

    Eco-Labelling And Spa Wellness Tourism. Presenter at New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, AUT.

    Examination Of Service Quality In A Wellbeing Training Centre 2005). Co Author. Presented at Australia New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies Conference, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand.

    Education Of Spa And Beauty Practitioners In The Context Of Health Disciplines (2002). Co presented with Shaw, S.,M., & Power, N.L. The International Spa Association (ISPA) International Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand.


    Wellness Tourism. In Robinson, P. M. Luck & S. L. Smith, (2013), Tourism. Cabi: Wallingford. Author with Dr. John Hull. Book Chapter/ Section.

    Te Aroha: A Wellness Tourism Case Study. Health & Wellness Tourism (2nd Ed.). In M. Smith, & L. Puczko, (2013). Health & Wellness Tourism. Oxford, England; Elsevier. Book Chapter/ Section. Author with Dr. John Hull.

    Spa Industry Education Report (2011). Spa Australasia (47), 47-57.

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