Physical Activity, Nutrition and the Outdoors department

The Physical Activity, Nutrition and the Outdoors department is part of sport and recreation at AUT.

AUT's outdoor education programme enables graduates to work in many fields, like teaching in schools, working in outdoor pursuit centres, as adventure tourism operators, or working in adventure tourism management.

Research in sport and recreation

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across sport and recreation.

More about our research

Industry associations

AUT has access to the following outdoor facilities to provide students with ‘hands-on’ learning and work experience.

  • MERC (Marine Education and Recreation Centre)
  • Tihoi Venture school

AUT community gardens

The AUT community gardens were founded in 2019 as part of the Lifestyle Nutrition course in the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation. Students completing the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Exercise Science and Nutrition were given the opportunity to immerse themselves in a collaborative, sustainable environment and grow their own food as part of the course.

Community  gardens website

Contact us

Matt Barker

Assoc Prof Scott Duncan
Head of Department
Physical Activity, Nutrition and the Outdoors
Phone:  +64 9 921 9999 ext 7678

scott.duncan@aut.ac.nz

News
Heat chamber
Dr Adam and Dr Dan
GoPA_Erica
Sustainable food
School sport on TV
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Heat chamber
Feeling the Tokyo Heat
15 Apr, 2021
Top Kiwi athletes training for the Olympics under AUT’s Professor Andrew Kilding and other sport scientists.
Dr Adam and Dr Dan
AUT expertise behind Emirates Team NZ
25 Mar, 2021
AUT researchers Dr Dan Plews and Dr Adam Storey played an integral part in the New Zealand syndicate’s resounding success in retaining the America's Cup.
GoPA_Erica
Analysis of Kiwis’ physical activity
10 Feb, 2021
A series of global report cards on physical activity shows New Zealanders increased their level of physical activity by six percent between 2015 and 2019.
Sustainable food
Students focus on sustainable food
27 Oct, 2020
Around 50 students within the School of Sport and Recreation spent Semester 1 thinking, writing and studying food and nutrition.
School sport on TV
School sport on TV takes a toll
29 Sep, 2020
A deal to televise and live stream more secondary school sports has attracted significant debate.
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