Research in sport and recreation

Ranked in the top 39 in the world, AUT is globally known for its leading sport and exercise science research. Our research covers sport and activity-related areas, as well as performance, nutrition, coaching and human potential.

We're proud to be the home of New Zealand's top sport and fitness facility, AUT Millennium, and the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) is New Zealand’s number one sports research institute.

AUT Millennium

Our researchers work on key national projects at AUT Millennium, our world-class sports training and research facility in Mairangi Bay.

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Explore our research expertise

AUT's academic supervisors are recognised world-class researchers who have the expert knowledge to guide you throughout your studies.

If you’re interested in applying to a PhD or MPhil, email doctoral.and.mphil.admissions@aut.ac.nz first to assess your eligibility for the programme.

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Mastering delivery of nutrition skills
13 Apr, 2022
Master of Sport, Exercise and Health student Olivia Malamatenios (Ngāpuhi) always aimed to work in health promotion and inspire healthier lifestyles.
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Rural communities grow top athletes
07 Apr, 2022
Research on elite New Zealand hockey players from small-town and rural areas has produced new evidence on what can help make a top athlete.
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5 questions with Lefaoali’i Dion Enari
07 Apr, 2022
We asked him five questions about his research and the importance of placing sustainability at the heart of research activity.
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Distance - the key to active transport
23 Mar, 2022
Distance is the strongest determining factor for how teenagers feel about walking or cycling to school according to new research.
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Leaps of discovery in sports research
08 Feb, 2022
Imagine analysing the way a person hopped could help predict and improve their sprint performance. That is what AUT PhD candidate Ant Sharp is exploring.
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Teigan Bond
Erika Ikeda
Wataru Hiramatsu
Chloe McKenzie

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