1st Edition

Sport in Aotearoa New Zealand Contested Terrain

Edited By Damion Sturm, Roslyn Kerr Copyright 2022
    206 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    206 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This fascinating book investigates the sporting traditions, successes, systems, "terrains" and contemporary issues that underpin sport in New Zealand, also known by its Māori name of Aotearoa.

    The book unpacks some of the "cliches" around the place, prominence and impact of sport and recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand in order to better understand the country’s sporting history, cultures, institutions and systems, as well as the relationship between sport and different sections of society in the country. Exploring traditional sports such as rugby and cricket, indigenous Māori sport, outdoor recreation and contemporary lifestyle and adventure sports such as marching and parkour, the book examines the contested and conflicting societal, geographical and managerial issues facing contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand sport.

    Essential reading for anybody with a particular interest in sport in Aotearoa New Zealand, this book is also illuminating reading for anybody working in the sociology of sport, sport development, sport management, sport history or the wider history, politics and culture of Aotearoa New Zealand or the South Pacific.

    1          Introduction

                Roslyn Kerr and Damion Sturm 

    2          The Neoliberal Context and Conditions of New Zealand Sport

                Thomas Kavanagh and Robert E. Rinehart 

    3          Advertising, Branding and Corporate Nationalism: The Contested Terrain of the Aotearoa New Zealand All Blacks

                Steve Jackson and Damion Sturm

    4          British Traditions and New Frontiers for New Zealand Cricket

                Greg Ryan 

    5          Netball and the (Re)production of a Dominant Femininity: The Good Game for Kiwi Girls

                Amy Marfell 

    6          Māori (Indigenous) Knowledge in Sport and Wellbeing Contexts: “Tūturu Whakamaua Kia Tina!”

                Bevan Erueti, Farah Palmer, Angelique Reweti, Chrissy Severinsen and Jeremy Hapeta 

    7          Policy, Modernisation and the Politics of Sport Integrity

                Michael P. Sam and Timothy M. Dawbin 

    8          Symbolic Equality in Aotearoa New Zealand Sports Organisations

                Alida Shanks, Sarah Leberman, Sally Shaw and Geoff Watson 

    9          Sports Coaching, Education and Development: A Continually Contested Terrain

                Tania Cassidy 

    10        The Sporting Mythscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand

                Mark Falcous and Sebastian Potgieter 

    11        Global/Local Celebrity and National Sport Stardom: Examining Sonny Bill Williams, Brendon McCullum and Lydia Ko

                Damion Sturm and Koji Kobayashi 

    12        Outdoor Recreation in an Age of Disruption: Change, Challenge, and Opportunity

                Stephen Espiner, Emma J. Stewart and Megan Apse 

    13        Masculinities in Alternative Sports: Ultimate FrisbeeTM and Parkour

                Hamish Crocket, Richard Pringle and Damien Puddle 

    14        The Contribution of Positive Relationships to Girls Wellbeing in a New Zealand School Basketball Team

                Ricardo Milheiro Pimenta and Richard L. Light 

    15        The Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Active Ageing Through Participation in an Annual Sports Event: Marching Out of the Margins

                Trudie Walters and Richard Keith Wright


    Damion Sturm is Senior Lecturer in Sport Management at Massey University, New Zealand.

    Roslyn Kerr is Professor of Sociology of Sport and Dean of the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, at Lincoln University, New Zealand.

    "Sport in Aotearoa New Zealand: Contested Terrain is timely in its reminder that amongst the euphoria of success on international stages, and the pride of ‘punching above our weight on the international stage’, the success and benefits of sport in Aotearoa New Zealand are not evenly distributed."
    -Rod Philpot, idrottsforum.org