Isaac Warbrick

Keynote Speaker

Dr Isaac Warbrick is of Ngāti Te Ata, Te Arawa, and Ngā Puhi descent, Māori tribes of New Zealand’s North Island. He is the director of Taupua Waiora Māori Health Research Centre at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Isaac’s background is in exercise physiology and the role of physical activity in improving Māori health and reducing health inequities. His current research focuses on applying kōrero tuku iho (Māori narratives and stories) as a driver and motivator for increasing physical activity, reconnecting with the natural environment, and improving health and well-being.

Isaac will be speaking about the role of Indigenous knowledge and stories in shifting the motivations for, and outcomes of physical activity, highlighting various Indigenous physical activity initiatives in New Zealand.