Sport, Recreation and Massage

Prepare for a career in the recreation, sport or fitness industries with study at EIT. EIT’s Recreation & Sport programmes are designed for people aiming to become highly qualified professionals in recreation, sport & exercise science, sport coaching, sport/leisure management & leaders in the health and fitness industry.

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Diploma in Therapeutic and Sport Massage

When you’ve graduated with a Diploma in Therapeutic and Sport Massage you’ll be qualified to work with people to soothe their tired and aching bodies, help maintain their level of wellbeing, and keep them in optimum fitness.

During this massage course you’ll also learn how the human body is structured and how it functions. You’ll find out how to bring pain relief, reduce stress, rehabilitate injuries or simply relax your clients.

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Paula Hatten, Certificate in Sport & Health Massage Graduate

EIT Tairawhiti graduate receives the Gisborne Citizens Civic Award merit certificate in acknowledgement of the many hours of time and talent given to help survivors and those with terminal illness.

Hatten trained with EIT tutor Nancy Kahalewai, a pioneer in the industry who has been internationally applauded for her work. Kahalewai had high praise for her student.

“Paula is so professional and willing to give,” she says. “It’s great that she has been recognised like this.”

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Dr Shona Thompson

Since 2008 I have taught in the Master of Nursing programme on the basis of my expertise in qualitative research methods and my experience supervising graduate students. Since then my research has focused on nursing practice and the assessment of health care and related programmes. This has resulted in a number of publications relevant to New Zealand and international nursing.  I also lead research teams across health and social sciences.

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Services to the Public

The Massage Therapy Clinic is open Wednesday and Fridays throughout the academic year. For bookings call 06 974 8000, Linda ext 5406 or Di ext 5536 or email or

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EIT Sport Science Services at Pettigrew Green Arena offers a range of testing and training services for all athletes to enhance their training and performance.

All Staff are highly qualified & experienced in their field of interest. They are closely linked with New Zealand Academy of Sport and work with athletes from novice to elite.

For bookings call 06 974 8000, Linda ext 5406 or Di ext 5536 or email or

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Practical studies take place in the new multi-million dollar Pettigrew Green Arena Hawke’s Bay. These facilities include three squash courts, an exercise science laboratory, an aerobics-fitness room, a theatre for lectures and presentations for up to 80 people, changing rooms, consulting rooms, office and administration area, and a massage room.

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