Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

FOR THE RECORD: An Encyclopaedia of Historical Aspects of New Zealand Physical Education

Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

FOR THE RECORD: An Encyclopaedia of Historical Aspects of New Zealand Physical Education

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FOR THE RECORD: An encyclopaedia of historical aspects of New Zealand physical education Bob Stothart with Jan Culpan ISSBN 978-0-473-21959-8

What is a 'phys-edder'? Why do we have learner swimming pools? What is the origin of the 'flutter board'? What is new wave folk dancing? What does the Captain Cook Hotel have to do with Physical Education? These are just a few of the questions addressed in For the Record. The book is a quirky, enchanting treasure trove of people, things, phenomena, places and practices that together afford readers a rich and nuanced feel for what and who has shaped Physical Education in New Zealand. With Bob Stothart at the helm how could it be anything else?

The book's lead author, Bob Stothart, is a rangatira of Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ). He has been honoured with multiple awards for his enduring service to our profession as mentor, historian, advocate, communicator and teacher. His wing-man on the book, Ian Culpan, has similarly impressive credentials as co-principal writer of our HPE curriculum, teacher educator, recipient of P ENZ's highest honours and a tireless advocate for our profession. Together, the pair draw from Bob's earlier 1996 'Chronology of NZ Physical Education'yet substantially add to its original cadre. As Bob points out, he is "a relentless collector of information about physical education in New Zealand" (p.4). While he humbly describes the book as an "idiosyncratic attempt to note a few things about physical education" (p.4), it is much more than that. Rather, it is a book that offers us access to the most comprehensive collection of New Zealand Physical Education's historical trinkets we have to date.

For the Record is a book you can duck or dive into. You don't have to read it front to back. It is not a dull or dusty chronologically sequenced 'acts n facts' kind of history book. You can peek into it, or dwell for a long time, soaking upa distinctly New Zealand approach to Physical Education from multiple vantage points. …

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