Areas of expertise

About HPC

The Human Potential Centre (HPC) has an outstanding track record in securing external competitive research funding and grants, published research, and postgraduate student success. The research centre consists of a dedicated team of teaching and research staff, all of whom are research experts and well respected in their chosen fields.

Over the last 15 years, the Centre’s academic and research experts have been awarded external research funding from Health Research Council, Sport New Zealand, World Health Organization, local authorities, and commercial partners.  HPC has established, and is recognised for, expertise in a number of key health research areas, with a focus on positive health and wellbeing.  HPC work collaboratively with researchers from associated NZ and international academic and government institutions.  The Centre is part of the Sports Performance Research Institute of New Zealand (SPRINZ) group, which is based at the AUT Millennium facility in the North Shore, Auckland.

Two key research areas for HPC are the low carbohydrate healthy fat (LCHF) dietary/lifestyle approach, and free play for children.  The LCHF dietary approach supports positive metabolic health, while achieving and maintaining healthy weight status.  The concept of free play allows children to be involved in the decision making of their own play, with a focus on developing an environment that challenges and adds an element of risk into play activities.