Apply now: First Nations’ Futures Programme

The First Nations’ Futures Programme provides an unrivaled opportunity for aspiring Ngāi Tahu leaders and other Māori postgraduate students to gain access to leading international research and thinking within a uniquely indigenous context. Applications are also invited from Ngāi Tahu and other Māori undergraduate students who are close to completion of their degree and who intend to apply for postgraduate study in 2018-2019. The First Nations’ Futures Programme is held at Stanford University for two weeks in October/November every year. The closing date for expressions of interest is 31 May, 2018.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in conjunction with the UC’s Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and the University of Otago is pleased to announce its participation in the First Nations’ Futures Programme (FNFP) in 2018.

Submitting your application:

To apply, please download the 2018 FNFP Application Form and Guidelines> 

Please note: applications for 2018 will be available online from Monday 30 April.

Submit the completed application form with a copy of your CV and relevant supporting documentation via email, as instructed below. 

Applicants will need to outline a tribal programme/kaupapa they wish to parent and lead within the tribe that relates to the tribal economy/development and demonstrate a record of community participation.  

We encourage you to provide relevant supporting documentation which may include letters from your whānau, rūnanga, academic institution, or current employer.

All applications must be received by Thursday 31 May 2018 via  email to: and cc’d to

For more information refer to the website or email:

NZ Blood Service on campus 2-3 May

The New Zealand Blood Service will be on campus next week collecting blood. On Wednesday 2 May and Thursday 3 May the team will be set up in the Undercroft to take your blood donation.

Make an appointment by phoning 0800 448 325 or book online or through the app. Please remember to bring your donor card or photo ID.

Saving lives, it’s in our blood.

Video release – Roimata unveiled

A stunning video about the unveiling of Roimata has been released as part of turning the original Cultural Narrative video into a series.

 Roimata is the name given to a sculpture designed by Māori artist Riki Manuel (Ngāti Porou) to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011. It was unveiled at a special ceremony on that date in 2018, and tells a story of remembrance.

  • To Māori, the upside down koru represents death, in keeping with a memorial to those who lost their lives in the February earthquake of 2011.
  • The surface is undulated to represent Ōtakaro the river Avon, onto which the people of Ōtautahi Christchurch, throw flowers each year in memory of that fateful day. The bronze flowers on the surface depict this ritual.
  • The sculpture sits at the Clyde Road end of University Drive, a short distance from the Recreation Centre bridge over Ōtakaro where those who attended the unveiling carried out this ritual by throwing fresh flowers onto the river to created a spiritual link with the commemorative service being held later that day in the city.

Roimata, will remain on our campus as a permanent reminder of the earthquakes, and as a focus each year for our remembrance, the loss and suffering of our University community, the contribution they made afterwards, and what the University has become since.