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UC doctoral student wins Kate Sheppard Memorial award

Congratulations to Ngāi Tahu Research Centre doctoral student, Kelly Tikao, who has won the Kate Sheppard Memorial Trust award for 2018.

Kelly will be presented with her award in September at a celebration dinner honouring 125 years of the Kate Sheppard Suffrage movement in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Enrol now for ‘Oral Traditions and Modern Histories of Ngāi Tahu’

UC NGI TAHU RESEARCH CENTRE_1 LineIf you’re interested in history, and are looking for 200-level papers, then this course is for you.

HIST292-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017, Oral Traditions and Modern Histories of Ngāi Tahu

Jonathan Alvarov2Jonathan Alvaro is studying at The University of Canterbury on exchange from Hope College in Holland, Michigan U.S.A. He is a third year college student, majoring in Biology and looking to pursue a career in human medicine.

“This past spring I took MAOR285/HIST 292, Oral Traditions and Modern Histories of Ngāi Tahu with Dr Martin Fisher and Associate Professor Te Maire Tau. Martin and Te Maire have different teaching styles but worked well together to keep the content interesting and alive.

“The course provided excellent background in Ngāi Tahu whakapapa and history, and then we mainly focused on Ngāi Tahu interactions with Pākehā over the last 200 years. As an international student this was not only helpful to understanding specifically Ngāi Tahu, but also in understanding Ngāi Tahu’s impact on New Zealand and how they have shaped the young country.

“Land transactions and treaty settlements were other focuses, culminating by studying the Ngāi Tahu Claim Settlement Act and all that entailed. All questions were welcome and class regularly consisted of activities, break out discussions, and real-life applications that worked to bring greater comprehension to even the most difficult concepts.

“Both Martin and Te Maire prioritised actual understanding and learning through exploring ideas as opposed to memorising endless facts. MAOR 285 is the most interactive history course that I have taken, and discussions with other students in class have made it the most fun as well. This course is a fantastic choice for anyone interested in Māori, Ngāi Tahu, or even New Zealand as a whole.”

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Guest lecture by Per Axelsson: Indigenous Health in Sápmi: past, present and future

Author: Dr John Reid, Senior Research Fellow, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre

When researchers want to study indigenous populations they are dependent upon the highly variable way in which states or territories enumerate, categorise and differentiate indigenous people.

Per Axelsson is one of the world’s leading researchers exploring the way in which indigenous people are categorized by Settler States and various science disciplines.

His work has been celebrated and recognized internationally, and his book ‘Indigenous People and Demography’ is one of the ‘go to’ manuals on the topic. His current research focus on a longitudinal study of colonization, state and the health of Indigenous Peoples in Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, 1850-2000.  He is a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and co-chairs the network of Family/Demography within the European Social Science History Association.


Per Axelsson: Indigenous Health in Sápmi: past, present and future