Category Archives: Māori

Introducing an amazing UC wahine

Whakanuia te hā o Hineahuone! With International Women’s Day coming up this Rātapu, 8 o Kahuru-kai-paeka | Sunday 8 March, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate wāhine around UC.

One of our hidden heroes at UC, Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kauwhata, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu) is ‘walking the talk’ as she balances teaching, chasing her PhD, being a super-māmā and her out of hours pursuit: body building.

Annabel is currently working towards her PhD in Health Sciences, investigating the experiences of Māori adopted in the closed adoption system. In between that, she’s busy raising 3 active kids (with 2 now studying at UC), and training hard as an IFBB athlete, where she currently holds the national title in Masters Figure!

Known for her dedication and amazing work ethic, Annabel describes herself as “just a woman doing what lots of other women do – juggling their full-on lifestyle.”

Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a visual history

Ako Aotearoa are hosting a face to face workshop in Chrsitchurch titled “Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a visual history”.

Event Details
11 March, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond, Christchurch
Costs: $195 +GST (includes booking fee)

This professional development workshop offers a brief visual history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for those who have not previously attended a Te Tiriti workshop. The workshop content covers several aspects of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand: the historical context before Te Tiriti; the Articles and signing of Te Tiriti itself; events after Te Tiriti; Te Tiriti today; and what Te Tiriti means for tertiary practitioners and educators.

More information can be found on the Ako Aotearoa website

“Language loss and revitalisation” Association of Commonwealth Universities newsletter

The ACU Review is now available online, celebrating and showcasing the remarkable work of universities across the Commonwealth and their contribution to the world around them.

Our first issue focuses on endangered languages and how ACU members are working with indigenous communities to protect and preserve our planet’s linguistic diversity. Read the first issue here.

We’d love to hear your feedback! Write to us at

Ngāi Tahu Research Centre Scholarships

Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury postgraduate and doctoral scholarships

Three NTRC scholarships are offered annually to Doctoral students which are worth $21,000, plus fees, for three years.

The NTRC also offers five scholarships annually for Postgraduate Diploma, Honours and Master’s students. These scholarships are valued at $12,000 plus fees, for one year.

Scholarship recipients may be studying any discipline at the University of Canterbury, but preference will be given to applicants whose projects promote mātauranga Māori within the sciences, commerce, law or engineering and are linked to the mission and current research foci of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre.

Subject matters of particular interest to the centre are:

  • Environmental sciences
  • Indigenous and tribal economies
  • 19th Century textual translations of rare South Island manuscripts

Applications are currently open and close at 4pm on 31 October.

Ngai Tahu Research Centre Postgraduate Scholarship


This scholarship supports postgraduate diploma, honours, and master’s students at the University of Canterbury whose research is facilitated by the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. Up to three scholarships are available annually for applicants of Ngāi Tahu descent. A further two scholarships are available annually to all students undertaking studies facilitated by the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. The scholarship provides financial assistance to a value of $16,000 per 120 points of enrolment for scholarships reserved for those of Ngāi Tahu descent, and to a value of $12,000 per 120 points of enrolment for an open scholarship. The scholarship also covers full tuition fees for the specified programme of study, at the New Zealand domestic rate, and the Student Services Levy for the term of the scholarship.

Ngai Tahu Research Centre Doctoral Scholarship


These scholarships support PhD students whose study is facilitated through the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury. The University will make available up to three scholarships annually. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will make available up to two scholarships every third year.

To download a copy of the scholarship regulations and to apply online please visit

To enquire please contact the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre Administrator, phone: +64 3 369 5527 or email:

2019 Graham Nuthall lecture – Professor Angus Macfarlane

The 2019 Graham Nuthall Lecture attracted a full house of 350 educators, academics and community members to listen to Angus Hikairo Macfarlane (Ngāti Whakāue), Professor of Māori Research at UC, Director of the UC Māori Research Laboratory (Te Rū Rangahau) and Co-Director of the UC Child Wellbeing Institute.

Letitia Fickel, Angus MacFarlane, Sue McCormack, Cheryl de la Rey and Misty Sato. 

Professor Macfarlane’s topic, drawn from many years of exploring Indigenous and sociocultural imperatives that influence education and psychology, was Restlessness, Resoluteness, and Reason: the evolving passage of culturally responsive pedagogies.
The ‘braided rivers’ (He Awa Whiria) approach informed Professor Macfarlane’s lecture. “This approach draws from Indigenous streams of knowledge, combining these with appropriate Western scientific viewpoints – to inform the professional practice of teachers”. As the first Māori presenter of this acclaimed event, Professor Macfarlane acknowledged the pillars of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi – asking how do we educate as partners, how do we reach out to Māori learners and their whānau to become authentic participants within the system, and in what ways do educators protect the mana of māturanga Māori, Indigenous knowledge? Professor Macfarlane regularly referred to the pioneering research of Graham Nuthall to complement his own work.

The Macfarlane family

Jill-Nuthall, Letitia-Fickel, Angus-MacFarlane and Te-hurinui-Clarke. 

Professor Nuthall was one of UC’s most esteemed academics and this annual lecture hosted by the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai me te Hauora and UC, contributes to inform the national education dialogue.
Watch the full 2019 lecture here.