Tag Archives: Ngai Tahu Research Centre

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: ntrc@canterbury.ac.nz

Heritage workshop: All Our Stories

Christchurch City Council and Ngāi Tahu are developing a draft Heritage Strategy and are asking for community input to ensure it is as effective and meaningful as possible.

Their workshop All Our Stories: How do stories and memories connect people and places, past and present? will be held on Saturday 16 June, 10am – 2.30pm (a light lunch will be provided), at Ferrymead Heritage Park, 50 Ferrymead Park Drive.

Guest speakers will include UC Associate Professor and Director of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre | Kā Waimaero, Te Maire Tau, Architectural Historian Jenny May, Canterbury Museum Collections Technician, Hatesa Seumanutafa and Sina Mulitalo, a representative from the Samoan community.

All are welcome to attend and to discuss the values, visions, ideas and opportunities required to better celebrate, protect and promote our heritage through stories.

For information on the previous workshop, Tangible and Intangible Heritage, click here.

For any questions, or to RSVP email heritage@ccc.govt.nz, or phone (03) 941 8047 by Tuesday 12 June.

Please advise any dietary requirements with your RSVP.

Challenging messages at Māori Research Colloquium

The annual Māori Research Colloquium held on campus last Friday attracted 80 registrants made up of UC staff, Māori postgraduate students, and education leaders from the Christchurch community.

UC’s Professor of Māori Research, Angus Macfarlane was delighted with the success of the event.

“The small organising team put together an appealing and busy programme – and it worked”.

Professor Macfarlane says the opening presentation by Emeritus Professor Russell Bishop, a preeminent Māori academic of recent times,  was insightful and provocative.

“His messages challenged us to be discerning in our approaches to Māori research and to pay attention to who initiates the research activities, in what ways Māori are represented, and how benefits might accrue to Māori”.

He outlined the importance of the quality of the relationships within the research paradigm, claiming that these are often enhanced by conjoint collaborative understandings. Following on from that the PVC of the College of Education, Health and Human Development Professor Gail Gillon presented an comprehensive narrative of the ‘Better Start’ National Science Challenge, paying particular attention to the emphasis afforded to a ‘Braided Rivers’ approach  within the research projects incorporated in the Challenge.

“This perspective is about drawing from Western Science and Māori Knowledge in astute and sensitive ways so as to achieve more acceptable outcomes” said Professor Gillon.

Maori Research Colloquium, 4.11.16 Reflections and Projections Emeritus Prof Russell Bishop. Gail Gillon, Angus Macfarlane.
Maori Research Colloquium, 4.11.16
Reflections and Projections Emeritus Prof Russell Bishop.
Gail Gillon, Angus Macfarlane.

The afternoon programme included an outline of the opportunities offered by Fulbright New Zealand and some inspiring messages from each of UC’s three Māori research units – The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, the Maui Lab at Aotahi, and Te Rū Rangahau on the Dovedale campus. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Ian Wright, in his summing up, commented on the present healthy state of Māori research at UC, and how Māori research has the capability to be self-sustaining and also the potential to be complementary to the wider research sector.

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

Ngāi Tahu Research Centre – October seminar

UC NGI TAHU RESEARCH CENTRE_1 LineNau mai, haere mai

The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre invites you to attend its October seminar with Tara McAllister presenting: Formidable Phormidium: Toxic algae in Canterbury Rivers.

When: Thursday 13 October, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Where: Room 208, Level 2, Te Ao Marama Building, University of Canterbury

Toxic algal blooms, in both lakes and rivers, are a major concern in many countries due to their increasing extent and severity. The particular species Tara studied is called Phormidium and proliferates in many of our Canterbury rivers. Phormidium can produce powerful toxins, posing a significant health risk, Phormidium inadvertently affects the ecology and health of rivers.

Tara sampled eight different Canterbury rivers in order to elucidate the effect of different environmental factors, like river flow and water temperature, on growth. Tara manipulated nutrient and flow conditions in experimental river channels to see how these changes would affect growth.

These experiments will help us begin to think about how Phormidium is likely to respond with increasing agricultural intensification. The results of these two studies will be presented and discussed.

RSVP for this event by contacting: kirsty.ameriks@canterbury.ac.nz