Tag Archives: Events

Geospatial Research Institute Seminar: From Data to Insight

Free Geospatial Research Institute Seminar – 30th July 2021

In this time of rapid global change, we need new ways to identify, monitor and understand the impact of change on environments and human dynamics such as economy, health and sociopolitical stability.

In this seminar, Rafael Kargren – Director of Oceania and Pacifica, presents Maxar Earth Intelligence capabilities. Book your free tickets here or join in on Zoom

When: 30th July, 1-2 PM and light refreshments from 12.30PM
Location: Ernest Rutherford 263 or online via Zoom

Maxar Earth Intelligence capabilities help customers map, detect, address and predict change at unprecedented speed and scale. Fueled largely by Maxar’s own constellation of high-resolution imaging satellites and combining multi-source data and applied artificial intelligence, machine learning and rich domain knowledge is able to deliver insight as a service.

Rafael is heading Maxar in Oceania and Pacific and has long background in remote sensing and earth observation. He has been involved in implementation of national earth observation data centers and information management systems in collaboration with Geoscience Australia, CSIRO and Australian state governments for initiatives such as Open Data Cube, Copernicus Data Hub, Digital Earth Australia and New Zealand’s Centre for Space and Science. He has been involved in many international initiatives to improve humanitarian actions and disaster response for Pacific Islands.

Rafael is also a lecturer at International Space University (ISU), board member at Pacific Islands GIS and Remote Sensing Council (PGRSC), Space Ops Committee, Asia and Oceania Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and Christchurch Aerospace. He provides active mentoring, coaching and support to several space start-ups and students in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Rafael Kargren - Director Oceania and Pacifica
Rafael Kargren – Director Oceania and Pacifica




Geospatial Research Institute
University of Canterbury



GRISS – Geospatial Research Institute Seminar
Speaker: Mike Taitoko – CEO, Takiwā
Democratising GIS Data to Solve Aotearoa’s Freshwater Challenge

25th June 2021  1-2 PM

Light Refreshments from 12.30 PM onwards

Location: Beatrice Tinsely 111

FREE Registration

Please see our website for registration details. www.geospatial.ac.nz/news/ 

In this talk Takiwā CEO Mike Taitoko will introduce the Takiwā platform and illustrate how it can help to empower organisations, iwi and communities to build their own data capability and capacity to solve complex freshwater challenges.  The only way we can address these complex issues is to create a shared understanding of the issues, impacts and solutions though a multi-stakeholder, multi-perspective view of the issues.

Takiwā is an award winning data management and analytics platform that allows end-users to upload, analyse and present multiple types of data and information within a spatial context in order to solve complex problems. A critical design feature of Takiwā has been the ability to draw together cultural and maatauranga Māori data and information alongside Western scientific data while managing cultural and commercial sensitivities of any datasets.

Mike Taitoko – CEO, Takiwā

Mike is of Maniapoto descent and is a leading specialist in the field of Māori and indigenous economic development. He previously founded Tuia Consulting, a leading Māori economic development advisory firm in New Zealand and the Pacific. During that time Mike built a cloud-based analytical processing platform to democratise data from government agencies, regional councils and industries out to iwi and Māori organisations, science projects, community groups and others. The idea was to use data to drive better visibility across the policy space and improve policy outcomes in areas that need it most. From there Mike formed Takiwā to build the tools and technologies that drive transformational change in areas that most impact Māori and Aotearoa generally, with a particular focus on land-use and impacts on freshwater.

Mike is a co-founder of Toha, an impact investment platform and it’s first venture Calm The Farm, as well as director of other family-owned companies and an independent director of Mercury Energy.

Please see our website for registration details. www.geospatial.ac.nz/news/ 

Email: gri-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz

Work Together for the Sustainable Development Goals

Tickets for online SDG Hui #3: Working Together for Change are LIVE!

Interested in hearing a panel discussion focussed on Intergenerational Conversations and Justice? What about one led by youth leaders and the Children’s Commission, and chaired by Professor Bronwyn Hayward?

Or, how about learning about Aotearoa New Zealand’s place in the Pacific, and pathways for change with a panel chaired by Professor Steven Ratuva? 

Then mark your calendars: Online SDG Hui #3 ‘Working Together for Change’ is coming up on Thursday 24 June, 7pm – 9pm!

This final online hui in the 2020-2021 Summit Series will build on kōrero from Hui#1 and Hui#2, and will be two hours of incredible panel discussions, an interactive workshop stream and a creative moment. This hui aims to inspire thinking and action on creating meaningful, inclusive, participatory and collaborative partnerships for change.

Tickets are just $5 – $10. Get yours here now and be a part of Aotearoa’s SDG journey!

In honour of Sāmoan Language Week, we wanted to share with you  the incredible Daisy Lavea-Timo’s slam poetry magic from online SDG Hui #2 ‘Be the Change’  back in March.

The 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, with support from the Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Building on two previous SDG Summits, the 2020-2021 Series is here to take people on a journey from an individual understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to collective action, under an overall theme of ‘Pathways to (Urgent) Action’.

For more information on the 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series, check out the website, sign up to the mailing list, see the Youtube channel and follow their mahi on social media.

Save the date – Power Up Waitaha Canterbury Careers, Advice and Study Expo

In partnership with ChristchurchNZ and supported by Ara, Lincoln & UC, the Power Up Waitaha Canterbury Careers Advice and Study Expo will be held at the Ōtautahi Christchurch Town Hall on 3 June from 12.30 – 5.30pm.

Whether you are (or someone you know is) entering the workforce, thinking of changing roles or keen to upskill or reskill, the Power Up Waitaha Canterbury Careers, Advice and Study Expo could be for you!

Save the date and come along to gain insight into what employers are looking for, what skills are in high demand, and the full suite of study and financial options for you.

More information to come – keep an eye out in Tū ki te tahi.

Over 1600 tau (year) 12 students attend Te Rā Tūhura | Discovery Day

On Tuesday 13 April, UC welcomed over 1600 tau (year) 12 students from across Waitaha Canterbury on campus to explore their study options, discover career pathways and get a feel for uni life at Te Rā Tūhura | Discovery Day. 

This event is designed to help students identify connections between their current subject choices and degree options at UC through a number of information sessions and activities. This year, students from 26 Canterbury schools attended lectures on a range of diverse topics such as ‘the truth about fake news’, ‘what if nutrition could treat mental illness?’ and ‘the secret lives of trees’.

Information sessions took place in Eng Core, the Undercroft, North Arts and Central Lecture Theatres, so students had the chance to explore different parts of campus throughout the day. They were also able to go on campus tours, led by the Liasion Team. 

Attendance at this year’s event was up by 11% from 2019, and feedback so far has been very positive. Students said their favourite parts of the day were meeting UC staff, listening to session presenters and watching the next step presentations. 

In the post-event survey, one student said Te Rā Tūhura | Discovery Day “… really allowed me to feel comfortable about the transition from high school to a university. Especially because the community that they have created at UC has clearly become a family and has a huge amount of support and encouragement.”

Another student felt “the tutors came across very welcoming, genuine and authentic. I came in just wanting to know a bit about the culture and now I’m seriously considering taking Japanese!”

The survey shows 52% of tau 12 students would recommend Te Rā Tūhura | Discovery Day and 68% plan to attend Rā Tōmene | Open Day on Thursday 9 September. 

UC staff volunteers said their highlights from the day were engaging with students and the general atmosphere on campus. Thank you so much to everyone who helped out, this event would not have been able to happen without you! 

Take a look at some photos from the day here: