Welcome to the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre
The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre (NTRC) was founded for the purpose of being a leader in indigenous scholarship and to provide a centre for the intellectual capital and development of Ngāi Tahu, the principal Māori iwi of the southern region of New Zealand. The NTRC was established in August 2011 as a joint initiative between Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury.
UC research on effects of the quakes on whitebait
The recovery of īnanga (whitebait) spawning sites following the Canterbury earthquakes will be discussed in a seminar by doctoral researcher Shane Orchard, hosted by the University of Canterbury Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. Read more
(Photo above of Shane Orchard taking salinity measurements in the Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai.
Photo: Tom Moore, EOS Ecology)
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Valuable knowledge shared at Tribal Economic Wānanga
Economic development experts, including from First Nations gathered at the University of Canterbury in February to discuss what is needed to create a tribal economy.
(Photo above of Sir Tipene O'Regan, Manny Jules, Te Maire Tau, Darryn Russell and Hana O'Regan attending the Tribal Economic Wānanga)
Announcements and Events
- Tuahiwi Marae in the evenings of 15-17 February. Read details (PDF123KB)
- Awarua Marae, Bluff on 22 February
- The University of Canterbury on 26 and 27 February. Download the programme (PDF 315KB)
Report released: Spatial effects of the Canterbury earthquakes on inanga spawning habitat and implications for waterways management
Shane Orchard, PhD student, has released the above report through the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management.
Kai hiku, kai ūpoko Tribal Economic Wānanga 15-27 February 2016
This wānanga was a series of seminars and discussions with a number of international keynote speakers from Alaskan and Canadian First Nations who have actively developed economies and business on their reserves.
Research into Nelson Lakes National Park
A University of Canterbury postgraduate geology student has been exploring Red Hills in the Nelson Lakes National Park for groundwater springs where a significant amount of methane is being released to the atmosphere. Joanna Pawson's thesis investigations could help explain the release of methane that may be occurring on other planets including Mars. Pawson, who has Ngāti Kahungunu iwi affiliations, graduated last week with a Master of Science degree (First Class Honours).
Whitebait on the move
Shane Orchard's PhD research investigates the vulnerability of coastal conservation areas to dynamic changes such as seal level rise. He is using earthquake effects to simulate the type of issues that might occur with climate change.
UC to produce more Māori graduates
The University of Canterbury is producing graduate students who will be of significant benefit to Māori organisations and businesses in the future.