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.

Shannon Goldsmith

'I enjoy the exposure to a diverse range of business disciplines and networking opportunities...'

Shannon Goldsmith (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa)
Studying towards a Master of Business Administration Read profile

Eruera Prendergast-Tarena

PhD graduate honours his academic legacy...

Eruera Prendergast-Tarena (Ngāi Tahu)
First doctorate degree connected to the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre.
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Photo of Ani Kainamu

'I enjoy getting outside to learn and become familiar with the environment...'

Ani Kainamu (Ngāpuhi)
Studying towards a PhD in Environmental Science
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Announcements and Events

    NTRC Seminar: Recovery of īnanga spawning sites following the Canterbury earthquakes

    Presenter: Shane Orchard
    Date: Wednesday 29 June 2016
    Time: 12pm - 1pm
    Location: Room 208, Level 2, Te Ao Marama Building
    RSVP: kirsty.ameriks@canterbury.ac.nz
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    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.
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    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.

  • 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)
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    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).
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    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.
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    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.
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  • Ngāi Tahu Research Centre
    Te Ao Mārama building

    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
  • Phone +64 3 364 2987 ext 4202
    ntrc@canterbury.ac.nz
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