Ngāi Tahu Research Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Welcome to Kā Waimaero, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre

Kā Waimaero, 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.

Shane Orchard

UC research on effects of the quakes on whitebait

The recovery of īnanga (whitebait) spawning sites following the Canterbury earthquakes was 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)

Ani Kainamu-Murchie

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

Ani Kainamu-Murchie (Ngāpuhi)
Studying towards a PhD in Environmental Science Read profile

Sir Tipene O'Regan, Manny Jules, Te Maire Tau, Darryn Russell, Hana O'Regan at the Tribal Economic Wananga

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.
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(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

    Ngāi Tahu Research Centre September seminar:Channell Thoms

    Title: Distribution, trapping efficiencies and feeding trials for Kekewai, the native freshwater crayfish (Paranephrops zealandicus) in central Canterbury
    Presenter:
    Channell Thoms
    Date: Thursday 29 September 2016, 2.30 - 3.30pm.
    Venue: Room 208, Te Ao Marama Building, University of Canterbury
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    RSVP for this event by contacting: kirsty.ameriks@canterbury.ac.nz


    Scholarships for 2017 postgraduate study

    Applications for Ngāi Tahu Research Centre scholarships close on Monday 31 October 2016. Application forms, guidelines and other details are available on the NTRC Scholarships web page.

    NTRC 2017 Scholarships Ad

    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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