Ngāi Tahu Research

Ngāi Tahu recognise that science and innovation will play a critical role in the realisation of economic, cultural and environmental goals and aspirations for the iwi and its constituent papatipu rūnanga.

A Development through Research Strategy was ratified by Te Here in early 2016. This Strategy is an update of the original ratified in 2013.

The resulting programme is expected to:

  • Inform tribal activities and investment.
  • Open opportunities for innovation, enterprise and commercialisation.
  • Build innovative collaborations to develop new technology and opportunities from Ngāi Tahu assets together with Te Rūnanga Group and Papatipu Rūnanga.
  • Build science and innovation capability.

A key component of the Ngāi Tahu’s Development through Research Strategy is the development of a State of the Nation information resource on the iwi. There is considerable rhetoric and myth regarding Māori deprivation, well-being and needs. Further, Māori are not a homogenous population that can be characterised by broad-brush statements. Ngāi Tahu require evidence-based knowledge and monitoring to have the confidence to invest in Ngāi Tahu-relevant research and development opportunities. This is key to developing a respect and demand for robust research.

Science and innovation will support development within the Ngāi Tahu 18 member Rūnanga. Rūnanga projects are led by an individual or group of Rūnanga and supported by Toitū te Kāinga staff within Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (TRoNT).

Working with us

TRoNT staff are regularly approached by researchers and organisations seeking engagement, advice or support for various research projects. Priority will be given to those projects that best match the current needs and development programme of Ngāi Tahu.

We recommend you contact us early in the development phase of your project by completing this assessment form and emailing it with supporting documentation to [email protected]

University of Canterbury Ngāi Tahu Research Centre

Ngāi Tahu Research Centre (NTRC) was established in August 2011 as a joint venture between Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury with the purpose of providing a centre for the intellectual capital and development of Ngāi Tahu.

NTRC is best defined by reference to its dual mission statements:

  • To create intellectual capital and leadership able to lead and support tribal development.
  • To establish NTRC as the foremost indigenous research centre in New Zealand and the Pacific with strong links to the principal institutions that lead indigenous scholarship and development.

University of Otago Ngāi Tahu Research Consultation Committee

The Ngāi Tahu Research Consultation Committee (NTRCC) is an external Committee to the University of Otago that provides a singular point for consultation through the University’s Policy for Research Consultation with Māori. The Committee provides clarity regarding issues of interest to Māori as end users of research. It also ensures participation of Ngāi Tahu Rūnanga in the decision-making processes involved in specific research activity. This Committee aims to enhance and support Ngāi Tahu rangatiratanga in research relationships. As part of the NTRCC process, the Committee has links and relationships with Ngāi Tahu and Māori communities from which input, direction and information is gathered. It is this input which informs feedback to the University research community. The second aim of the Committee is to ensure that Māori are strengthened systematically across all fields of research from all four Academic Divisions.

The NTRCC formally consists of two representatives from each of the local Papatipu Rūnanga:

  • Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki
  • Ōtākou Rūnanga
  • Te Rūnanga o Moeraki

The Committee has a formal chair who is currently from Ōtākou Rūnanga. In attendance are the University’s Research Manager Māori and the Administrator from the Office of Māori Development. The Committee meets monthly to consider submitted proposals for research.


Robin MacIntosh
Programme Leader – Research and Development
[email protected]