News and events

Kids in garden

25 May 2023

A University of Canterbury (UC)-led project aims to reduce type 2 diabetes in local Pacific communities by bringing people together to grow vegetable gardens at home.

Pasifika graduation 2023

20 April 2023

Congratulations to all our Pasifika students celebrating graduation this month.

UC Connect

07 March 2023

What does it mean to be a Māori or Polynesian male in Aotearoa New Zealand today? How is that shaped?

Steven Ratuva

27 February 2023

Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva has added yet another first to his long list of accomplishments, becoming the University of Canterbury’s first Te Amorangi | Pro-Vice-Chancellor Pacific.

UC Connect 30.01.2023

30 January 2023

Can the path to a sustainable future be found in the past? Global experts on water policy and management in the Pacific will gather on 7 February at The Piano in Christchurch for Tauhere UC Connect public talk, The Path to a Sustainable Future.

Prof Steven Ratuva

19 December 2022

On The Conversation, University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva says there now is a chance to bring back real democracy to Fiji.

Samoa flood

09 November 2022

Dr Christina Tausa, Research Manager at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury (UC), wants to see the Global North commit to the promises of the Paris Agreement at COP27, the 27th annual UN meeting on climate, which started on 6 November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Indigenous Narrative

05 October 2022

Two new University of Canterbury (UC) courses will empower ākonga to explore Indigenous representation as we move from traditional storytelling to digital and mainstream media.

UC Connect History

03 October 2022

As noted by Māori scholar Dr Nēpia Mahuika, “New Zealand history is Māori history” first and foremost. Despite this, the histories of Aotearoa New Zealand are often examined in connection to Britain and discussed in terms of colonisation.

Saili Aukuso and Levi Simeona Tavita

31 August 2022

Surrounded by family members and wearing colourful ula around their necks, a Samoan couple has celebrated achieving their PhDs together at a graduation event in Christchurch.

Pacific field study

29 July 2022

People affected by climate change in regions such as the Pacific are often portrayed as victims and their history of resilience to environmental challenges is too often overlooked in policy and research.


28 April 2022

#KiaAngitu. Mentoring, workshops and support are part of a unique scholarship package offered to Māori and Pacific first-year students at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury.

Welcome at MMB for Dr Christina La'ala'ai-Tausa

10 November 2021

Dr Christina La’ala’ai-Tausa is the new UC based research manager for the Pacific Ocean-Climate Crisis Assessment team –a joint multi-disciplinary research project between UC and the University of the South Pacific.

UC & South Pacific partnership

04 November 2021

Researchers and academics from the University of Canterbury (UC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) joined a discussion on issues that matter for the Pacific in the COP26 climate meetings.

UCMeXL programme

07 September 2021

A growing number of Pacific students from Canterbury high schools are signing up for a free tutoring programme giving them extra support with NCEA.

Simon_sees from Australia, Wikimedia Commons

02 September 2021

The University of Canterbury and University of the South Pacific, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are partnering on a unique research project to help Pacific countries and the global community understand how climate change will impact the Pacific, and how indigenous knowledge can help Pacific communities to adapt.

Maddi Williams

01 September 2021

A new book by University of Canterbury historian Madi Williams offers a fresh perspective on the history of Polynesia during the medieval period, focusing on Aotearoa New Zealand, Chatham Islands (Rēkohu) and Easter Island (Rapanui).

Takere scholarship

05 August 2021

A unique scholarship supporting Māori and Pacific students to navigate their first year at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury is returning bigger and better in 2022.

Steven Ratuva

27 April 2021

Knowledge should be a common inheritance for the growth and sustainability of humanity, not a market commodity for the benefit of the few, writes Professor Steven Ratuva, Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury.


11 March 2021

Warm congratulations to University of Canterbury (UC) Professor Gail Gillon FRSNZ and Professor Steven Ratuva FRSNZ on being elected Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows of the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Oceana Olsen and Ezra Samy are first-year students at UC in 2021.

11 March 2021

Hundreds of new Māori and Pacific students are enrolling at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) this year, in a sharp increase from 2020.

Steven Ratuva

16 November 2020

A University of Canterbury (UC) Professor has won recognition from the Royal Society Te Apārangi for his passion for equality and outstanding research into ethnicity and racism.


11 September 2020

The WORD Christchurch Spring Festival is about to burst forth with stories, ideas, poetry and song. The recently announced festival line-up features many University of Canterbury scholars and writers, including Canterbury University Press authors, and is selling out fast.

Professor Steven Ratuva

31 August 2020

Indigenous knowledge has always been interdisciplinary, UC’s Professor Steven Ratuva explains in this insightful piece by Dale Husband for E Tangata, the online Māori and Pacific media platform.


24 July 2020

Award-winning author Behrouz Boochani has been granted refugee status by Immigration New Zealand and is to become a Senior Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury.