We’re talking health… research talks 2020

Great news – we’ve set a new date for our Research Talks event!

In association with the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation and the Health Research Society of Canterbury, we bring you our annual research talks event ‘we’re talking health’.

Join us (in-person or online) for a fun evening of talks from leading researchers from Te Papa Hauora partner institutes who are improving health outcomes in our community.

When: Wednesday 14 October 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Where: Manawa Foyer, 276 Antigua St, Christchurch OR online

To register click here

View our line-up of speakers and topics click  here.

Interprofessional Education and Practice Showcase 2020 

Free event at Manawa Christchurch – Friday 20 November

This excellent showcase is on again this year in Auckland and online. As attendance at this event in person is not possible for many in Canterbury and the wider South Island, we’d like to offer the opportunity to gather here in Canterbury and link in together as a group. Attendance is free.

Come and join us at Manawa in the Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct on the day to watch presentations streamed live from Auckland, network over refreshments, and take part in local discussions on IPE showcase topics.

If you’d like to present OR plan to attend – please go through Auckland. Abstracts are due 25 September, RSVP by 6 November.

If you would like to come and join us at Manawa, please also email us directly to register at admin@healthprecinct.org.nz

Canterbury Collaboration Simulation Evening

Recently the Canterbury Collaborative Simulation Interest Group together with Te Papa Hauora held a simulation evening at Manawa. The event showcased the latest innovation and practices in healthcare simulation in the Canterbury region.

Guests enjoyed a range of presentations from health professionals across various institutions on how they collaborate together and use simulation for education, training and research. Guests were able to wander through the Manawa Simulation Centre and observe demonstrations, see various technology in use, and learn how simulation can ultimately enhance safety and quality of care for patients.

Click here to watch our short video of the evening’s activities.

Future of Health Challenge

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this great event for 2020. However, we hope to hold the challenge early in 2021 so we look forward to seeing our students then.

te papa hauora – healthy future series

August 2020

Enjoy these excellent articles from our Te Papa Hauora Advisory Council Members and other key leaders in health delivery, research and education in Canterbury. These articles focus on how health services, education, and research will change, improve and what needs to be prioritised as a result of COVID-19.

Please share with your colleagues, friends and family. The following articles have been released to date:

  • Healthy Opportunities – from Peter Townsend, Chair of Te Papa Hauora Advisory Council  – Click here
  • Healthcare – featuring Dr Ben Hudson, Head of Department of General Practice, University of Otago, Christchurch, and Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd & Dr Jacqui Lunday Johnstone Executive Director Allied Health, Scientific and Technical CDHB –  Click here
  • Health Technology – from Stella Ward, Chief Digital Officer, CDHB – Click here
  • Health Education – Featuring Tony Gray, Chief Executive, Ara Institute of Technology, Professor David Murdoch, Dean, University of Otago, Christchurch & Professor Letitia Fickel, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Canterbury’s College of Education, Health and Human Development – Click here
  • Health Research – Featuring Professor David Murdoch, Dean, University of Otago, Christchurch & Professor Letitia Fickel, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Canterbury’s College of Education, Health and Human Development – Click here

COVID 19 – The latest on the virus, the vaccine and the ongoing impacts on our community’s health and well being.

July 2020

Thank you to those who attended Te Papa Hauora’s free public information evening on COVID 19 Thursday 23 July.  If you missed it, please feel free to watch the recording here. 

It was a great opportunity to hear from our four experts on the following topics:

  • Vaccine development –  Professor David Murdoch, University of Otago Christchurch Dean & infectious disease expert.
  • Asymptomatic transmission & contact tracing –  Dr Josh Freeman, CDHB Clinical Director Microbiology & Acting Clinical Director of Infection Prevention and Control. 
  • Positive & negative unintended health consequences of lock-down – Dr Alan Pithie, CDHB Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine.
  • How might the wellbeing of our whanau/ tamariki have been affected & what strategies might help – Dr Mairin Taylor, Registered Senior Clinical Psychologist, University of Canterbury.


Local Professor involved in Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine development

July 2020

Professor David Murdoch, University of Otago, Christchurch Dean, and member of Te Papa Hauora’s Advisory Council, is on the Oxford University trial steering committee providing expert oversight on the vaccine development.

Click here to read the article.

Post-lockdown stress on families

July 2020

We’re back in level one and counting our blessings, but what effect has the lockdown period had on our children? What do they need from us now?

Read the University of Canterbury’s health sciences lecturer Dr Mairin Taylor’s  article on how we can help our children during uncertain and stressful times.

Mairin presented at Te Papa Hauora’s public event on what long-term impact might COVID-19 (and lockdown) have on the well being of our tamariki and what learnings from other crises can we apply to support them?

Click here to read the article.

HealthTech Supernode Challenge 2020

June 2020

The HealthTech Supernode Challenge has launched! We’re on the hunt for NZ’s most innovative new idea, pre-commercial product, or startup that uses tech to solve real problems in healthcare.  

With a total prize pool across multiple categories valued at over $340,000, there are plenty of reasons to enter.  Not only will 20 finalists be invited to be part of a 6-week virtual pre-accelerator programme, there are also cash prizes, the potential for startup investment, and an opportunity to work directly with prospective customers – Canterbury District Health Board and Ryman Healthcare.  Even if you don’t get the top prize, all finalists are automatically invited to take part in a further startup incubation programme in Christchurch.  

Most importantly, all Challenge finalists will receive extensive profile, new networks and exposure to one of NZ’s most prolific health innovation ecosystems.  

The Challenge is looking for healthtech innovators across the country, whether you are a healthcare professional, researcher, student, startup founder or research organisation – this is your opportunity to shine the light on your innovation and make it happen!

The HealthTech Supernode Challenge is delivered by the Ministry of Awesome and the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Entrepreneurship with support from ChristchurchNZ, KiwiNet, and Ryman Healthcare.

The application has opened and will close on 16th August.


May 2020

The Canterbury health, education and research sectors have been front and centre during the COVID-19 crisis, and every part of our health system has worked hard to prepare for, and respond to this unprecedented situation. We have always known what extraordinary, dedicated people we have in Canterbury and how good we are at collaborating and innovating. This crisis has proved it.

Our first two newsletters for 2020 are dedicated to celebrating Canterbury’s health, education and research sectors, and include great examples of Canterbury’s collaborative response to COVID-19. We hope you enjoy these stories and share our newsletters (links below) with others in celebrating the immense efforts made to protect our community.

Te Papa Hauora Newsletter #1 May 2020

Te Papa Hauora Newsletter #2 May 2020

University of Canterbury and Canterbury DHB ventilator initiative

May 2020

New technology developed by University of Canterbury engineers working with CDHB intensive care specialists could save thousands of patients’ lives around the world by doubling the capacity of ventilators, assisting in the treatment of patients with COVID-19 during outbreaks. Click here for more information.

Canterbury tertiary students working together to solve health issues

May 2020

UC’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) Digital Doctors Disrupt Challenge gave Canterbury tertiary students the opportunity to apply their learning to the real-world problem of healthcare access. Team Florence’s Nightingales won the Challenge with the concept of the HealthPod, a self-enclosed remote monitoring hub that would provide GPs with important monitoring data of their patients taken at a time and place that suits the patient. See below links for more information.

Digital idea could put free healthcare in the community

Health Practice students help take NZ’s health care into the future


Below are some links to the best sites to look at for up-to-date accurate information.

Unite Against COVID-19 | New Zealand Government  – For information and advice on what the rules are for people under the different alert levels

Ministry of Health NZ  – For the latest national updates, information and advice on COVID-19 including current cases

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) | Canterbury DHB – Canterbury DHB website for the latest regional information

COVID-19 — business.govt.nz – The Government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy – Work and Income – Work and Income website for the most current updates on wages subsidies

“The science behind the Coronavirus Covid-19 and what it means to you and your family”

March 2020

Thank you to our panellists, particularly Professor David Murdoch, for participating in our public information evening on the rapidly developing Coronavirus Covid-19 situation.

The evening was a unique opportunity for members of the public to hear accurate information from experts within Canterbury’s health system who have key roles in responding to and managing Covid-19 in our community.

The evening began with a presentation followed by an expert panel discussion and question time.

Videos of the evening can be viewed on  this page.


March 2020

At Te Papa Hauora’s March 9 event on Coronavirus, Professor Murdoch’s message was that people could make a difference by following simple but proven methods of limiting disease spread.

To read more on the event and key messages from the panel of experts click here. 


March 2020

Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct hosted a public information evening on Coronavirus Covid-19 Monday 9 March where more than 150 people got the chance to ask questions of a panel of Canterbury-based experts.

Click here to read our media release.



Tune in to hear Te Papa Hauora’s Professor David Murdoch,  infectious disease expert and member of the advisory panel for Covid-19 advising the Ministry of Health talk about the rapidly developing Coronavirus situation.

To listen to his interview with Chris Lynch click here. 

Talking to tamariki about COVID-19


Child and Family Psychologist Sarah Whitcombe-Dobbs spoke to RNZ’s Jesse Mulligan about how parents can manage their children’s anxiety or questions about COVID-19.

Sarah is on the panel for Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct’s public event on Monday 9 March “The science behind the Coronavirus Covid-19 and what it means to you and your family”.

To hear Sarah’s talk click here. 

Manawa Christmas


On December 3rd Te Papa Hauora held its first Manawa Christmas event. This was a highly successful evening with networking drinks and nibbles followed by dynamic short presentations from researchers within Te Papa Hauora’s partner institutes.

Click here for photos and more information.

New Health Precinct Advisory Council Chair Appointed


Well-know Cantabrian Peter Townsend has been appointed as the new Independent Chair of Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct’s Advisory Council.

Media Release

Chair of Health Precinct Advisory Council to step down


After five years leading the development of Canterbury’s Health Precinct Advisory Council (HPAC) its Independent Chair, Professor Ian Town is stepping down.

Media release

48 Hour Health Challenge


This year Te Papa Hauora once again partnered with the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Entrepeneurship to bring students from across the Health Precinct institutions together to solve real-world health sector challenges. It was a high energy weekend with many exciting ideas.

Read more in this blog post

New Harley Chambers event


Box 112 are a local property development company keen to support the vision of Te Papa Hauora. They are hosting an engagement event on Wed 8 May in the New Harley Chambers (old Police Station premises on St Asaph St). More info here.

Ōtākaro Road Works update


Tuam and Antigua Sts intersection, weekends of 3-6 and 10-13 May 2019. Ōtākaro will be working around the clock to reopen the intersection by Monday morning. More info here.

We’re talking health… research talks 2019


Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the talks this year. It was a great event, and the Engineering Core at the University of Canterbury an inspiring venue. You can view and share the talks from this page.

Manawa and new DHB Outpatients Facilities formally opened


Manawa, a building at the heart of Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct, and the new Canterbury District Health Board Outpatient Facility were officially opened last Thursday. It is wonderful to see the Health Precinct vision coming to life. Ministers Clark, Hipkins and Woods were in attendance.

Read the media story and the significance of Manawa’s cultural design

City Promenade opens


The much awaited City Promenade was offcially opened on Sunday 25th November by the Minister for Greater Christchurch Recovery the Hon Dr Megan Woods and the Mayor the Hon Lianne Dalziel. The Promenade commences near the Manawa building on Oxford Tce and runs along the river to the Margaret Mahy playground. The wide open space fronting  Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct will help activate the area especially as cafes and restaurants start to take advantage of the new pedestrian spaces.

Center for Medical Simulation Instructor Course 2019 – Simulation as a Teaching Tool

4 day Workshop – applications open now


Canterbury District Health Board are proud to offer this internationally recognised, 4 day Simulation Instructor Course, working in partnership with the Boston based Centre for Medical Simulation (CMS).

The course is open to any healthcare professional who has a strong commitment to moving simulation based education forward.

Designed for simulation educators who seek to create high-quality healthcare simulation programs, this course immerses healthcare simulation instructors in a multi-method course wherein participants learn how to teach clinical, behavioural, and cognitive skills through simulation. It draws from the disciplines of aviation, healthcare, psychology, experiential learning, and organisational behaviour. Participants explore simulator-based teaching methods applicable across the healthcare education spectrum, including undergraduate and graduate medical, nursing and allied health domains. The daily formats vary and include; simulation scenarios, lectures, small and large group discussions.

Date: Tuesday 5th March – Friday 8th March 8th 2019
Time: 0730-1730 (approx.)
Venue: Manawa Simulation Centre, Level 2, 276 Antigua Street, Christchurch, NZ
Fees: $NZ 7, 000 (20 places available)

Click here for a registration form or for more info email: skills.unit@cdhb.health.nz

Interprofessional education for health professionals


Te Papa Hauora Christchurch Health Precinct recently hosted a series of workshops on interprofessional education.

Read the Press opinion piece 

HPAC media release

University of Otago to build $150m health research facility in Te Papa Hauora


This morning the University of Otago announced plans for a new $150M building in the Christchurch Health Precinct. This building, once open in 2022, will add dramatically to the presence and impact of the Precinct as the go to place for health research and education. Our shared dream of making the Precinct a world-leading magnet for talent has just come closer to reality. Congratulations to all involved.

The Press story

University of Otago media release

Consultation of the National Ethics Advisory Committee’s National Ethics Standards for Health and Disability Research

The NEAC invites those interested in health research to in-person consultation meetings to support the public consultation of the National Ethics Advisory Committee’s National Ethics Standards for Health and Disability Research.
NEAC wants to work directly with researchers, research organisations, the public and other government agencies to ensure that feedback is consistently understood and considered.
This in turn will lead to a greater chance of a successful implementation of the Standards.
Links to the events are below. Please register your attendance. Download an agenda here.

Christchurch  – Monday 10 September
register here

Wellington – Fri 7 September
register here

Auckland – Mon 3 September
register here

Waikato – Wed 5 September
register here

Dunedin – Wed 12 September
register here

To take part in the consultation, please complete the online consultation at https://consult.health.govt.nz/neac/national-ethics-standards/ (Citizen Space).

If you cannot complete the consultation online please print out this document, write your submission and send it to:
NEAC Secretariat
Ministry of Health
PO Box 5013
Wellington 6011

If you have any questions about the consultation or how to submit, please contact us by email at neac@moh.govt.nz.

Christchurch father and son scientists making history


Congratulations to Professors Phil and Anthony Butler who have taken their revolutionary work to the next level with the first human scanned through the MARS spectral x-ray scanner.

Manawa Blessing


Manawa, the state-of-the-art hub for health research and education in Christchurch’s Health Precinct is here!

A short blessing ceremony was held on 6 July, ahead of doors opening to health students, researchers, educators and technical staff in the coming weeks.

See here for more information.

Interprofessional Education – The Future of Learning is Here


The Health Precinct Advisory Council are delighted to announce that we will be hosting Dr Margo Brewer – a highly regarded international leader of interprofessional education (IPE) in August (27th-31st). Margo will facilitate workshops targeted at all those involved in teaching and education of health professionals.

See here for more information and to register.

We’re talking health … research talks event


Thank you to our wonderful speakers and members of the public for making this event such a success.

Videos of the talks are now available here.

And two further links to media following the event:

Practising for rare surgery with 3D printing – Jon Wells

Cannabis: What’s the harm? – Joe Boden

Health Precinct Development Opportunity


Ōtākaro are seeking expressions of interest from interested parties for the development of No. 36 Oxford Terrace.

A formal EOI process will be open until 12pm Friday, 27 July 2018. Interested parties can find more information at www.otakaroltd.co.nz/oxfordtce

Read more here

Ōtākaro Roadworks Update


Oxford Gap roadworks are starting soon and the road will be temporarily closed. Read more here.

48 Hour Health Challenge

Weekend of the 24th & 25th March 2018

Twenty students from the Universities of Canterbury and Otago came together for a weekend to develop innovative concepts addressing key challenges faced by our healthcare system.

Congratulations to the winners!

Read more about the 48 Hour Health Challenge

Mars Bioimaging Ltd Innovation Awards


In recent weeks MARS Bioimaging have won several prestigious awards for developing a spectral CT scanner that produces colour x-ray images.

The awards demonstrate how the skill and dedication of the entire MARS team, together with the support of Canterbury and Otago Universities, PowerHouse Ventures, MBIE, Callaghan Innovation and NZTE, and years of commitment and progress, can enable a research project to become a viable NZ export business.

The awards are:

New Zealand Innovation Awards  two awards:

  • Innovation in Health & Science
  • Emerging New Zealand Innovation

Champion Canterbury Awards three awards including the overall winner in the small enterprise category: –

  • Small producer/manufacturer
  • Champion Innovation
  • Supreme Award Small Enterprise

Congratulations Phil, Anthony and your team!

Victorian Healthcare Week 2017


View the presentation Dr. Ian Town delivered at this annual Australian event.

Victorian Healthcare Week presentation 2017 (PDF)

The Press – ‘The Happening Precinct’


Read an in-depth feature article about Te Papa Hauora/ Health Precinct’s progress to date.

Christchurch Press, 08/04/2017



View the live streamed presentation from the Health Precinct Advisory Council Chair, Dr Ian Town and Council members to the Christchurch City Council.

CCC meeting  23/02/2017

Launch of the Health Research Education Facility (HREF)


The Health Precinct Advisory Council is delighted with Canterbury DHB, Ara Institute of Canterbury, and University of Canterbury’s announcement of the HREF. Our thanks and gratitude to the partners and the many people across the many agencies for their work, commitment and dedication in making the HREF a reality and bringing the vision of Te Papa Hauora/ Health Precinct to life.

Council Media Release 6/10/2016

Partners Media Release 6/10/2016

The Health Precinct – a Crown Anchor Project


The Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) through the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), led the early planning and development of the Health Precinct. When CERA disestablished on 18 April 2016 the leadership and governance of the Health Precinct transferred to the Health Precinct Advisory Council.

Read more about the Health Precinct’s planning and history in the CERA document archives.

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