June  2021

It was a real pleasure to hold the Future Leaders Programme in mid May and see a different perspective of health issues through the eyes of students reaching the end of their formal training. We had 21 students from a range of health disciplines come together for the week, their closing task was to design a new health system for the South Island. It was so encouraging to see their emphasis on wellness, and a community-based patient centric approach.

Te Papa Hauora with Via Innovations also hosted Techie Brekkie as part of TechWeek2021 in May. Our guests of over 100 (in attendance and on line) heard from Minister Verrall about MOH technology developments, health technology developments in Canterbury and from Steve Wakefield, Chair of HIH explaining the value Canterbury ventures, including HealthOne, bring to our health system

Two good examples of how Te Papa Hauora is adding value to the health system here in Canterbury.

Peter Townsend

28 May 2021

Thanks to everyone who joined our recent Techweek2021 Techie Brekkie. Our guests were treated to a wonderful mihiwhakatau, karakia and waiata from Te Korowai Atawhai team members. A special thank you to event MC Peter Townsend from Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct and keynote speakers the Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall and New Zealand Health Innovation Hub’s Steve Wakefield.

21 May 2021

Congratulations to the 21 enthusiastic final-year health students who took part in our Future Leaders Programme recently. The Programme was designed to encourage the students to think beyond their roles and explore their leadership potential. The course concluded with a full-day group challenge where students designed a South Island health system. IMPRESSIVE! We wish the students all the best finishing their studies, and in their future roles within our health system.

May 2021

Health and well being are very much centre stage at present. With the recent announcements on the Health and Systems Disability Review and ongoing developments with COVID 19, nationally and internationally, the public preoccupation with health-related issues is perfectly understandable. This underlines the import role Te Papa Hauora plays in coordinating activities relating to health education, health research, health-related businesses and technology. I encourage you to keep an eye on our website to ensure you are connected to relevant issues and events.
Peter Townsend

Thank you from the Canterbury Health Innovation Network 

We were thrilled to be involved in the re-ignition of the Canterbury Health Innovation Network first. Thanks to the New Zealand Clinical Research (formerly CCST) for hosting the first event for 2021. It was great to re-connect and hear a little about what’s happening in the Canterbury health tech sector.

Visit the CHI website for more details and don’t forget to subscribe to receive notifications on future events this year.


MONDAY 17 – FRIDAY 21 MAY 2021

Health systems in New Zealand are shaped, and will continue to be shaped, by health professionals who look beyond their functional roles to make it better.


Are you a health student in your final years of study? Join us on this free five-day programme built on the award-wining Xcerlr8 leadership programme.

  • To be held at the Canterbury District Health Board’s Design Lab
  • Monday 17th to Friday 21st May
  • 8:30am to 5.30pm
Click HERE for the information booklet
Click HERE to apply.
Application close Friday 30 April at 5pm. The programme is limited to 20 students.


The University of Canterbury Child Well-being Research Institute is excited to present the 2021 Child Well-being Research Symposium.  This two-day symposium is focused on the latest research findings and their practical implications.  It is a must for practitioners working to support the success and well-being of children and their whanāu.



April 2021
Read Peter Townsend’s article in the latest Metropol’s The Influencers.  He talks about the need to improve the interface between education and the workplace.

April 2021
I hope most of you will get quality time over Easter to relax in what is a very busy and pressured health sector. To those of you providing health services over the Easter period, thanks for all you do, and for the commitment you make. At Te Papa Hauora we continue to build up our offerings. The Future Leaders Programme is a wonderful opportunity for a talented group of young people to explore their potential. We are working on an increasing number of events for the remaining of the year, including presentations on health equity issues, another of the popular ‘We’re Talking Healthy Communities’ event, and specific opportunities for researchers to share their projects.
I encourage you to keep an eye on our activity and get involved.
Happy Easter
Peter Townsend


Wednesday 24 March 2021

Te Papa Hauora is hosting the New Zealand Brain Research Institute’s Brain Health Matters event to mark International Brain Awareness Month.

Come and join us at this free event to hear leading researchers here in Canterbury talk about why your brain health matters.

When: Wednesday 24th March

Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm  (refreshments from 5pm, talks start at 5.30pm)

Where: Manawa Foyer, 276 Antigua St, Christchurch Central

Speaker line-up

Dr Michael MacAskill – Parkinson’s, more than just tremors

Tracy Melzer – Brain imaging research

Dr Nadia Borlase – Trauma and the Earthquake Brain

Dr Teddy Wu – Advances in Clot Retrieval Treatment for Ischaemic Stroke

Professor Tim Anderson – Huntington’s disease, new hope on the horizon

Dr Catherine Theys – Improving identification and treatment of communication difficulties

Professor John Dalrymple-Alford – Dementia, variations, risk and prevention

Registration is essential.  Click here to register.

Research team unlocks strategies driving neuron connections
Collaboration at work – Professor John Dalrymple-Alford of UC’s School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing joined University of Oregon and University of Auckland researchers on a study that used high-resolution imaging and 3-D computer modelling to understand neuron connections.
Research team unlocks strategies driving neuron connections

March 2021
Leadership in Health.
Te Papa Hauora is now in the lead up to the ‘Future Leaders’ Programme’ scheduled for May 17 to 21.
This will involve Health Students who are advanced in their training being exposed to a wide range of health- related interesting topics with a variety of leading health professionals.
It is focused on exploring leadership potential, within health and will give participants a clear perspective of possibilities within the Canterbury Health System. If that sounds like you then I encourage you to apply


The Science Media Centre asks experts from TPH’s partners, Otago University and University of Canterbury, to comment on Covid-19 saliva testing. https://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/…/how-do-the…/
How do the Covid-19 saliva tests stack up? - Expert Reaction



Read Peter Townsend’s article in the Metropol where he talks about Health at the forefront – page 59

January 2021

2021 is promising to be another challenging year in health. At Te Papa Hauora we are well prepared for that.

We have planned a series of events that will increase the profile of health in our region, encourage research findings to be widely disseminated, and support health education at various levels in the system.
We recognise the potential impact of the Health and Systems Disability Review activation, and in that context we will play our part in supporting good health outcomes. The TPH Council has determined that this year we will be putting special emphasis on equity in health which will be reflected in our activity throughout the year.
I look forward to a strong involvement with the health sector and the wider Canterbury community as the year progresses.
Peter Townsend CNZM
Chair – Te Papa Hauora Advisory Council


Merry Christmas and happy holidays from all at Te Papa Hauora

23 December 2020

As 2020 draws to a close,
We leave the year behind us.
A year that put us to the test,
But identified our finest.
The Health Precinct carried on,
Despite the Covid troubles,
We continued to just get along,
By working in our bubbles.
Research was brought to the fore,
As was collaboration,
We promoted health, research, and more,
Especially education.
So as the we take a welcome break,
And can justify the reason,
We wish you all the very best,
And a restful festive season.  (By Peter Townsend)
Thank you for your support this year. We look forward to working with you in a busy and productive 2021.
Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa /Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

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December 2020

Enjoy Peter Townsend’s article in the latest Metropol where he talks about two key players in Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct (TPH) receiving high recognition from their respective institutions. – Page 54

Professor David Murdoch awarded the Distinguished Research Medal

16 December 2020

A huge congratulations to our very own TPH Council Member, Professor David Murdoch, who was recently awarded the Distinguished Research Medal – the highest honour of the University of Otago. Professor Murdoch, based in Christchurch, is a recognised world leader in the study, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, particularly respiratory infections.

Click here for photo

Professor Gail Gillion receiving University of Canterbury 2020 Research Medal

8 December 2020

Congratulations to Professor Gail Gillon, a founding member of the Te Papa Hauora Advisory Council. Gail has received the University of Canterbury’s highest research honour for her internationally renowned work aimed at improving children’s learning and wellbeing, the UC 2020 Research Medal.


3 December 2020

A huge thank you to Stella Ward, and our amazingly talented group of presenters who shared a taste of their innovations at our Manawa Christmas event. It was a fun evening, where we all learnt about some of the technology that’s being developed within our partner institutes to improve health outcomes. A great evening!

Click here for photos of the event.

Health Research Society of Canterbury’s annual poster event

26 November 2020

Thanks to everyone who attended the Health Research Society of Canterbury’s poster evening here at Manawa. Congratulations to Gretel and Sam who won the top prizes on the night. It was great to read about some of the excellent studies taking place here in Canterbury by local researchers.

Here are the winner’s photos –

Gretel  – Developing Next-Generation Adipose Tissue Grafts for Clinical Reconstruction in Breast Cancer​

SamAssessment of combined intracerebroventricular and ocular gene therapy in sheep models of CLN5 Batten disease 

2020 Interprofessional Education and Practice Showcase – held by AUT and Auckland University

20 November 2020

Thank you to those who came and joined us at Manawa on Friday to link into the 2020 Interprofessional Education and Practice Showcase – held by AUT and Auckland University. It was a highly informative day, and great that we could be together. Thanks also to our local clinicians and researchers who presented virtually on the day.

Click here for photos of the event.


HealthTech Supernode Challenge 2020

22 October 2020

Winners of the inaugural HealthTech Supernode Challenge – a national innovation challenge powered by ChristchurchNZ, Kiwinet, and Ryman Healthcare – were announced at the Awards Ceremony held at Manawa in the Health Precinct on 22 October.

After an electrifying and inspiring series of pitches, Richard McCulloch from NextStep was crowned as the Best Startup Team and the Overall Winner of the Challenge! As the overall winner, Richard received a cash prize of $10,000 as well as the potential of a validation contract with Canterbury District Health Board and pre-commercialisation funding from WNT Ventures.

Category winners were:
– Lui Holder-Pearson from Accessible Insulin Pump won the Best Solution from a Student Team category and a $5,000 cash prize;
– Dr. Deborah Munro, D.Eng. from Diagnostic Implantable Sensor System For Spinal Fusion won the Best Solution from a Large Enterprise Team category as well as a $5,000 cash prize;
– Professor Maggie-Lee Huckabee from BiSSkApp won the Best Solution from a Canterbury Team category as well as a $10,000 cash prize;
– Richard Shepherd and his team from HT Systems Kera Transfer Aid won the Best Aged Care Solution category as well as a $5,000 prize.

Click here to read more about these amazing winners.


We’re talking health… research talks 2020

14 October 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended our research talks – held here at Manawa and online.

It was a great evening, some very interesting facts learned and lots of laughs thanks to our singing haematology lecturer Sean!

A special thank you to our speakers. It was enriching to hear about the exceptional research that is being done to improve health outcomes and the well being of our community.

If you missed it – click here to watch a recording of the evening or select the speaker –

Professor Philip Schluter – Oral Health in our Tamariki; Do baby teeth matter?  Click here

Dr  Martin Than – Making a real and meaningful impact in healthcare research.  Click here

Professor Richard Porter – Mood disorders, memory and the brain.  Click here 

Professor Lisa Stamp – Bringing gout out.  Click here.

Dr. Kesava Kovanur Sampath – Spinal manipulation; more than just a click. Click here.

Becky Hickmott – “Not another Katrina”.  Managing vulnerable communities following a disaster. Click here

Professor Julia Rucklidge – Building a healthy brain.  Click here

Performances from Sean Macpherson Consultant Haematologist CDHB – Click here

1. “Pathologically Pleased to See You” (ukulele)

2. “500 Platelets” (electric guitar)


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.


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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