News & Publications

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

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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