News & Publications

Exciting Opportunity – Executive Officer Position


Do you want to be part of something very special? Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct is seeking an Executive Officer to provide operational leadership support to assist the Chair and Council. To learn more about this position please visit


New Health Precinct Advisory Council Chair Appointed


Canterbury DHB Chief Executive Officer David Meates has today announced the appointment of well-known Cantabrian Peter Townsend, CNZM as Independent Chair of the Health Precinct 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:

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 (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

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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