Professor | Director Ngāi Tahu Research Centre

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Jun 2024

Ngāi Tahu Research Centre
Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (permanent) position
  • Generous annual leave provisions and professional development opportunities

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!
He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mahi a te Director of Ngāi Tahu Research Centre? Nāia te pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei.

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do
As the Professor | Director of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre (NTRC), you will be providing academic and people leadership to the NTRC as well as having a focus on Māori research and scholarship at UC. The University and Ngāi Tahu are committed to a collaborative partnership aimed at enhancing Māori research capacity to support Iwi in achieving their aspirations. This includes priority research areas such as tribal economic development, governance and government building, environmental sustainability, and health. The role requires expertise in a discipline aligned with NTRC's priorities, exceptional and innovative teaching, and the pursuit of high-quality research, scholarship, or creative work. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for strategic planning, securing funding, fostering interdisciplinary collaborations, and promoting indigenous methodologies and perspectives.

With a national and international reputation within your discipline, it is expected that the role will supervise master's thesis and PhD students. As a Professor, you will also mentor new Supervisors and demonstrate academic leadership across the University, taking a significant role in Faculty and University business; serving on internal and external committees and leading initiatives that support the achievement of UC strategic and operational objectives as guided by the Pou Whakarae.

Mōu | Who You Are
The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre is looking to appoint a Professor as the Director of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. You will possess in-depth knowledge and a strong interest in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, New Zealand history and law, tribal economics, and Mahinga kai. Your expertise will reflect a profound understanding of these areas and their relevance to indigenous research, development, and community engagement. You have a deep connection and understanding of Ngāi Tahu, combined with effective stakeholder engagement and relationship-building skills. You will adeptly navigate interactions with Iwi, academic peers, governmental bodies, and other relevant organizations to advance research initiatives beneficial to NTRC and Iwi. You will be experienced in working with academic and professional/general staff, and a range of different organizations to enhance research of benefit to Iwi. As well as your innovative and insightful research and a publication track record, you will have strong and proven leadership and team building skills, that will be used to support building and growing the capability of the NTRC team.

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With
The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre (NTRC) was founded for the purpose of being a leader in indigenous scholarship and to provide a centre for the intellectual capital and development for Ngāi Tahu, the principal Māori iwi of the southern region of New Zealand. The Centre was established in August 2011 as a joint initiative between Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury. NTRC collaborates closely with leading scholars and institutions internationally and are recognised as thought leaders in indigenous tribal development.

To learn more about our team and the work we do, visit our Ngāi Tahu Research Centre  page.

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

Ngā Uara | Our Values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga guide our decisions and behaviour and provide a roadmap for how we do things at UC, affirming our commitment to pastoral care and support for our ākonga and staff. They challenge and inspire us to be the best we can, and make UC a great place to work and study. For more info on Ngā Uara | Our Values visit us here .

We are committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us:

For more information about Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, please visit

The closing date for this position is: 21st June 2024 (midnight, NZ time)
Please note, applications will be reviewed as they are received, and interviews may take place before the close date.


Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted via our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume.

Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to [email protected]

You must have Aotearoa New Zealand or Australian citizenship/permanent residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered.

Job Details
Reference # 20811
Posted on 06 Jun 2024
Closes on 21 Jun 2024 23:55
Location(s) Christchurch
Expertise General Mgmt/Executive, Human Resources, Professor, Research & Development
Job level(s) Academic, Experienced, Management
Work type(s) Continuing (Permanent) full-time
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