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World-leading US-NZ research to combat the threat of forest wildfires

15 May 2024 | news

2024 commemorates 150 years of formal scientific partnership between New Zealand and the United States. Throughout the year, Universities New Zealand-Te Pōkai Tara will highlight brilliant example...

Critic and Conscience Award Winner 2024

10 May 2024 | news

2024 Critic and Conscience of Society Award winner speaks truth to power...

UNZ Newsletter April 2024

18 April 2024 | news

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From the Chair: Navigating the future - Challenges and opportunities for our universities

17 April 2024 | news

Professor Cheryl de la Rey Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor University of Canterbury Chair of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee After much anticipation, the two advisory groups that have ...

Cut, cut, cut - the pressures on our university research system

16 April 2024 | news

Chris WhelanChief ExecutiveUniversities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara One of the best-known scenes from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail is Arthur’s fight against the Black Knight. As limbs...

UNZ welcomes Government’s plans to address university and science system challenges

27 March 2024 | media

Media Release - 27 March, 2024...

Challenging, engaging, rewarding: Semester One at Yale Law School

27 February 2024 | news

2023 Ethel Benjamin Scholarship winner Jessica Fenton on her first semester at Yale Law School...

Celebrating 150 years of scientific partnership with the United States

26 February 2024 | news

This year, Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University and the Chatham Islands Museum, with support from Universities New Zealand Te Pōkai Tara (UNZ), will celebrate the 150-year anniversary of...

Pacific Erasmus+ Week 2024

20 February 2024 | events

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UNZ newsletter December 2023

15 December 2023 | news

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From the Chair: Looking back, looking forward

14 December 2023 | news

Professor Cheryl de la Rey Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor University of Canterbury Chair of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee December is typically a time of excitement and anticipati...

Time passes

14 December 2023 | news

Chris WhelanChief ExecutiveUniversities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara It was exactly ten years ago that I started at Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara. In the ensuing decade I’ve lost some ha...

Briefing to the incoming Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills November 2023

29 November 2023 | news

Read the Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara November 2023 Briefing to the Incoming Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, the Hon Penny Simmonds....

Briefing to the incoming Minister of Science, Innovation and Technology November 2023

29 November 2023 | news

Read the Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara November 2023 Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Science, Innovation and Technology, the Hon Judith Collins....

Briefing to the incoming Minister of Health November 2023

29 November 2023 | news

Read the Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara November 2023 Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Health, the Hon Shane Reti.  

Life at Oxford with help from a Kidson Scholarship

27 November 2023 | news

The Edward and Isabel Kidson Scholarship has helped make the University of Oxford a second home for PhD student Ford Wagner.  ...

UNZ newsletter November 2023

15 November 2023 | news

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To lift productivity and innovation, invest in postgraduate studies

14 November 2023 | news

Chris WhelanChief ExecutiveUniversities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara Earlier in the year Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara contributed to an Education and Workforce Parliamentary Select Comm...

From the Chair: Do we need a Higher Education Funding Review?

14 November 2023 | news

By Professor Cheryl de la Rey Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor University of Canterbury Chair of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee As part of Budget 2023, the previous Government annou...

2024 Rhodes Scholars announced

08 November 2023 | news

Exceptional young leaders in public policy and visual art awarded Rhodes Scholarships Established in 1903, the Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest international scholarship programme, bringing outst...

New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee Financial Statements 2023

31 October 2023 | publications

These are the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2023.

Kiwi Music Scholarship winners - 2023

17 October 2023 | media

  The sound of success – four young Kiwi musicians share their talents with the world Four exceptional young classical musicians have been awarded a 2023 Kiwi Music Scholarship to help them pursue...

Exceptional minds, exceptional futures - 2024 Woolf Fisher Scholarship recipients announced

11 October 2023 | media

Fundamental questions of memory, existence, and reality feature in the research interests of this year’s Woolf Fisher Scholarship recipients....

Submission on Covid-19 lessons - Royal Commission of Inquiry

21 September 2023 | submissions

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara has sent a submission to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Covid-19 lessons.  Read the submission here