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Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI)

The opening of the Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) represents a major milestone in the development of Māori-focused teaching and research at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

The institute is dedicated to the memory of Irihapeti Ramsden, who made a considerable contribution to Māori health.

The institute’s main activities include:

  • Contributing to the development and implementation of the undergraduate medical curriculum
  • Evaluation of Māori focused curriculum initiatives
  • Contributing to both undergraduate and postgraduate health science papers
  • Supporting Māori medical and other students, including through a School-wide professional development strand
  • Supervision and mentoring of Māori researchers and non-Māori undertaking research alongside Māori participants. (This includes summer studentships, dissertations and theses.)
  • Undertaking Māori-focused research, both university and community based
  • Collaborating with other groups and Departments within the School to develop and implement research
  • Contributing to the development/implementation and evaluation of Māori focused health programmes
  • Providing advice and contributing to policy development within the school and university wide
  • Working to support Iwi research development
  • Working with Māori colleagues from other university-based health centres in research and teaching
  • Contributing to National Māori health networks
  • Contributing to local and national health committees and working groups
  • International collaboration with indigenous health organisations from other countries

In addition to the above, all clinical staff within MIHI will continue to practise clinically within the community as part of their role with the institute.

Postal Address

MIHI (Māori/Indigenous Health Institute)
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
New Zealand

Physical Address

45 Cambridge Terrace


64 3 364 3688