Established in 2022. Te Niwha have a vision to ensure that Aotearoa, New Zealand’s response to current, ongoing and emerging infectious disease threats is characterised domestically and internationally as strong, prepared and unified.
By developing bespoke approaches to enhance partnerships between the community, research and science, we aim to build and coordinate domestic research capability to ensure a world-class respond to infectious disease threats in the future.
Funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Te Niwha is hosted in partnership by The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and the University of Otago.
Te Niwha Team
Te Niwha is a partnership between the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and the University of Otago. Te Niwha brings together research providers, Iwi Māori, Pacific Peoples and the community to harness our collective aspirations and leadership to ensure that Aotearoa New Zealand has world-class research capability to respond to serious infectious disease threats.
Te Niwha is supported and guided strategically by our Steering Group and the High-Level Assurance Group. Our technical guidance is provided domestically by Te Kete Mātauranga (Whakamana Māori and Knowledge Advisory Group) and internationally by Te Rōpū Tāwāhi – the International Advisory Group.
The Platform Directorate will provide the strategic oversight of Te Niwha and will house the platform operations team. The operations team oversees the day-to-day activities of the platform including operationlising the work programme, contracting and managing the research, and stakeholder engagement and communications.