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News and Events

2016 Pacific Artist in Residence

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Creative New Zealand and the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies are pleased to announce that the application for the Pacific Artist in Residence 2016 Programme is now open. Creative New Zealand/Macmillan Brown Centre invites application from traditional or contemporary Pacific Artists in the fields of textiles, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, and literary & performing arts to apply for the Pacific Artist in Residence award.

Application will be closing on 29 February 2016. Click here for more information about the Pacific Artist in Residence Programme.

2016 Courses in Pacific Studies

For all PACS courses enquiries, please contact Patricia Ydgren, phone: +64 3 364 2977, fax: +64 364 2977, email: patricia.ydgren@canterbury.ac.nz


The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies is pleased to announce the establishment of Marsden-funded to support Master’s thesis students who are undertaking research related to regional security in the Pacific in 2015. Potential applicants should read the terms and regulations for these awards on the Scholarships page of our web site.


November 2015

Pacific Regional Security Symposiummbcfundraiser

Theme: Re-thinking the regional security: Research and policy nexus
25 - 26 November 2015
University of Canterbury

Information and registration for the conference.


October 2015

Macmillan Brown Public Lecture

Cancellation of MBC Public Lecture scheduled 27 October 2015
We regret to announce that the Macmillan Brown Centre Public Lecture scheduled today is CANCELLED and is re-scheduled for early next year because the speaker, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, was admitted to hospital in Auckland this morning upon arrival at the Auckland Airport from New Caledonia. Our thoughts are with him and we hope he gets better soon. We apologize for the cancellation and regret any inconvenience caused. We will update you on future developments.


March 2015

MBC Student Collective - Cyclone Pam Fundraisermbcfundraiser

Film: The Island President
Date: Friday 27 March
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Undercroft 101. Map

The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (MBC) Student Collective is hosting a movie night on Friday. All proceeds to be donated to Red Cross relief efforts in Vanuatu.

Seats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own snacks and beanbags.

We really want raise as much awareness and funds for the cause as we can. We hope to see you there!

For more information visit the MBC Student Collective's Facebook event or contact ashalyna.noa@canterbury.ac.nz.

August 2014

Research Associate

Kathy Foi is joint Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and Department of History visiting scholar from 16 August to 1 September. Kathy is writing her MA thesis at University of the South Pacific on History. Her research is on Twomey hospital (patients and their treatment esp with the introduction of MDT). Her other area of interest is Catholic History in Fiji. Kathy’s father did part of his medical training on Makogai and worked with the Twomey patients from 1989 – 2003. While visiting UC Kathy will be conducting research and helping in identifying and cataloging artifacts and images from the Pacific Leprosy Foundation Archive held in the Macmillan Brown Library. On 28 August, Kathy will also be presenting at the UC Pacific Development Group's 'Pasifika Research Symposium' a talanoa (story) on the experience of leprosy patients on Makogai Island Fiji. 

For more information on her presentation please see: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/pacificstudents/symposium/index.shtml


May 2014

Winding Up The British Empire in the Pacific Islands

Professor W. David McIntyre (Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies) has published Winding Up The British Empire in the Pacific Islands (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

This important study forms part of the Companion Series to the Oxford History of the British Empire.

The book highlights the impact of ‘international anti-colonialism’ on British policy in the Pacific’s ‘grand transition’ and considers the roles played by Australia and New Zealand. McIntyre argues that the ‘death warrant’ of Empire took place much later than previously thought: a Heath government review in 1973 ‘promoted accelerated decolonization which was brought to fruition by the later Callaghan and Thatcher governments’.