EIT is a vibrant, innovative and research-led tertiary education institute. Research emphasis is placed on community-centred research and Rangahau Māori in collaboration with East Coast industry, iwi and organisations, as well as with colleagues in Te Pūkenga and other tertiary institutions. Our research addresses East Coast regional business, iwi and local community concerns as well as broader National, and in some areas, International, issues. Find out more here.

Community Health

EIT’s Health Research highlights the important and innovative research into health-related issues in the Schools of Nursing and Recreation & Sport, as well as those with other EIT and external collaborators. 

The aims are to advance health knowledge, clinical practice, health management and health education through high quality research.  This also creates opportunity to foster collaborative health research and create links between EIT and research partners.

Rangahau Māori

Raangahau Māori has emerged as an important component in the community-focused research strategy of EIT Te Aho a Māui. EIT has committed itself to actively pursuing and promoting this. A number of significant projects from health and food security to archiving are being undertaken.

Innovative Education

EIT researchers undertake research in educational practices and pedagogies in a broad range of areas, from International Student recruitment practices to use of technology and innovative learning environments in teaching practices, and methods to enhance Māori student success. Read more about some of our innovative projects creating real benefits for our learners here.

Creativity and Curation

EIT has a long history in the creative arts through our IDEAschool in Hawke’s Bay and Toihoukura school of Māori Visual Arts in Tairāwhiti. Our artists and lecturers are internationally recognised in their fields. Read more about recent projects here.

Sustainable Futures

EIT is committed to ensuring that operations across all of our campuses are more sustainable, and to enable our graduates to carry out their professions sustainably. To this end, our researchers conduct projects to improve practices and to understand more about the workplaces of the future. Read more about some of these here.

Research news

Here are some projects and activity by our researchers that have been making the news.

June 2022

May 2022

April 2022

March 2022

February 2022

December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

Regenerative Agriculture and the future of farming in the spotlight

August 2021

EIT research project shortlisted for prestigious awards

July 2021

EIT pays tribute to Professor Kay Morris-Matthews

June 2021

Olympic star uses EIT research facilities to prepare

May 2021

EIT Professor honoured

Developing the potential of Rangahau Māori

April 2021

Opinion: Time for a new way to save our Māori & Pasifika pēpi

Q&A with our researchers

EIT has many talented researchers who are conducting meaningful community research. In this Q&A series we find out why they love research, what they currently working on and how EIT has encouraged them in their research.



Q&A with Dr Emily Nelson

Dr Emily Nelson

Q&A with Surej P. John

Surej P John

Q&A with Dr Mazin Bahho

Dr Mazin Bahho

Q&A with Tom Pierard

Tom Pierard

Q&A with Dr Emre Erturk

Dr Emre Erturk

Research Showcase

Contact Us

Please contact one of the members of the Research and Innovation Centre to discuss your research needs.

Research Director
Jonathan Sibley, PhD

Research Professor
David Tipene-Leach, NZOM, PhD

Professor of Rangahau Māori
Annemarie Gillies, PhD

Research Operations Manager
Megan Allardice

Emeritus Professor
Kay Morris Matthews, PhD


Spotlight on Early Career Researchers

Jane Qin


Jane Quin

In this feature we interview staff members who have been identified as Early Career Researchers. In the spotlight is Jane Qin, Wine Science Lecturer in the School of Viticulture and Wine Science.

What is your highest qualification and where and when did you finish it?
Master of Horticultural Science (in Viticulture and Oenology), Lincoln University, 2016.

What is your role at EIT and what courses do you teach?
I am a wine science lecturer and also help with viticulture courses.

  • Chemistry in wine science
  • Wine sensory science
  • Fundamentals of wine
  • Flavour farming

What areas do you specialise in?

  • Wine chemistry
  • Sensory science
  • Grapevine physiology

What research have you been involved in either last year or this year?
To investigate chemical compounds and their contribution to mouthfeel of chardonnay wines, and how winemaking techniques could alter the mouthfeel perception of chardonnay wines.

In collaboration with Dr Ye, we have selected 17 HB chardonnay wines. We had a panel of 3 wine experts who tasted those 17 wines and further selected 8 wines that in their opinion, are good examples of HB chardonnay wines. From there, we run sensory Napping® by employing another 10 wine experts.

For my own individual project, chemical and physical analyses have been conducted and I also did a winemaking survey. At this stage, I haven’t finalised the results yet and I am still waiting for more data to come in. What I have found so far,

  • Extended skin contacts and the usage of oak barrels or oak chips resulted in high phenolic content in wine.
  • Wine experts who participated in Napping® are able to distinguish those phenolic wines from the others.
  • Wines from the same producer must share some similarities in winemaking, based on the consensus map produced from Napping®, although the grapes were sourced from different sub-regions.

The next step is to overlay sensory descriptors, chemical data and the winemaking questionnaire onto the sensory consensus map produced from Napping®, which will help us,

  • Understand the logic or sorting criteria why panellists grouped wines like that.
  • Making the connections which chemical compound or a group of them may be responsible for a specific mouthfeel perception.
  • Making the connections which winemaking technique could alter the mouthfeel of chardonnay wines.

How important is research to you as an academic?
Doing research helps me stay tuned. The current research that I am conducting is especially relevant with the subjects I am teaching, e.g., Sensory Science, Chemistry in Wine Science, and Fundamentals of wine. Research allows me to update my knowledge and course materials, and while teaching those courses, it sparkles my interests in doing more research.

How supportive is EIT in encouraging you to do research?
We have a regular research meeting at our school, where all researchers and technicians present ideas and suggestions. Collaboration is always encouraged. Our head of school, Sue Blackmore is especially supportive and held a symposium last year, and hopefully will have another one this year. The symposium allows us to showcase the research we did or about to conduct, pair up with others who are in the same research field, and gather ideas and suggestions.

Staff at the Research and Innovation Centre are helpful and had given me suggestions on writing up grant application, making budgets and help me to keep track of my budget.

Jadwiga at the library also helped with sourcing research literatures.

Te Pae Tawhiti – EIT Teaching and Learning Conference

ITP Research Symposium 2019

The 2019 ITP Research Symposium, an annual event, was held for the first time at EIT.  This was a hugely successful two-day event over 15 & 16 April which saw over 200 delegates attending from thirteen ITPs.  There were 63 presentations in total (22 of these by EIT researchers) which were themed around “community-centred research”.

Four strands within this included:

  • Engaged arts
  • Inspired teaching & learning
  • Community Health
  • Sustainable

EIT co-hosted this event with Otago Polytechnic which provided a great opportunity for us to strengthen our links with this institution.  One highlight of the event was a public concert held at the MTG showcasing Professor Matthew Marshall (guitar), Tessa Petersen (violin) and Heleen du Plessis (cello) and incorporating poetry narrated by Dame Kate Harcourt & Sir Jon Trimmer. 

Two exhibitions were also held – one at IDEAschool and one by Toihoukura at Te Ūranga Waka.  These involved art work contributions from five institutions and around 30 artists.

A public display was mounted at the arrivals lounge of Hawke’s Bay Airport which profiled this event.   Our grateful thanks to the IDEAschool team who were involved in setting up this display.

We are grateful to the Research & Innovation Centre for organising this successful event which showcased EIT research as well as research from across the ITP sector.  Particular mention should be given to Professor Nat Waran, Associate Professor Jonathan Sibley, Professor Matthew Marshall along with Pippa McKelvie-Sebileau and Louise Bevin for their efforts in organising this successful event.