The role of Te Ru Rangahau is to support and promote the Strategy for Māori Development of the University of Canterbury, in particular, the following goals:
- to support the advancement of Indigenous postgraduates in the College
- to advance research that is responsive to Māori and Indigenous needs and aspirations
- Encourage and facilitate meaningful engagement with iwi Māori at the conceptual stage of research planning, with ongoing support and advice as needed.
- Provide timely Māori consultation for research proposals for those seeking external funding.
- Assist the College of Education, Health and Human Development to be aware of and engage with the Māori research funding environment.
- Facilitate overseas scholars whose research and teaching interests and aspirations are in tandem with Māori and Indigenous development, and the development of minoritised communities
- Ensure that that all research is conducted in a manner that is consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi principles, with appropriate cultural oversight and advice for both researchers and research participants.
- Help to raise the profile of Māori research by promoting culturally responsive research processes and practices through symposia, and university-wide communications about research opportunities and successes