3 Minute Thesis Competition

3MT® Thesis Competition 2020

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is pleased to once again host the Indigenous Post-Graduate 3 Minute (3MT®) Thesis Competition at the 9th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference 2020.

When: Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Where: University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn Building, Lecture Theatre 260-098

Time: 8.45-10.30am



  • Open to ALL New Zealand Māori, Pacific and Indigenous international students currently enrolled in a PhD at a tertiary institution.
  • ALL online entries (including Supervisor Nomination form) must be received by Friday, 4 September 2020.

Terms & Conditions of Entry:

  • This exciting event offers New Zealand Māori, Pacific and Indigenous international students, currently enrolled in a PhD at a tertiary institution, the chance to present their research to a global audience and compete for some sponsored prizes. There are only 10 places available in the competition. Selection of the competitors will be at the discretion of the Organising Committee.
  • PLEASE read the additional information, competition rules and judging criteria 

Announcing Prizes:

  • $1,000NZD cash stipend for the Best Presentation in te reo Māori.
  • $1,000NZD cash stipend for the Best Presentation in English.
  • $500 cash stipend for Audience Favourite.
  • Sponsored book prizes.
  • Other "spot" prizes.

For further details please contact:

Dr Karyn Paringatai, IIRC20 3MT® Competition Chair
Te Tumu - School of Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies
University of Otago


  • Doctoral candidates whose thesis is under examination are eligible to compete; however, students who have had their degree conferred do not qualify. 
  • Candidates accept that their participation in this competition may be photographed and filmed and these made available across the host’s, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s website and social media sites. 
  • Candidates must be registered to attend Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s 9th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference - IIRC20 to be eligible for selection. 

IIRC20 3MT® Competition Rules:

  1. A single PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations, or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. 
  2. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration. 
  3. No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  4. No other props (e.g. musical instruments) are allowed.
  5. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum. Slides will be automatically set to a 3-minute timer. The timer will start as soon as the slide appears and end as soon as the slide disappears. 
  6. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps, songs, or other types of performances). 
  7. The presentation can be given in either English or te reo Māori.
  8. The decision of the Judges Panel is final. 

Judging Criteria:

  • Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience? 
  • Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the thesis topic? 
  • Engagement: did the presentation make the audience want to know more?


Applicant Information & Files

No more than 300 words

Supervisor’s Nomination 

Please enter the name of your nominating supervisor and upload a signed copy of the supervisor's nomination form below. This form is downloadable above.

Files must be less than 12 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg pdf doc docx.