Professor John Raine

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Pro Vice-Chancellor – Research and Innovation

Phone: +64 (9) 921 9634



  • Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK)
  • Chartered Engineer (UK)
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand
  • Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Member of Australasian & South Pacific Association of Collision Investigators
  • Member of the Institute of Independent Forensic Practitioners (NZ)


Following completion of his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a brief period lecturing, Professor Raine worked in the UK Engine and Vehicle Test Plant industry for seven years in product development and technical management before returning to the University of Canterbury in 1984 to teach Engineering Mechanics, Engineering Design and Industrial Management. John Raine has subsequently held positions including Head of Mechanical Engineering (1998-2001) and Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise and International) (1999-2004) at the University of Canterbury, and Regional Chief Executive (Albany and International) at Massey University (2004-2010). He has authored or co-authored over 100 conference and journal publications and over 240 technical research and consulting reports.

John Raine has been a member of the Ministry of Economic Development Design Task Force, the Governance Boards of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and NanoTechnology, and IPENZ. He was chairman of the board of REANNZ Ltd, the Crown company managing the advanced research and education broadband network (2009-2015). He chaired the Performance Based Research Fund Engineering, Technology and Architecture panel in the 2006 Research Quality Assessment and was Principal Moderator for the 2012 PBRF Research Quality Assessment.

Research Areas:

Professor Raine’s more recent research interests have primarily been around engines, alternative energy systems, design methodology and vehicle crash analysis. In 1995, he co-founded with Dr Don Clucas the Christchurch-based company WhisperTech Ltd, manufacturers of Stirling engine based micro combined heating and power systems. In 1996, John and Don won the Premier Rutherford Award for their Stirling engine research work at the University of Canterbury. He has consulted to business and industry in technology evaluation and forensic engineering. Over the past eighteen years he has consulted to the Police and legal counsel in vehicle crash analysis.