Professor John Raine

Consultant Profile

Professor John Raine
Pro Vice Chancellor – Research and Innovation
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Qualifications: BE(Hons), PhD (Canterbury)

Memberships & Affiliations: & DistFIPENZ, FIMechE, MSAE, MIFPI


Joint winner of Premier Rutherford Award with Dr Don Clucas 1996

Research Areas:

Engines and Alternative Energy Systems, Engine and Vehicle Testing; Design Methodology, Vehicle Crash Analysis; Technology Innovation

Current Research Projects:

Employed full time in management; PhD co-supervision only, on energy and design related projects

Current Consulting Areas & Projects:

Consulting to NZ Police and legal counsel on vehicle crash analysis; occasional consultancy in technology evaluation


107 publications and 227 consulting or technical reports – details available on request



Head of School of Engineering (2010-2013);Pro Vice Chancellor – Innovation and Enterprise (2010-2013); Pro Vice Chancellor – Research and Innovation (2014 - ) at Auckland University of Technology
2004-2010 Deputy Vice Chancellor/Regional Chief Executive, Massey University, Albany
1984 – 2004 Academic roles to leading Professor (1998) at the University of Canterbury; Pro Vice Chancellor – Enterprise and International (1999-2004)
1975-77; 1980-1984 Technical Services Engineer, Engineer in Charge of Advanced Products; Technical Manager, Froude Consine Limited, Manufacturers of Engine and Vehicle Test Plant.
Earlier Years University of Canterbury, as student and academic staff member.

Board Activity

2012 - current Board of Directors of AUT Enterprises Ltd

Chair, Board of Directors, REANNZ Ltd, (Crown owned company responsible for KAREN Advanced Research and Education Broadband Network)

2008 - 2010Governance Board of Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (IPENZ)
2007Board of Directors of the Committee for Auckland Ltd
2006 - 2010Board of Directors of Massey University e-centre Ltd
2005 - 2008Governance Board of Connect Auckland/Connect New Zealand
2004Board of Trustees of Rotary National Science and Technology Forum

2002 - 2009

Member, Governance Board for the MacDiarmid Institute (CoRE) for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
2001 - 2004Leader, establishment group for the Human Interface Technology Laboratory of New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) and Director of Hit Lab NZ Ltd  (partnership with University of Washington, Seattle)
2000 - 2004Co-founder and Director of Canterbury Innovation Incubator Ltd
1999 - 2004Founder and Director of University of Canterbury commercialisation company Canterprise Ltd, (and responsible for development of UC policy on staff commercial activities and technology transfer.) Chairman of Directors March-September 2003
1995 - 2000Co-founder and Director of Whisper Tech Ltd; co-negotiated $2.75M venture funding from Southpower Ltd (now Orion Ltd)
1996 - 2004Board of Directors of Centre for Advanced Engineering
1999 - 2002Director (for University of Canterbury), Electropure Ltd



Chaired Ministry of Science and Innovation Powering Innovation Review.

2002 -2004

Member of Ministry of Economic Development Design Task Force


Member of NZ Police HQ working party on traffic crash investigation.