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Massey University
Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa

Motto Floreat scientia (Let knowledge flourish)
Established 1927
Type Public
Chancellor Nigel Gould
Vice-Chancellor Judith Kinnear
Students 42,000 total (2003)
Location Palmerston North, Auckland, Wellington, New Zealand
Campus Urban
Website www.massey.ac.nz

Massey University (Māori: Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa) is New Zealand's largest university with approximately 40,000 students. Image File history File links MasseyLogo_StackedSPOT_med. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A Chancellor is the head of a university. ... A Vice-Chancellor (commonly called the VC) of a university in the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries, and some universities in Hong Kong, is the de facto head of the university. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... Palmerston North (Māori: ) is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ... For the first Duke of Wellington, see Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. ... Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Māori or Te Reo Māori, commonly shortened to Te Reo (literally the language) is an official language of New Zealand. ...



It has campuses in Palmerston North (sites at Turitea and Hokowhitu), Wellington (in the suburb of Mt Cook) and Auckland (at Albany). In addition, Massey offers most of its degrees extramurally within New Zealand and internationally. It has the nation's largest business college. Research is undertaken on all three campuses. Palmerston North (Māori: ) is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Turitea is a suburb of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand. ... Hokowhitu is an area and constituent ward of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand. ... For the first Duke of Wellington, see Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. ... For other uses, see Auckland (disambiguation). ... Albany is a northern suburb of North Shore, one of several cities in the Auckland metropolitan area in northern New Zealand. ...

Massey University is the only university in New Zealand offering degrees in aviation, in dispute resolution, and in veterinary medicine. Having recently been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Massey veterinary school now has the distinction of having its degree recognised not only by New Zealand, but also the United States, Australia, Canada, and Britain, as well as most other countries in the world. This is an honour shared by only a handful of other institutions. Look up aviation in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that Adjudication be merged into this article or section. ... Veterinary medicine is the application of medical, diagnostic, and therapeutic principles to companion, domestic, exotic, wildlife, and production animals. ... The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), founded in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 73,000 US veterinarians working in academia, private and corporate practice, industry, government, and uniformed services. ...

New Zealand's first satellite, KiwiSAT is currently being designed and built by New Zealand Radio Amateurs with the support of Massey, especially in space environment testing. For other uses, see Satellite (disambiguation). ... KiwiSat is to be New Zealands first satellite. ...


Massey University has undergone many name changes and mergers. The New Zealand Agricultural College Act of 1926 established the sixth college of the University of New Zealand (UNZ) at Turitea, across the Manawatu River from Palmerston North City. It drew from the agriculture departments of Victoria University College in Wellington and Auckland University College. The former University of New Zealand existed as New Zealands only degree awarding university from 1870 to 1961. ... Turitea is a suburb of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand. ... The Manawatu River system The Manawatu River is a major river of the southern North Island of New Zealand. ... Palmerston North (Māori: ) is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand. ...

In 1927 the college was renamed Massey Agricultural College after former New Zealand Prime Minister Bill Massey. The Massey Agricultural College Committee first met on 1 February, 1927 and the Batchelar property, near the present Turitea site, was purchased that June. The college was officially opened for tuition on 20 March 1928 by O. J. Hawkin. The Prime Minister of New Zealand is New Zealands head of government and is the leader of the party or coalition with majority support in the Parliament of New Zealand. ... William Ferguson Massey (often known simply as Bill Massey or Farmer Bill) served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1912 to 1925, and was the founder of the Reform Party. ... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

With the demise of the UNZ in 1961, it became Massey College, part of Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). In 1960 a branch of VUW was established in Palmerston North to teach students extramurally. In 1963 this branch amalgamated with Massey College to form Massey University College of Manawatu, and on 25 September, the Massey University Act 1963 made it an independent university as Massey University of Manawatu, with its present name being adopted in 1966. Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Auckland Campus (Albany)

In 1993 the Auckland campus in Albany was created and has grown rapidly in a fast developing part of Auckland's North Shore City. North Shore City (orange). ...


In 1996 the Palmerston North College of Education at Hokowhitu (formerly known as Palmerston North Teachers College) merged with Massey.


In 1999 the Wellington campus was created through a merger with the Wellington Polytechnic.

Academic Structure

The University, today, consists of five colleges:

College of Business

The College of Business at Massey University was founded in 1972 as the School of Business, which later became the Faculty of Business Studies in 1977. The College of Business has existed in its current form since 1997. [1]

Schools and Departments

  • School of Accountancy (including Business Law)
  • School of Aviation
  • Graduate School of Business (including Dispute Resolution Centre)
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Communication and Journalism
  • Department of Economics and Finance
  • Department of Human Resource Management
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Management and International Business
  • Department of Management and Enterprise Development
  • Department of Marketing


College of Creative Arts


[3] Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ...

College of Education

Established in 1996 after the merger between Palmerston North College of Education and Massey University Faculty of Education. [4]

College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Te Kura Pūkenga Tangata)

Schools and Centre

  • School of English and Media Studies (Palmerston North, Wellington, Extramural)
  • School of Health Sciences (All Campuses)
  • School of History, Philosophy and Classics (Palmerston North, Extramural)
  • School of Language Studies (Palmerston North, Wellington, Extramural)
  • School of Māori Studies (Palmerston North, Wellington, Extramural)
  • School of People, Environment and Planning (Palmerston North, Extramural)
  • School of Psychology (All Campuses)
  • School of Social and Cultural Studies (Auckland)
  • School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work (Palmerston North, Wellington, Extramural)
  • Centre for Defence Studies (Palmerston North, Extramural)


College of Sciences


  • Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health (IFNHH)
  • Institute of Fundamental Sciences (IFS)
  • Institute of Information and Mathematical Sciences Te Kura Pūtaio Mōhiohio me Pāngarau (Auckland)
  • Institute of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
  • Institute of Molecular BioSciences (Palmerston North, Auckland)
  • Institute of Natural Resources (INR)
  • Institute of Technology and Engineering (ITE)
  • Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences (IVABS)


Notable alumni


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  • Robert Holmes à Court, entrepreneur (BAgSci, forestry)
  • Alan Kirton, agricultural scientist (BAgrSc and MAgSc)

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Massey University Students' Associations Federation (MUSAF)

Main article: Massey University Students' Associations Federation

The Massey University Students' Associations Federation represents the student bodies at Massey University. MUSAF has three representatives to the Massey University's governing body, the Massey University Council. The Massey University Students Associations Federation (MUSAF) represents the seven (five mainstream, two tangata whenua) student bodies at Massey Universitys three campuses in Palmerston North, Auckland, Wellington and Extramural students. ...

Constituent Members

  • Massey University Students' Association (MUSA)
  • Massey University College of Education Students' Association (MUCESA)
  • Manawatahi
  • Albany Students' Association (ASA)
  • Te Waka o Ngā Ākonga Māori
  • Massey at Wellington Students Association (MAWSA)
  • Massey Extramural Students' Society (EXMSS)

The Albany Students Association (ASA), incorporated in 1999, represents students at Massey Universitys Albany Campus in Auckland, New Zealand. ...

Massey University School of Aviation

On February 9 2006, two Massey University School of Aviation students - Brandon James Gedge, 20, from Tauranga, and Dae Jin Hwang, 27, from West Auckland - flying Piper Warrior II (PA28-161) trainer aircraft, registrations ZK-MBD and ZK-MBL, were involved in a mid-air collision over Opiki, 18km southwest of Palmerston North, at about 10am before crashing on to farm land spreading debris over a 500 square metre area.[7] The Square Trust rescue helicopter, which happened to be in the vicinity, had reported taking evasive action to avoid one of the students just moments earlier.[8] This comment was later withdrawn. The CAA found the accident's probable cause was sun strike. They concluded the two aircraft did not make visual contact and therefore were unable to make avoiding maneuvers. As a result of the accident, special procedures have been set up in the airspace used south of Palmerston North, referred to as the Southern Training Area.[9] The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAA) (Māori: Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa) is the government agency tasked with establishing civil aviation safety and security standards in New Zealand. ...


  • History section of Massey University calendar
  • Pictures from the past, in Massey News

External links

  • Massey University's website
  • 41°18′5.61″S, 174°46′31.88″E

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