Massey University

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Not to be confused with Massey College.
Massey University
Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa
Massey University logo.gif
Motto Floreat scientia (Let knowledge flourish)
Established 1927
Type Public
Chancellor Chris Kelly[1]
Vice-Chancellor Hon. Steve Maharey
Students 33,904[2]
Location Palmerston North, Auckland (Albany), Wellington, New Zealand
Campus Urban

Massey University (Māori: 'Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa') is a university located in Palmerston North, New Zealand, Albany, New Zealand and Wellington, New Zealand. Massey University has approximately 35,000 students, 17,000 of whom are extramural or distance learning students.[2]

Massey University has campuses in Palmerston North (sites at Turitea and Hokowhitu), Wellington (in the suburb of Mount Cook) and Auckland (at Albany).[3] It also has a business school accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Research is undertaken on all three campuses. More than 3000 international students from more than 100 countries study at the university.[4]

Massey University is the only university in New Zealand offering degrees in aviation, dispute resolution, veterinary medicine and nanoscience. Massey's veterinary school is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and is recognised in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Britain. Its agriculture programme is the highest ranked in New Zealand and 19th in Quacquarelli Symonds' (QS) world university subject rankings.[5] Massey's Bachelor of Aviation (Air Transport Pilot) is an internationally recognised and accredited qualification and is the first non-engineering degree to be recognised by the Royal Aeronautical Society (1998) and has ISO9001-2000 accreditation.

Key facts[edit]

From 2008 Annual Report[6]

  • $374 Million Operating Revenue
  • $57 Million external Research and Contract Funding
  • 3127 Staff (Full-Time Equivalent)
  • 33,905 Students (19,432 EFTS)
  • 27251 Undergraduate Students (15,070 EFTS)
  • 7212 Postgraduate Students (3,428 EFTS)
  • 1046 Doctorate Students (934 EFTS)
  • 112 Doctoral Completions
  • 3384 Māori Students
  • 895 Pasifika Students
  • 2447 Students with Disability
  • 2 National Centres of Research Excellence (and numerous University-based Research Centres)
  • Hosts the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence
  • The University has almost 100 formal academic arrangements with overseas institutions
  • Massey is the 10th largest user of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in New Zealand


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.[citation needed]

In 1927 the college was renamed Massey Agricultural College after former New Zealand Prime Minister William Fergusson Massey who died in 1925 and had been vigorous in land reform efforts. 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.[citation needed] Women were admitted from 1932, with Enid Hills being the first.[7]

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 by distance education, known as extramural study. 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.[citation needed]

Inaugurated in 1993, classes began at Massey's Albany campus in 1994.[8]

In December 2010 Massey announced that the Wellington campus would close its School of Engineering and Advanced Technology the next month. Students were offered places at either the Albany or Manawatu campuses with compensation, but those who could not make the move and chose to undertake their degree elsewhere were given no compensation, and only a few papers were able to be cross-credited.[9]

The College of Health was launched in February 2013 [10] with three broad goals: promoting health and wellbeing, disease and injury prevention and protecting people and communities from environmental risks to health.


Graduates in Wellington

Massey University has campuses in the Manawatu at Palmerston North (sites at Turitea and Hokowhitu), at Wellington (in the suburb of Mt Cook) and on Auckland's North Shore 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.

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.

Manawatu Campus[edit]

The Manawatu campus in Palmerston North consists of two locations at Turitea and Hokowhitu. The campus has around 9,000 students.[11]

The Turitea site houses the main administrative units of Massey University as well as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Sciences, and the Business School. The Turitea site is home to the only Veterinary School in New Zealand. In 2013 the College of Education became the Institute of Education and is part of College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Albany Campus[edit]

Part of Massey University's Albany Campus in 2005

Since 1993 the Auckland campus in Albany has grown rapidly in a fast developing part of Auckland's North Shore City. Science and Business are the two largest colleges on the campus with the College of Science housing the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study solely on the campus. Around 7,000 students are enrolled at Albany.[12] This campus has grown since then and has an on-campus accommodation facility expected to be operational from semester one 2015.[13]

Wellington Campus[edit]

In 1999 the Wellington campus was created through the acquisition of the Wellington Polytechnic. Part of Massey Wellington sits inside the New Zealand Dominion Museum building. The Wellington campus primarily specializes in Design (College of Creative Arts), Music (New Zealand School of Music) as well as Business, Communication and Media Studies. It has around 4,000 students.[14]


Extramural study first began in 1960 and Massey University is New Zealand's largest and pre-eminent provider of distance education.[15] Massey is known for its flexible learning and innovative delivery options and this tradition continues in the use of elearning.

The University is currently embarking on a major project to further digitise its distance delivery and has recently adopted Moodle (branded as Stream) as its new Learning Management System (LMS).[16][17]

Notable alumni[edit]




Notable faculty[edit]

Notable faculty, past or present include:

Massey University Students' Association[edit]

The Massey University Students' Association (MUSA) represents the student bodies at Massey University. MUSA has three representatives to the Massey University's governing body, the Massey University Council.

Constituent Members[edit]



OWENS, J.M.R. Campus Beyond the Walls: The First 25 Years of Massey University's Extramural Programme Palmerston North, Dunmore Press Ltd, 1985. (ISBN 0864690479) Available free from Massey at [1]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°23′05″S 175°37′00″E / 40.3848°S 175.6166°E / -40.3848; 175.6166