New food research building called Te Ohu Rangahau Kai

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The AgResearch and Massey University joint food science building under construction at the Manawatū campus will be known as Te Ohu Rangahau Kai.

The AgResearch and Massey University joint food science building under construction at the Manawatū campus will be known as Te Ohu Rangahau Kai.

The name was selected by representatives from Massey University’s Māori Language Advisory Group and staff of Te Pūtahi-a-Toi and the School of Food and Advanced Technology and agreed between AgResearch, Massey University and Riddet Institute staff who will work there.

Te Ohu Rangahau Kai, which translates as the work or workplace of food researchers, celebrates the activities that will be undertaken within the 5075m2 building.

It will house up to 140 researchers. In addition to general office-spaces, it will have 1800m2 of laboratories and 900m2 of meat and dairy pilot plants. Food pilot plants are small factories that enable developers to create and test new products. The new section of the pilot plant will be immediately adjacent to the current Massey University Food Pilot, which is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, meaning a significant enhancement of the facilities in close proximity that increase services to the food industry.

Expected completion of the building is March, with people due to move in the following month, when the building will be officially opened.

Call for social work to be ‘decolonised’

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Dr Paulē Ruwhiu recently graduated with a PhD from Massey University.


A Massey University researcher is calling for social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand to be decolonised. Social work lecturer Dr Paulè Ruwhiu, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, has just completed her PhD research into the process of decolonisation and the experiences of Māori social workers and Māori social work students.

Dr Ruwhiu says current programmes focus on western models, with Māori content as a curriculum add-on. “I’ve got no problems teaching the western models, but I do have a problem when I can’t see my own culture in the courses delivered, particularly when social workers will go out to communities where the service users are mainly Māori and Pasifika.”

She would like to see decolonisation topics, such as historical discourses, racism, privilege and cultural dominance, feature in degree courses so students can be aware of their own cultural positioning and how it affects the way they work with clients. She would also like to encourage Māori models of practice, Māori principles and experiential learning through noho marae.

“What I found is that we are too busy talking about the impacts of colonisation, which creates a deficit focus for Māori as the oppressed, with an emphasis on how Māori can work with Pākehā, not the other way around.”

She says Pākehā also need to face themselves and work through what their obligations and responsibilities are in Aotearoa New Zealand under te Tiriti o Waitangi.

“You need to know who you are before you work with others – that’s our social work mantra. You’ve got to be comfortable in who you are.” 

The importance of identity is something Dr Ruwhiu knows first-hand. It was when she came to study at Massey University that she started to explore her own Māori heritage. She saw a lot of self-identity issues with tangata whaiora (clients) when working in Māori mental health and then, as a lecturer, found many students were disconnected from their culture.

A decolonisation process for students is the first in a three-tier change framework Dr Ruwhiu has developed in her thesis. The second tier is around education and practice in social work so that western and tangata whenua or indigenous models work together in a parallel curriculum. The third focuses on policy and lays a challenge to the Social Workers Registration Board. “We need to have the registration board as role models in leading decolonisation frameworks within our profession,” she says.

The current process to be registered as a social worker in Aotearoa New Zealand requires a written application proving you understand three Māori principles, but Dr Ruwhiu says this is not a tangata whenua process.

“We’re face-to-face people, so writing on a piece of paper, ‘This is how I work with tangata whenua’, is not a fair process for everyone. A fair process requires a kanohi ki te kanohi [face to face] situation.”

She says recent challenges to Oranga Tamariki indicate Māori are no longer prepared to accept the status quo and she believes the process of decolonisation needs to be a central tenet in the social work profession to move forward in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Head of Massey University’s Social Work School Associate Professor Kieran O’Donoghue says Dr Ruwhiu’s work will provide much-needed guidance for training future generations.

“The decolonisation process for Māori social workers and Māori social work students developed by Dr Ruwhiu is an outstanding and needed contribution for indigenous social work internationally. It also provides a map for the transformation of the social work profession and how we educate social workers in Aotearoa New Zealand over the next decade.”

New manager appointed for Te Rau Tauawhi, Māori Student Centre

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Eugene Hepi


The wellbeing of Māori students is in good hands with the appointment of Eugene Hepi as manager of Massey’s Te Rau Tauawhi, Māori Student Centre.

Eugene will move into the role from the Student Recruitment team where he worked to support students coming to Massey and he says that experience has given him an understanding of the issues new students face.  “University life is really foreign and unknown for many and I’m excited to be able to break down barriers for students and give them the message that there is heaps of support here for them – they can do this.”

Te Rau Tauawhi now has staff on all three campuses to support Māori students and Eugene says he’s been pleased to see the growing numbers making the centre their home. But he knows there are many Māori students still uncomfortable about reaching out for help.

“My personal vision is for those who don’t firstly acknowledge themselves as Māori to know there is a place where they can feel comfortable. People may think they have to be able to speak te reo Māori to come to Te Rau Tauawhi or may feel they have to have a really strong cultural upbringing.  Personally, I’m still uncomfortable in some Māori spaces sometimes but when I feel uncomfortable, I know it’s my challenge to become comfortable. I want to really encourage students to start their journey and get over the worry they might not fit in.“

Helping others reach their full potential has always been part of Eugene’s life.  After 16 years with the NZ Army as a physical training instructor he worked with disadvantaged youth at the High Wire Charitable Trust in Auckland before moving back to Palmerston North where he co-founded an organisation called Organic Development that provides resilience and leadership programmes to corporates and sports teams.

Sport has also been a large part of his life and his representative honors include Manawatu Rugby and NZ Open Mens Touch, including two World Cups. “I’ve been very fortunate to experience the benefits that come from maintaining purposeful well-being and the real reward is seeing my two children also develop this mentality where health and well-being is important to them.” Eugene says one of his greatest achievements in this space is having his son, Carson, playing alongside him at an elite level.

Eugene says while University was never a first option when he was growing up, he’s glad that it is for his son and daughter and he’s keen to ensure all Māori students have the support to excel in tertiary study.  He’s looking forward to helping students thrive through Te Rau Tauawhi and even encouraging their health and well-being. “I see them eating their pies and their chips and I think – well we won’t stop that, but we might just add some education around healthy options.  They might see their vege bin full for once.”

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‘They are us’ voted New Zealand’s quote of 2019

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s unifying phrase “They are us”, uttered several times in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, has taken out the 2019 Massey University Quote of the Year.

Competition organiser and speech writing lecturer Dr Heather Kavan says the three words have been seared in our collective memory since March 15, making the quote a worthy winner.

“Jacinda Ardern told an interviewer from The Guardian that she wrote the line intuitively, scrawling these and other words on a piece of paper in the short interlude between being informed of the attack and speaking about it at a press conference,” Dr Kavan says.

“I think the quote resonated because she conveyed the feelings and thoughts of New Zealanders as we put ourselves in the shoes of the victims and their families.

“One thing I find interesting about the quote is its contrast with the famous 19th century ‘They are ours’ line, referring to an enemy to be conquered. With only two letters removed, the whole meaning is changed from arrogance to empathy.”

The quote received 20 per cent of the 4500 votes cast for the 10 finalists in this year’s competition, followed by 18 per cent for the runner-up, “Hello Brother”, words spoken by Haji-Daoud Nabi to the gunman at the entrance to the Al Noor mosque just before he was shot and killed.

“This quote was so powerful that people told me they thought about it for hours afterward, Dr Kavan says. “The words have an almost visceral effect. Before Jacinda Ardern spoke a message of unity, Haji-Daoud Nabi lived and breathed it in his final moments as he faced the killer. 

“We don’t have an image of him saying ‘Hello Brother’ because the footage is banned, nor will we ever know what he was thinking or feeling. But if ever there was an existential moment, this was it.”

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick.


Internet meme comes in third

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick’s “Okay, boomer”, a dismissal of National MP Todd Muller’s interruption during her climate change speech in Parliament, attracted 15 per cent of the vote. This quote was neck-and-neck with “They are us” in the early stages of voting, before dropping back to third place.

“I think ‘Okay, Boomer’ did well because it has a rebellious appeal and generates camaraderie among young people who are probably tired of being labelled snowflakes,” Dr Kavan says. “There’s been a huge amount of discussion about the quote and it has been emblazoned on t-shirts and hoodies. However, the fact that voting numbers declined with the passage of days suggests people may be getting ‘Okay boomer’ fatigue.”

Dr Kavan says the tone of the 2019 list of finalists was more sombre than in past years, but this reflects well on New Zealanders.

“I’d like to thank voters and the people who said the quotes. The United States list was released this week and its top quote is Donald Trump’s ‘I would like you to do us a favor, though’ to Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky. How different is that from ‘They are us’ and ‘Hello Brother’?”

2019 Quote of the Year finalists in order of votes received

  1. “They are us.” – Jacinda Ardern speaking about Muslim victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack, in the aftermath of the killings.
  2. “Hello Brother.” – Shooting victim Haji-Daoud Nabi’s last words to the gunman at the Al Noor mosque entrance.
  3. “Okay, boomer.” – Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick dismissing 51-year-old National MP Todd Muller’s interruption during her climate change speech in Parliament.
  4. “We are broken hearted, but we are not broken.” – Imam Gamal Fouda of Al Noor mosque after the Christchurch terrorist attacks.
  5. “Just imagine if Colonel Sanders gave up the first time he wanted funding for his recipe. We would not have had that succulent chicken.” – Destiny Church’s Hannah Tamaki when asked how her new political party would raise funds.
  6. “You can’t consent to murder.” – Crown Solicitor Brian Dickey summing up the Grace Millane murder case.
  7. “There is scientific evidence that shows it makes me faster. It was done at Harvard, I think.” – All Black Jack Goodhue on why he is keeping his mullet haircut.
  8. “He’s about as welcome as diarrhoea in a wetsuit in that place.” – Greenpeace’s Russell Norman on pro-coal Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attending the forum on climate change at Tuvalu.
  9. “We’re going to a super over! You are kidding me! You are kidding me!” – Ian Smith’s exuberant commentary at the Cricket World Cup final.
  10. “I think the doves are rising up.” – Actor Lucy Lawless on the School Fight for Climate.

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Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs)

Source: Tertiary Education Commission

Mid-Term Review of the Centres of Asia Pacific Excellence
The Centres of Asia Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) are university-led cross-institutional centres of excellence in language, culture, politics and economics of the Asia-Pacific region.
There are three CAPEs: Latin America, North Asia and South-East Asia.
The CAPEs’ purpose is to contribute to the development of Asia-Pacific knowledge and cross-cultural skills in New Zealand and enhance economic, trade, political and cultural relationships with the region.  It is intended that the CAPEs will excel nationally and internationally in their area of expertise, and ensure broad dissemination of knowledge and skills through collaborative processes. 
A mid-term review is a condition of funding.  The mid-term review will occur in February 2020 and be conducted by an independent expert panel.  The intent of the review is to assist both the TEC and the CAPEs to fully maximise the CAPEs’ contribution to policy objectives in the future.
CAPES terms of reference for the mid-term review (PDF, 665 Kb)
Appointments to the CAPEs Mid-Term Review Panel
The Tertiary Education Commission is pleased to announce the independent panel has been appointed to conduct the mid-term review of the CAPEs. 
The panel members are Stephen Jacobi as Chair, Kevin Parish, Louise Beard and Professor Chistopher Ziguras.
Biographical details of the appointees
Stephen Jacobi
Mr Jacobi serves as Executive Director of the NZ China Council and of the NZ International Business Forum as well as Managing Director of Jacobi Consulting Ltd. He was previously Executive Director of the NZ US Council from 2005 to 2014.
He has led a number of significant relationship-building events in Japan and Korea, and in 2009 he was appointed Alternate Member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and continues to advise New Zealand’s ABAC Members.
Mr Jacobi has diplomatic, trade and government experience including posts as Deputy High Commissioner in Ottawa, Assistant Trade Commissioner in Paris and adviser on trade and diplomatic issues with MFAT and as Private Secretary to the Minister for Trade Negotiations. He is an accredited director and a frequent commentator on trade and international economic issues.
Kevin Parish
Mr Parish is the CEO of China Connections Limited (CCL), a consulting business specialising in the China market. Previously he was the CEO of Primary Collaboration New Zealand (Shanghai) Co Limited (PCNZ) based in Shanghai from 2015. He established PCNZ on behalf of the New Zealand Primary sector shareholders: Scales Corporation, Sealord, Silver Fern Farms, Synlait, Villa Maria, Bostock NZ, Freshmax and Kono.
Mr Parish was New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s (NZTE) Trade Commissioner in Hong Kong from 2012 to 2015. Prior to the Trade Commissioner role he was Regional Manager for NZTE’s Christchurch office.
Louise Beard
Louise Beard is the Founder and Director of FORWARD Insight and Strategy.
She has 20+ years of experience in research and strategic planning across a range of sectors – tourism, primary sector, FMCG and services marketing. She has supported the growth and development of many New Zealand businesses.  
Louise Beard has an in-depth understanding of consumer needs, value drivers and market dynamics globally and throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Professor Christopher Ziguras
Chris Ziguras is a professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne. His research explores the social, economic and political dimensions of the internationalisation of education. Professor Ziguras teaches in RMIT’s international development and public policy programs and plays a leading role in coordinating RMIT’s international partnerships in the social sciences.
He was President of the International Education Association of Australia from 2015-18 and is a member of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan and the Australian APEC Study Centre.
Professor Ziguras was a member of the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) that reviewed the Request for Funding proposals that led to the establishment of the current CAPEs.

Massey forms sustainable fashion partnership with Indian university

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Professor Robinson and Shri Shantmanu of NIFT signing the memorandum.


Massey University’s College of Creative Arts has entered a partnership with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in India, currently ranked the 15th best fashion school in the world.

The memorandum of understanding between the universities was signed by College of Creative Arts Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Claire Robinson at the New Zealand High Commission in New Delhi and will facilitate closer research connections and strengthen education ties between the two countries.

Professor Robinson was in India with head of the School of Design, Brian Lucid, international manager Tim Croft and senior design lecturer Sue Prescott, who is currently travelling in India with eight Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia students.

Massey textile design and fashion design students have been collaborating with NIFT students as part of the collaborative Make Fashion Circular: A New Sustainability Paradigm course. The students presented their work at the High Commission, including one group who sought to use waste stubble, a cause of current Delhi pollution, as a new textile material rather than burn it as Indian farmers currently do.

The creative media production students are filming the trip and will make a documentary on the collaborations and the challenges India faces due to the fast-fashion system.  

The team from Massey also visited Pearl Academy, a private multi-campus art and design school, and met with Education New Zealand staff in India to discuss how best to position the College in India, from a research, mobility and student recruitment perspective.

Fashion design, textile design and creative media production students in India on the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.


Professor Robinson says, “over the last few years we have seen significant interest, matched by enrolments, in our programmes from India, and this is only likely to increase over the next decade.

“So, in the next year, we plan to create more opportunities to collaborate with Indian counterparts and, hopefully, have more teaching and research faculty visit and engage with India, as India emerges as a key student market and a new developing research destination for the College.”

The students have also visited Rajasthan and the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design in Jaipur.  In between these collaborative projects with other universities, students are visiting designers, industry, artisan communities and participating in dyeing & printing workshops.

The scholarship programme is funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand.

Drone film for reality check of NZ environment

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Dr Cadey Korson operating a drone in Michigan, USA (photo credit/Andrew Korson Photography)


Geography, sociology, philosophy students and staff will swap lecture theatres for the wilderness this summer to use aerial and underwater drones for a film revealing land use, environmental issues and human-environment relationships in Aotearoa New Zealand.

They are seeking help from public and private landowners for access to forest, grassland (including tussock and pasture), cropland and wetland areas throughout the country. The Spatial Awareness Project will also include underwater footage to create a comprehensive look at the breadth of natural and cultural landscapes at a time when our much-lauded landscape is under pressure, says project leader Dr Cadey Korson. She is teaming up with colleagues – sociologist Dr Alice Beban and philosopher Dr Krushil Watene – in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

A lecturer of human geography in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey’s Auckland campus, Dr Korson says the project will involve collecting aerial (drone) footage of the 12 different land use types across New Zealand. “We’ve had a few private landowners and companies agree to let us film. However, we could still use a number of alternative locations to showcase the beauty of this amazing country and its unique landscapes.”

One of the key aims of the project is to encourage students’ curiosity “about the human impact on the environment and create a learning community where students are empowered to critically engage in debates about conservation and land use,” says Dr Korson. “Rapid urbanisation, intensifying natural hazards, climate change and exponential tourism growth are just a few of the catalysts that have an unassailable effect on natural and cultural landscapes.”

The team aims to create a three-minute short film and a series of complimentary podcasts that will include interviews with industry partners, kaitiaki, land owners, environmental managers and community members about corresponding natural resource management issues and different ways of understanding and valuing the natural world. She hopes the project will demonstrate to Bachelor of Arts students; “the exciting possibilities and enrichment these new GIS (Geographic Information System) technologies are bringing to the study of geography, and the potential job opportunities for students who are learning how to use it.”

The summer drone filming involves one to two hours of her team flying the Mavic 2 Pro about 75-100 metres over the plot of land. Landowners will receive a copy of the unedited aerial footage and be provided a link to the final video on YouTube. Filming begins mid-January in the South Island for a month, then the central and southern North Island in February and Northland in March.

Dr Korson wants to hear from anyone with access to sites across the country to be included in the project, including forest, grassland, cropland, wetland and settlements. “Within these are a number of sub-categories that we’re hoping to include examples of – tussock, pasture, annual crops, vineyards and orchards, vegetated wetland and open water, neighbourhoods, infrastructure, beaches and dune land, glaciers, scree, scrublands.” 

For further inquiries contact Dr Cadey Korson on E: C.Korson@massey.ac.nz

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Chancellor re-elected, new Pro Chancellor for Massey Council

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Chancellor Michael Ahie


The Massey University Council has re-elected Michael Ahie as Chancellor for a further year and elected Ben Vanderkolk as its new Pro Chancellor, replacing Dr Helen Anderson.

Mr Ahie, of Wellington, who has been on the Council as a ministerial appointee since December 2012, became Pro Chancellor (deputy chair) in December 2013 and Chancellor three years later.


Ben Vanderkolk

Dr Anderson, also of Wellington, who has been on the Council since June 2014, also as a ministerial appointee, has been Pro Chancellor since January 2017.

Her term on the Council ends on December 31, although notification of ministerial appointments to Council is anticipated in February next year.

Mr Vanderkolk, the Palmerston North Crown Solicitor, also a ministerial appointee, has been on the Council since August 2011.

He is chair of the UCOL Council, Principal of BVA The Practice Palmerston North and Wellington and a trustee of the Massey University Foundation.

The Pro Chancellor stands in for the Chancellor when necessary at Council meetings and ceremonies such as graduations.

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Conditions – 2020

Source: Tertiary Education Commission

Last updated 11 December 2019
Last updated 11 December 2019

The 2020 Funding conditions specific to the Wānanga Research Capability Fund can be found in the 2020 Funding Catalogue.
The 2020 Funding conditions specific to the Wānanga Research Capability Fund can be found in the 2020 Funding Catalogue.

Conditions – 2020

Source: Tertiary Education Commission

Last updated 11 December 2019
Last updated 11 December 2019

The 2020 Funding conditions specific to the TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund can be found in the 2020 Funding Catalogue.
The 2020 Funding conditions specific to the TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund can be found in the 2020 Funding Catalogue.