Partnership Excellence Awards

The Partnership Excellence Award recognises the close connections the University has with its external partners.

These organisations are true partners for Massey and share our vision to solve national and global challenges through world-leading research and empowering curious, world-ready graduates with entrepreneurial acumen and capability, who create jobs for others and are committed to making a better world.

Palmerston North City Council

Palmerston North City Council

Massey University and Palmerston North City Council enjoy a longstanding and broad partnership. The council has been an integral partner in the delivery of the Resource and Environmental Planning programme for many decades. Its involvement includes helping students with field trips and designing and carrying out final-year projects providing guest lecturers, funding and stakeholder governance.

The council also supports the Fitzherbert Science Centre in which Massey is a central partner, facilitating the development of FoodHQ (see: as New Zealand's premier food research centre.

Several Massey Living Labs research projects have been developed in collaboration with the council. These include the Living Labs Active Transport research where council support has led to co-designed projects on barriers to active transport in Palmerston North since 2017. Massey has been a research partner with the council in the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment- funded Welcoming Communities initiative, Te Waharoa ki ngā Hapori.

University of Peradeniya

University of Peradeniya

Massey University's School of Veterinary Science was successful in an application the the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade International Development Group's Partnership Fun to deliver a world-leading, transformational, veterinary education twinning project with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

The $2.2m project was the first independently funded, World Organisation for Animal Health veterinary twinning project. It consisted of a world-leading and complex curricula and pedagogy change project, where Peradeniya willingly embraced substantial change in not only just its veterinary undergraduate curriculum but also have it is taught and how it interacts with industry stakeholders.

The new curriculum was approved by the Sri Lankan University Grants Commission late last year, significantly advancing the ambitious aspiration of both the commission and Peradeniya to become a South Asian regional center of veterinary education excellence and preparing them to apply for international accreditation.

The Partnership also created a highly productive working relationship between the academic partners , with growing Massey PhD enrollments from Sri Lanka in the past 3 years.

Partnership award finalists

Finalists are selected from a wide range of organisations, locally and internationally. Each finalist has a longstanding relationship with Massey University and we congratulate them on being nominated.

2019 Finalists

Domestic category finalists

The criteria for this category is that the partner is based in New Zealand with a domestically focused engagement and benefit.

  • Recorded Music New Zealand
  • Palmerston North City Council
  • Rural Women New Zealand
  • DairyNZ
International category finalists

The criteria for this category is that the partner is either based outside New Zealand and/or the main benefit of the collaboration is global impact.

  • IDP Education Ltd
  • The Unram-MAssey Agribusiness Innovation Centre
  • University of Peradeniya

Previous award winners


Winners | Health Workforce NZ, Ministry of Health and  Wuhan University

Health Workforce NZ, Ministry of Health

Te Rau Puawai, the Māori mental health workforce development programme has been operating as a highly successful partnership between Massey University and the Ministry of Health, Health Workforce New Zealand, since 1998.

The aim of the programme is to build a pipeline of professional, skilled and qualified Māori health practitioners in an effort to improve Māori health throughout New Zealand. It uses a learning model that incorporates Māori culture, principles, and concepts to support 100 Māori students each year. The degree completion rate is consistently above 95 per cent due to the unwavering support afforded by the Ministry of Health, Health Workforce New Zealand and the many stakeholders and supporters affiliated with this transformational programme.

Wuhan University

In 2006, the Massey Business School established a four-year “articulation” programme with Wuhan University.

The programme saw students complete the final two years of their undergraduate degree at Massey University. The programme has proved to be Massey’s most successful articulation partnership, with more than 450 students to date participating. A number have made the Massey Business School Dean’s List and been awarded Massey scholarships. More than 75 per cent of graduates have progressed to postgraduate study at Massey and other high ranking universities around the world.

Finalists 2017:

Domestic Partnership Excellence:

Health Workforce NZ, Ministry of Health
Palmerston North City Council
Te Runanga Nui o Nga Kura Kaupapa Maori o Aotearoa
Venture Taranaki

International Partnership Excellence

University of New England
Wuhan University


Winners | The Warehouse Group and Weta Workshop

The Warehouse Group

The Warehouse Group is a major supporter of the Massey Business School, providing significant assistance for the school's retail studies initiatives.

The group has endorsed research conducted at the Centre for Advanced Retail Studies and contributes to the success of the annual Sir Stephen Tindall Distinguished Professor Lecture.

They sponsor the Stephen Small Award for the best overall student performance in the Fundamentals of Retailing course; the prize includes a day shadowing a senior executive at The Warehouse Group.

Weta Workshop

Massey's College of Creative Arts and Weta Workshop collaborated on initiatives that showcase New Zealand expertise internationally.

Together the organisations have visited the People's Liberation Army Academy of Art in China and jointly hosted the academy when its staff visited New Zealand.

In 2015, Massey and Weta sponsored New Zealand's first Art and Industry of Imagination conference, which saw leading artists from New Zealand and around the world meet to discuss and demonstrate the behind-the-scenes magic that turns sci-fi and fantasy worlds into on-screen reality.


  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association
  • Wellington City Council


Winner | Ravensdown

Fertiliser company Ravensdown has a long history with Massey University, supporting research and scholarships, extending back to 1983.

The relationship has grown through Ravensdown's support for several research projects as well as professional development courses to enhance best practice in the agricultural industry, and a $12 million primary growth partnership.

A farmer-owned co-operative that operates nationwide but has its head office in Christchurch, Ravensdown's support of research and scholarships at Massey has shown it is a company prepared to give generously to the university for mutual benefit.


  • Palmerston North City Council
  • Royal Brunei Armed Forces Command and Staff College
  • The Warehouse Group


Winner | Fonterra

The relationship between Fonterra and Massey is spread across a number of different colleges – it’s not restricted to just one academic area. The relationship also fosters a strong focus on leadership in Food Innovation. Our link with Fonterra is visible between delivering education, helping to train and develop the entrepreneurial capability in our students, working with the best academic minds to ferment innovation, and also contributing to the GDP of New Zealand.


  • Gallagher Animal Management
  • Westpac
  • Wuhan University, China

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