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The Distinguished Alumni Awards honour alumni who have made outstanding contributions to Massey University, to their professions, their communities or the nation.
Professor Graham Le Gros was appointed research director of Wellington's Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in 1994, following a three-year Fogarty Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Washington DC, and a five-year scientist position with Ciba-Geigy in Basel, Switzerland.
A Bachelor of Science graduate at Massey in 1978, he has been a recipient of an International Senior Wellcome Trust Fellowship and James Cook Fellowship. In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in recognition of his research contributions to the fields of immunology and asthma.
In June 2014, Professor Le Gros was made a companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Traci Houpapa has firmly cemented herself in New Zealand’s agribusiness industry, and has been instrumental in raising the profile of Māori agribusiness across the primary industry sector. She specialises in strategic and economic development, advising public and private sector clients. She is an experienced company director and holds a number of directorships and ministerial appointments.
Ms Houpapa is well known for her role in promoting the development of women’s leadership and diversity on boards. She has an MBA from Massey University, and is a Member of the Order of New Zealand, a Justice of the Peace and a marriage celebrant.
Named one of the 10 most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness in 2012. The New Zealand Listener named her a top 10 influencer in New Zealand in 2013.
Master of Management graduate Pengbo Jiang is making a name for himself as an advocate for new migrants.
The 26-year-old, who moved to Wellington with his family from Fuzhou, northern China, as a child, wants to ensure the settling in experience for new migrants is as smooth as possible.
Over the past 13 years he has volunteered thousands of hours to different organisations in Wellington, working to help new migrants integrate into New Zealand society. He helps to promote and fundraise to showcase their cultures in the community and also offers student and business mentorship.
Mr Jiang works as a senior consultant at Ernst and Young, is a board member of Multicultural Learning and Support Services, a committee member of the New Zealand Association of Immigration Professionals and a committee member of the Wellington branch of the New Zealand China Friendship Society.
As part of his own integration to his adopted homeland, he is learning to speak Māori.
In recognition of his community services he has been awarded the Pride of Workmanship Award by Rotary International and a Volunteer Connect Award by the Wellington City Council.
Peter Chrisp's work history defies a common misperception - that a degree in the humanities and social sciences is of little relevance in the world of business and enterprise.
He graduated with Bachelor of arts and Master of Arts in social sciences and has been Chief Executive of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise since 2010, leading an organisation charged with lifting New Zealand's economic performance by growing companies internationally.
Over the past 30 years he has had roles in the engineering, manufacturing and the pulp and paper industries. He started his work life with the New Zealand Engineering Union as an educator and negotiator, progressed through the management ranks at Fletcher Challenge before leading Norsek Skog Paper in Kawerau. From there he was promoted to company headquarters in Oslo as Senior Vice President Business Improvement, covering operations throughout the world, before moving to Sydney to run the Australasian businesses.
Born and raised in Gisborne, Mr Chrisp has held several board roles including the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the Education Training and Support Agency, the Australia Pulp and Paper Industry Council, the New Zealand China Council and the NZ Story group.
He has been partnered on this journey with his wife Judith, three children, a dog and a blue-tongued lizard.
2015 | Professor Graham Le Gros
2014 | Graeme Milne ONZM
2013 | Linda Jenkinson
2012 | Hon John Luxton QSO
2011 | Sir Graham Henry
2010 | Sir Neil Waters
2009 | Alan Frampton
2015 | Traci Houpapa
2014 | Andrew Cameron
2013 | Don McKenzie
2012 | Dr Frances Hughes ONZM
2011 | Dennis Oliver
2010 | Sharron Cole and Peter MacGillivray
2009 | HE Dr The Rt Hon Lockwood Smith and Dr Judy McGregor
2015 | John-Daniel Trask
2014 | Jane Haste (nee Parsons)
2013 | Kathryn Wilson
2012 | David Kelly
2011 | Luke Di Somma
2010 | Carl Sanders-Edwards
2009 | Dr Shaun Hendy and Yvette McCausland-Durie
2015 | Professor Iain Hay
2014 | Dr Alex Buchanan AM
2013 | Peter Hughes
2012 | Dr Barry O'Neil
2011 | Stephen Jennings and Sue Suckling
2010 | Professor Gregor Reid
2009 | Sir Richard Taylor
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Last updated on Friday 24 March 2017