Massey partnering with New Zealand National Fieldays Society 


Massey University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas, signing an agreement with New Zealand National Fieldays Society chief executive officer Peter Nation.


Massey University is the new partner of the New Zealand National Fieldays Society, owner of the iconic Fieldays event in June.

The university and society signed the three-year initial term agreement earlier this month, with Massey also partnering with the health and wellbeing programme that was successfully implemented at Fieldays last year.

In its 50th year, this year’s theme "the future of farming" will examine agricultural trends and ideas for the future, while celebrating its inception in 1968.

The society’s general manager commercial Nick Dromgool believes Massey’s strong focus on the agricultural and health sectors makes it a strong partner for the society and the Fieldays event.

“Fieldays has been bringing rural and urban audiences together for 50 years, and we are very pleased about this connection with Massey University. Fieldays is a truly New Zealand event and we feel Massey’s ethos of being an accessible university through its many campuses and its distance learning is an excellent fit.”

College of Sciences Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Ray Geor says Massey is excited about connecting with the society at a partnership level. “We are a strong supporter of Fieldays and have always had a large presence at the event. This year we are very pleased to be able to really cement that relationship,” he says.

“Fieldays is a premier event, recognised in world agribusiness. It’s an excellent fit for Massey and our plans for the future. We often exhibit new technologies with our partners at Fieldays, and always enjoy talking to visitors about the benefits Massey students brings to the primary industries sector. We look forward to growing this important partnership between education and agriculture.”

Massey’s College of Health is a member of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand and wants to help ensure research-led education makes a difference to outcomes in New Zealand rural health.

College of Health Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Mills says, “We look forward to working with Fieldays to be part of the community improving health and well-being in rural New Zealand.

“Optimal health is the result of many factors, including the individual person, the environment and society they live in. There are many opportunities to make a difference.”

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