Massey names finalists for Partnership Excellence Awards

The finalists have been announced for Massey University's annual Partnership Excellence Awards, recognising businesses and other organisations that have actively collaborated with the University across a range of areas including research, knowledge exchange, teaching and learning, reaching new audiences and taking the best of New Zealand to the rest of the world.

The finalists are, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association, The Warehouse Group, the Wellington City Council and Weta Workshop.

This year there are two categories of partnership awards, domestic and international, which will be presented on March 23 at Massey's annual Defining Excellence Awards in Auckland. The awards also provides an opportunity for the University to celebrate its leading teachers and researchers and outstanding alumni. To purchase tickets to the awards click here.

New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force’s involvement with the University’s teaching programmes spans more than two decades and includes conjoint teaching, whereby teaching fellows from the force have been seconded to Massey to teach defence and security courses. More recently, to mark the 100th commemoration of the First World War, Massey and the New Zealand Defence Force, along with two other organisations, signed an arrangement to produce ‘The Centenary History of New Zealand and the First World War’. This major research project will see 14 books published exploring different aspects of the War and creating the definitive history of the New Zealand experience of the First World War.

New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association

The New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association has collaborated with scientists and engineers from Massey University for more than a decade on world leading scientific research to support the competitiveness of New Zealand’s leather and shoe industries in international markets. These industries are valued components of New Zealand’s land-based primary industries. Massey researchers gained a deeper understanding of the structure and capabilities of leather and skin using advanced particle accelerators, or synchrotrons, which are smaller versions of the Hadron Collider that proved the existence of the Higgs Boson. This highly successful collaboration has led to 15 journal publications to date and numerous prizes at international conferences, putting New Zealand on the international map for leather research. 

The Warehouse Group

The Warehouse Group is a tremendous 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 contributed to the success of events including the annual Sir Stephen Tindall Distinguished Professor Lecture. The group has shown industry leadership by endowing the Sir Stephen Tindall Chair in Retail Management, providing more than 50 scholarships to date for their staff to enrol in the Bachelor of Retail and Business Management and advocating for the school as New Zealand’s leading university for retail education, research and scholarship.

Wellington City Council

The College of Creative Arts and Wellington City Council have worked together for the past five years to further connect the University with Wellington city. This relationship has seen the Council provide the College with funding support, resourcing and guidance across a number of innovative and creative enterprise focused projects. Additionally the College has collaborated with the Council’s Major Projects, Urban Design, Arts, Grow Wellington and Neighbourhood teams on initiatives including Lux, Te Whare Hera International Arts Residency, the Spring project and the Value of Design project.

Weta Workshop

During the past few years the College of Creative Arts and Weta Workshop have further developed their strong, enduring relationship. Together the organisations have visited the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Art in China on two occasions and jointly hosted the academy in New Zealand, as well as collaborating to develop a professional development programme for academy staff.  In June 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 which turns sci-fi and fantasy worlds into on-screen reality.

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