The Massey University Council is consulting the University's stakeholders on the future composition of the Council following the passing of the Education Amendment Act 2015.
Under the act, councils, which are the governing bodies of each New Zealand university, will be restricted to having between eight and 12 members, where previously the range was from 12 to 20 members. The Massey Council currently has 16 members.
Massey University Chancellor Chris Kelly says the Massey Council is proposing that it have the new maximum allowed number of members, 12, and is seeking feedback on that proposal as well as consulting on the makeup of the membership and the processes to appoint members.
Mr Kelly says the current Council is a representative model and Council members are keen to retain such representation within the new framework.
"We want to hear from as many stakeholders as possible, including students, staff, alumni, research partners, commercial partners, professional bodies, trade unions, students associations, community groups, tangata whenua, local authorities and members of the public."
Consultation will continue until May 18. Mr Kelly and other Council members will attend meetings with staff and other stakeholders on each campus and will hold separate meetings with groups that have requested them, such as students associations, the Tertiary Education Union and tangata whenua. Other groups wishing to hold meetings are encouraged to make requests to Executive Secretary Paddy Nicol.
The consultation document, including details on how to make submissions and the timetable for consultation meetings, is here.