Te Puna Whakatipu

Te Puna Whakatipu is Massey University’s strategic initiatives hub. Our mandate is to create better futures for New Zealand and the world, drawing upon the university’s capability, facilities and knowledge platforms in agriculture, food, health, business and design.

Te Puna Whakatipu means ‘the spring of development’ or the place from which new things can grow. The team’s aim is to create value for individuals, communities and organisations, by:

  • Drawing upon the university’s capability, facilities and knowledge platforms to solve problems for industry
  • Connecting with government, business, industry and communities
  • Hosting pan-university initiatives
  • Providing university-level leadership of Massey's agrifood business strategy, FoodHQ and our sustainability strategy
  • Helping staff develop and test new ideas

We will help you find the best way to deliver a better future for New Zealand, based on your expertise. The outcome might be a new strategic initiative, a new research programme or the development of a new commercial opportunity.

We work with you to:

  • Find out how to make your idea a reality
  • Test ‘proof of concept’
  • Connect with the Massey service units who can help
  • Engage effectively with industry

If you would like to become involved in Massey initiatives, please get in touch with us.

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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84045

Prof Hamish Gow BCom(Ag), MS, PhD

Director of Business Innovation & Strategy

OIUR - Te Puna Whakatipu

 Hamish R. Gow is Professor of Agribusiness, Director of Business Innovation and Strategy at Te Puna Whakatipu: Transforming Agrifood Business, and Project Leader on the Global Food Safety Partnership facilitation team, Massey University. Previously he has held roles as the Director of the Center of Agribusiness Policy and Strategy within the Massey Business School and Director of AgriCommerce Programs at Massey University. He is currently a member of the Potatoes NZ Export Market Development Group, Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association ReNewing New Zealand steering group and SCION's Value Chain Oprimization steering group. Previously, he has held faculty and staff positions at the University of Illinois, Michigan State University and Cornell University in the USA, KU Leuven in Belgium and the Slovak University of Agriculture in Slovakia. Prior to moving to Massey, he was Director of the Partnerships for Food Industry Development – Fruits and Vegetables – a USAID funded value chain development and capacity building project supporting farmers and SMEs from across Latin America, Southern Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa access local, regional and international horticultural markets and retail channels. He recently won the 2011 Effective Practice Award from the Sloan Consortium as founder of the Food Safety Knowledge Network and is currently leading the facilitation team assisting the World Bank establish an open source Global Food Safety Partnership for capacity building in the developing and emerging markets.  He has research and industry experiences relate to: agribusiness strategy and managaement; Design Thinking andbusiness model development; Entrepreneurship, inovation and regional development;  International food marketing; Agricultural and rural finance; International rural development; and Public private partnerships.  He is currently working on serivce design and new business development projects with LIC, DairyNZ, MetLifeCare, and FairFax Media.  Over the past 20 years lead market development projects in over 50 countries and consulted to the European Commission, OECD, IFAD, USDA, USAID, UNIDO, FAO, World Bank and numerous domestic and international SME’s, MNE’s and farmers’ organizations.


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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 951 7045
    Location: 1.05, Old Registry Building
    Campus: Turitea


  • Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) - Lincoln University (1991)
  • Masters of Science - Cornell University (1997)
  • Doctorate - Cornell University (2000)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

agribusiness strategy, entrepreneurship and business model development; international food marketing; rural finance; international rural development; and public private partnerships


21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000):
Comparative Economic Systems (149901): Economics (140000):
Marketing (150500):
Other Economics (149900)



Agricultural and Rural Finance

Agricultural Extension Program Design

Business Model Innovation

Design Thinking


Food Industry Management

Food Marketing


International Business

International Food Marketing

International Rural Development

Public Private Partnerships

Service Design


Value Chain Analysis

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 1

Research Outputs


Lockhart, J., Donaghy, DJ., & Gow, H. (2016). Murray Goulburn and Fonterra are playing chicken with dairy farmers.
[Internet publication]Authored by: Donaghy, D., Gow, H., Lockhart, J.
Griffith, G., Gow, HR., Umberger, W., Fleming, E., Mounter, S., Malcom, B., . . . Baker, D. (2015). Refocusing on the Value Chain Perspective to Analyse Food, Beverage, and Fibre Markets. Australasian Agribusiness Perspectives. , 1-19 Retrieved from http://agrifood.info/
[Journal article]Authored by: Gow, H.
Shanoyan, A., Ross, B., Gow, HR., & Peterson, HC. (2014). Investment Responses to third-party market facilitation in Armenia. Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies. 4(2), 98-114
[Journal article]Authored by: Gow, H.
Tsui, WHK., Ozer Balli, H., Gilbey, A., & Gow, H. (2014). Forecasting of Hong Kong airport's passenger throughput. Tourism Management. 42, 62-76
[Journal article]Authored by: Gilbey, A., Gow, H., Ozer-Balli, H., Tsui, W.
Kan Tsui, WH., Balli, HO., Gilbey, A., & Gow, H. (2014). Operational efficiency of Asia-Pacific airports. Journal of Air Transport Management. 40, 16-24
[Journal article]Authored by: Gow, H.
Sumner, DA., Gow, H., Hayes, D., Matthews, W., Norwood, B., Rosen-molina, JT., . . . Thurmanl, W. (2011). Economic and market issues on the sustainability of egg production in the United States: Analysis of alternative production systems. Poultry Science. 90(1), 241-250
[Journal article]Authored by: Gow, H.
Micheels, ET., & Gow, HR. (2011). The moderating effects of trust and commitment on market orientation, value discipline clarity, and firm performance. Agribusiness. 27(3), 360-378
[Journal article]Authored by: Gow, H.
Gow, HR., & Swinnen, JFM. (2001). Private enforcement capital and contract enforcement in transition economies. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 83(3), 686-690
[Journal article]Authored by: Gow, H.


Gow, HR., & Lockhart, J. (2016). The End of White Gold Fever: New Zealand's Dairy GFC. In C. massey (Ed.) What waste a good crisis? The end of white gold fever and rethinking agribusiness. (pp. 45 - 60). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Gow, H., Lockhart, J.

Creative Work

Lockhart, J., Donaghy, DJ., & Gow, H.AugustLockhart, J., Donaghy, DJ., & Gow, H.August
[Media]Authored by: Donaghy, D., Gow, H., Lockhart, J.


Whyte, R., & Gow, HR.Constraints to innovation in New Zealand: an exploratory study. . Melbourne, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gow, H.
Gow, HR.Global Food Safety Initiative: What is it and what does it mean for industry. . Cape Town, South Africa
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gow, H.
Gow, HR.The Global Food Safety Partnership: An innovative and collaborative open source model for food safety capacity building. . Hasting, Hawkes Bay
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gow, H.
Shanoyan, A., Ross, B., Gow, HR., Peterson, PH., & Black, R.Third‐party facilitation of market linkages in the Agri‐Food supply chain: evidence from the Armenian vegetable industry. . Seattle, United States of America
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gow, H.
Gow, HR.Into the looking glass: Trend, Challenges and Responses. . Bloemfontein, South Africa
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gow, H.
Gow, H., Shakur, S., & Mahmood, MA. (2011, June). Impact of trade liberalization on agriculture in Pakistan. Presented at 2011 Annual World Symposium. Frankfurt, Germany.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gow, H., Shakur, S.
Gow, H., Shakur, S., & Mahmood, MA.(2011). Impact of trade liberalization on agriculture in Pakistan. . Frankfurt Marriott Hotel , Frankfurt, Germany
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gow, H., Shakur, S.


Gow, H., & Wood, BA. (2017, November). Digital Agriculture: It’s about People not Technology, Problems not Solutions. In Shaping the Future of Digital Agriculture.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gow, H., Wood, B.

Consultancy and Languages


  • Nov 2012 to present - LIC
    New Business, Product, and Service Design for Farmer Solutions
  • Nov 2013 to present - Wood Processors and Manufacturers Assoication
    Co-led the WPMA Strategic Visualization Process that created the ReNewing New Zealand initiative
  • June 2014 to present - SCION
    Value Chain Optimization Steering Group
  • Oct 2012 to present - World Bank
    Project Leader of the Massey University facilitation team for the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP.org)
  • Oct 2014 - SENWES
    Creating Value in Farmer Led Marketing Channels

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 1

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2012 - Wai Hong Kan Tsui - PhD
    Investigating Hong Kong's Role as the Main Air Transport Hub in the Asia-Pacific Region

Media and Links

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