Wellbeing at Massey , Te oranga ki Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa

The wellbeing of everyone at Massey is a top priority whether you work, study, or are visiting here.

We understand that looking after people so they can be themselves, feel safe, and flourish is good for everyone.

See our policies, procedures and guidelines

Student wellbeing

We offer a wide range of support to help you have a positive student experience and to make the most of student life. Explore the variety of services we provide and find out how to access them.

See services and support for students

Staff wellbeing

As an employee, your wellbeing is a priority at Massey. We want you and your whānau to be able to flourish as part of the university community.

Note: Wellbeing in COVID-19

There are different ways the university can support you during COVID-19, with work and non-work related wellbeing.

Along with the usual support, remind yourselves and your teams of the below.

  • You are not ''working from home'', you are ''at your home, during a crisis, trying to work''.
  • Your personal physical, mental, spiritual, and whānau health are more important than anything else.
  • You should not try to compensate for lost productivity by working longer hours.
  • You will be kind to yourself and not judge how you are coping based on how you see others coping.
  • You will be kind to others and not judge how they are coping based on how you are coping.
  • Your team's success will not be judged the same way it was when things were normal.

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free, external, and confidential counselling service. It is available to all fixed term and permanent staff who are of 0.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) or greater and have an employment agreement of 12 months or more.

EAP can be used for work or non-work related issues. We urge you to use this service, and recommend it to your colleagues.

Find out more about the Employee Assistance Programme

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Massey

Massey aims to create an environment where all staff and students are welcome and included. We run a range of initiatives to support everyone to bring their whole selves at Massey:

  • Pay and Employment Equity Implementation Group – this comprises HR staff including our Director of Employment Relations, and Tertiary Education Union representation. The committee focuses on identifying issues and opportunities relating to diversity and inclusion to create equitable opportunities for all. A major focus of the committee is equitable pay for all our staff.
  • The Gender Pay gap – in 2009, Massey University was the first NZ university to undertake a Pay and Employment Equity review and has published regular reviews since then. Our Implementation group continues to work on the issues raised and recommendations in these reports.
  • Women@Massey – a group for all staff who identify as women to join, where they can connect, share, and learn.
  • Wellbeing and Inclusion Speaker Series – a monthly speaker session where experts come and speak about different areas of interest, for example, on neurodiversity, racism, gender equity, and parenting and working, accessibility and Rainbow and Takatāpui inclusion.
  • Staff training – several modules supporting staff wellbeing and which focus on our ethical values are available to all staff. Our aim is to provide a supportive work environment in which all students and staff can feel safe, respected, dignified and able to flourish in work, learning and research.
  • Diversity Works – we partner with Diversity Works to support us and run staff trainings. These include a module on Unconscious Bias which focuses on the value of supporting diversity and inclusion. This module forms part of the academic promotion process and is compulsory for all staff on selection committees.
  • Curated Collections – eight collections of resources (articles, papers, workshops, online modules) are available on the Massey Intranet for all staff to access. Topics covered include working together, communication, organisational leadership, people management and delivering results.
  • Te Ohu Oranga – our well-being community that all staff can join to connect, share, and learn together.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Advisor this position was created in 2021 to start and strengthen initiatives to increase diversity and inclusiveness for staff and students, particularly those of minority sexualities, genders, and diverse sex characteristics.

Rainbow Tick

Massey was accredited in 2017 and is proud of all the work we do to support Rainbow and Takatāpui communities. This includes creating more inclusive recruitment practices and facilities on campus, running advocacy and support groups, offering education workshops to our staff and students, partnering with organisations to help make us more inclusive, and celebrating events such as Pride and Pink Shirt Day.

Find out more about rainbow services and support, and gender-neutral facilities at Massey

Staff training

Staff training is available to give a greater understanding of our Rainbow Tick commitment, and to provide answers to the questions you have.

The following training is available to all staff:

  • online rainbow training (3 x 20 minute modules)
  • rainbow inclusiveness training (two hours online or in person).

Log in to MyHR to book your Rainbow training

Smoke-free campuses

Since 2018, we have committed to making our campuses smoke-free or auahi kore by encouraging staff, students, contractors, volunteers, visitors and their families or whānau to quit smoking.

Areas that are smoke-free include:

  • workplaces
  • student accommodation
  • campus grounds and buildings (including car parks)
  • farms
  • staff accommodation
  • vehicles (including personal vehicles on site).

Temporary smoking/vaping locations

Temporary smoking and vaping locations are available on the Auckland and Manawatū campuses while we support people to quit. These locations are reviewed annually.

Find temporary smoking or vaping areas on campus maps

Support services to help you quit smoking

We can help you quit smoking through support services and individual plans.

Learn about our student health and counselling services
Smokefree NZ

Contact the health and safety office

Health and safety


Physical and courier address
Human Resources
Massey University
Tennent Drive
Palmerston North 4474

Postal address
Health & Safety (PN 202A)
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442