Partnership Excellence Awards

The Partnership Excellence Award recognises the close connections the University has with its external partners.

These organisations are true partners for Massey and share our vision to solve national and global challenges through world-leading research and empowering curious, world-ready graduates with entrepreneurial acumen and capability, who create jobs for others and are committed to making a better world.

Previous award winners


Winners | Health Workforce NZ, Ministry of Health and  Wuhan University

Health Workforce NZ, Ministry of Health

Te Rau Puawai, the Māori mental health workforce development programme has been operating as a highly successful partnership between Massey University and the Ministry of Health, Health Workforce New Zealand, since 1998.

The aim of the programme is to build a pipeline of professional, skilled and qualified Māori health practitioners in an effort to improve Māori health throughout New Zealand. It uses a learning model that incorporates Māori culture, principles, and concepts to support 100 Māori students each year. The degree completion rate is consistently above 95 per cent due to the unwavering support afforded by the Ministry of Health, Health Workforce New Zealand and the many stakeholders and supporters affiliated with this transformational programme.

Wuhan University

In 2006, the Massey Business School established a four-year “articulation” programme with Wuhan University.

The programme saw students complete the final two years of their undergraduate degree at Massey University. The programme has proved to be Massey’s most successful articulation partnership, with more than 450 students to date participating. A number have made the Massey Business School Dean’s List and been awarded Massey scholarships. More than 75 per cent of graduates have progressed to postgraduate study at Massey and other high ranking universities around the world.

Finalists 2017:

Domestic Partnership Excellence:

Health Workforce NZ, Ministry of Health
Palmerston North City Council
Te Runanga Nui o Nga Kura Kaupapa Maori o Aotearoa
Venture Taranaki

International Partnership Excellence

University of New England
Wuhan University


Winners | The Warehouse Group and Weta Workshop

The Warehouse Group

The Warehouse Group is a major 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 contributes to the success of the annual Sir Stephen Tindall Distinguished Professor Lecture.

They sponsor the Stephen Small Award for the best overall student performance in the Fundamentals of Retailing course; the prize includes a day shadowing a senior executive at The Warehouse Group.

Weta Workshop

Massey's College of Creative Arts and Weta Workshop collaborated on initiatives that showcase New Zealand expertise internationally.

Together the organisations have visited the People's Liberation Army Academy of Art in China and jointly hosted the academy when its staff visited New Zealand.

In 2015, 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 that turns sci-fi and fantasy worlds into on-screen reality.


  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association
  • Wellington City Council


Winner | Ravensdown

Fertiliser company Ravensdown has a long history with Massey University, supporting research and scholarships, extending back to 1983.

The relationship has grown through Ravensdown's support for several research projects as well as professional development courses to enhance best practice in the agricultural industry, and a $12 million primary growth partnership.

A farmer-owned co-operative that operates nationwide but has its head office in Christchurch, Ravensdown's support of research and scholarships at Massey has shown it is a company prepared to give generously to the university for mutual benefit.


  • Palmerston North City Council
  • Royal Brunei Armed Forces Command and Staff College
  • The Warehouse Group


Winner | Fonterra

The relationship between Fonterra and Massey is spread across a number of different colleges – it’s not restricted to just one academic area. The relationship also fosters a strong focus on leadership in Food Innovation. Our link with Fonterra is visible between delivering education, helping to train and develop the entrepreneurial capability in our students, working with the best academic minds to ferment innovation, and also contributing to the GDP of New Zealand.


  • Gallagher Animal Management
  • Westpac
  • Wuhan University, China