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.

2017 award nominations now open

Massey staff members are invited to nominate partner organisations for the ‘Partnership Excellence Award 2017’. 

The finalists for this award will be announced by 14 December. Finalists, along with the nominating staff member, will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the Defining Excellence Awards evening in March 2018.

Nominations must be made by 5pm, 1 December 2017.

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Nomination criteria

The nominated business/organisation has shown support and commitment in at least three of the areas listed below:

  • Worked with Massey on a project or projects of significance in recent years which has helped Massey to engage with wider audiences.
  • Supported Massey in research projects which have found practical application or reached a wider audience because of the partner’s involvement.
  • Collaborated to strengthen Massey’s civic leadership in an area of expertise, making an impact on a major national or global issue.
  • Supported active engagement with, and participation in, knowledge exchange to ensure that the intellectual capital we generate is used to best advantage.
  • Supported Massey in the development of learning or teaching outcomes that have resulted in innovative programme development or improved access to learning for students.

Domestic category: Partner is based in New Zealand - domestically focused engagement and benefit.

International category: Either the partner is based outside New Zealand and/or the main benefit of the collaboration is global impact.

For further assistance, please contact Joanne Lyall, Stakeholder Management Director by:

Phone: 04 970 3971 | extn. 63971


Partnership award winners

The Warehouse GroupL-R: Assistant Vice-Chancellor External Relations and Development Penelope Barr-Sellers, Anna Campbell, Chief People Officer, The Warehouse Group and NZME business reporter Holly Ryan.

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 WorkshopL-R: Assistant Vice-Chancellor External Relations and Development Penelope Barr-Sellers, David Wilks, General Manager at Weta Workshop and NZME business reporter Holly Ryan.

Weta Workshop

In recent years Massey's College of Creative Arts and Weta Workshop have collaborated on initiatives that have showcased 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.

Last year, 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.

Partnership award finalists

Finalists are selected from a wide range of organisations, locally and internationally. Each finalist has a longstanding relationship with Massey University and we congratulate them on being nominated.

2016 Finalists

  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association
  • The Warehouse Group
  • Wellington City Council
  • Weta Workshop

Find out more about each Partnership Excellence finalist

Previous award winners


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

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