New leader for Māori and Pasifika at Massey

Dr Charlotte Severne.

Massey University's new Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and Pasifika, Dr Charlotte Severne of Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāi Tūhoe, is a geologist, former chief scientist for oceans and Māori development at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research and, most recently, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori and Communities at Lincoln University.

Massey Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey announced Dr Severne's appointment today, saying he was delighted to welcome an academic and Māori leader of her standing to join the University's senior leadership team.

Dr Severne was born in Ōtautahi (Christchurch), attended secondary school in Auckland at the former Wikitoria College, Her childhood was largely spent on the shores of Taupō at Hamaria, which she still calls home, although she and her family currently live in Wellington. 

She has a number of Tūwharetoa governance roles including chair of the Lake Rotoaira Trusts (Forest and Lake) and deputy chair of the Opepe Farm Trust. She is a ministerial appointment on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Science Board.

Her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD in geology are all from the University of Auckland.

She was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and science in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours. The ONZM was bestowed at Government House in Wellington last week. 

She says she is proud to have supported the growth of Māori research capacity and transforming science into action for Māori communities and business.

"I am looking forward to joining Massey at an exciting time of growth and development, developing and implementing the overall strategic vision as well the specific strategies built around Māori and Pasifika students, staff and research." 

Dr Severne replaces Dr Selwyn Katene, who is moving into a new role at Massey at Te Puna Whakatipu. She joins Massey on November 28.

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