Michael Ahie elected Massey University Chancellor

Michael Ahie

Massey University's new Chancellor is Michael Ahie, following an election conducted by members of the Massey University Council yesterday.

Mr Ahie, of Taranaki, Ngā Ruahine and Ngāti Ruanui, was raised in Opunake and lives in Wellington. He chairs the Plant and Food Research board of directors, the Food Safety Assurance Advisory Council, ComplyWith NZ Ltd and the Plant Market Access Council. He is a founding partner of business coaching company AltusQ New Zealand Ltd and a director of several other organisations including Farmers Mutual Group and BCC Ltd.

He has a Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) from Massey and has held senior roles at Toyota New Zealand, the New Zealand Dairy Board and Wrightson Ltd. He joined the Massey University Council in December 2012 as an appointee of the Minister of Tertiary Education and has been Pro Chancellor (deputy chair) since December 2013. He replaces Chris Kelly, who stood down on Wednesday.

Mr Ahie thanked his fellow Council members and expressed his best wishes to staff, students and supporters of the University. "It is an honour to take up the role of Chancellor of the University," he says. "I am looking forward to working with staff, students, my fellow Council members and all the many supporters and alumni of the University.  I feel proud and thankful for the opportunity we have ahead of us. I am sure 2017 will be another successful year for Massey."

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