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Christchurch shootings – information for students and staff

Reflection spaces

Massey University has made available quiet spaces for staff and students to reflect this week.  These reflection spaces are available at all three campuses and support staff will be available at the spaces at various times offering assistance.

Health and counselling

Massey staff are also available to students in all halls at the three campuses to ensure they are supported.  Other students requiring Massey-specific support are welcome to contact its campus-based health and counselling services. Security at any campus can be contacted at any time on 0800 627 750.

Islamic prayer spaces

The University is working actively with Police and the Massey University Muslim Association to arrange times when muslin communities can use the Islamic prayer spaces.

As of Monday, daily prayer time has been made available at Manawatū. The aim is to have the same offering at the Wellington and Auckland campuses as soon as possible, but police resources are stretched in those cities, with the Police having to prioritise larger mosques and prayer spaces. We are prioritising having the prayer spaces available for Friday afternoon prayers. However, this will only be with Police agreement. 

Cancelled events

In light of last Friday’s tragic events, the University has postponed its Defining Excellence Awards, scheduled to be held this Wednesday, and the event will now take place on July 31.

The free public lecture at the National Library in Wellington to have been given by Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley Politics of hate in the age of the internet has also postponed. Professor Spoonley’s opinion piece is available here Mosque shootings - politics of hate ends our innocence.

A free public lecture on religious diversity and national security by Dr William Hoverd, planned for the Wellington campus library on Thursday, has also been postponed on advice of police. It has yet to be re-scheduled.

Information for staff

Staff intending to travel overseas are urged to look at the latest travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and to register their travel plans via the Ministry's SafeTravel website.

Further resources and information for staff are available at Advice for staff.


Donations to the victims and families affected by the Christchurch attack may be made at

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