Massey University Ambassadors

Massey student ambassadors assist the student recruitment team with events and school visits. These ambassadors provide insight into student life and study at Massey University. They're a great bunch who like to have fun while sharing their knowledge and experience with others.

Ambassadors by campus

Auckland ambassadors

Amy Gardner, PhD

Hi, I'm Amy Amy Gardner

I've completed my Bachelor of Engineering - Mechatronics at Massey's Manawatu campus in 2016. It was grueling but incredibly rewarding. In 2017, I took on the amazing opportunity to carry on my study as a PhD at the Albany campus. I'm now in my third year!

Even though it was a while ago, I still remember the pre-uni jitters about trying to decide which course to study. What really helped me was talking to teachers and family, and also going to as many uni open days as possible.

I look forward to sharing my experience with you and helping to find your way in the tertiary world."

Tess James, BBus

Hi, I'm Tess

I am currently in my second year of studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in Property.

I graduated from Long Bay College in 2017, and can clearly remember my apprehension and nerves about leaving the comfort of what I’d known for so long.

However, I quickly found my footing and got to experience all disciplines of business through the core first year papers. This year I am excited to be able to specialise more in my area of interest while carrying through the crucial knowledge I learnt last year.

This is my first year as a Student Ambassador for Albany and I am looking forward to having a positive impact on other students’ experiences here and helping them to find their footing and place within Massey.

Moana Fifita, BHSc

Mālō e lelei!

My name is Ikamoana Fifita but I go by “Moana” for short.

I graduated in November 2018 with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Mental Health. Currently, I’m in my first year of a Master of Science with an endorsement in Health Psychology.

My high schooling journey was quite unique in that I attended Palmerston North Girls High School from Year 9-10 (Semper Sursum!) and moved to Te Awamutu College for Year 11-13 (Kia Kaha!).

Fresh out of high school, I originally wasn’t going to attend Massey University but by the powers that be, I made it here and can honestly say - it’s been the best decision I’ve made thus far.

If you’re worried about the prospect of university and all that comes with that, don’t be. Talk with your careers advisors’, go to the open days, and most importantly - know yourself and your passions.

If you see me around, feel free to come up for a chat about anything your heart desires. I look forward to exchanging stories with you!

Mālō ‘aupito!

Rose Fitzmaurice, BA/BBus

Hi, I'm Rose 

I am in my fourth and final year of study at Massey University Albany where I am doing a Conjoint Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Marketing and Psychology.

In 2015, I graduated from Orewa College - I distinctly remember my nerves for coming to University but have absolute loved my experience so far.

The academic, sporting and cultural activities and communities have been vast at University! Furthermore, as someone who loves to play sport, I have had the opportunity to establish a basketball club on campus and represent the University at the UTSNZ championships. I have also had great leadership opportunities such as being the Massey University representative and chairperson on the student athlete commission for UTSNZ, the president of the Basketball club, and of course being a Massey Ambassador!

I look forward to sharing my University experience with students - showing the awesome things ahead at Massey University, and to help students have new and exciting opportunities at Massey University too!

If you see me at the Albany campus feel free to come up to me ask any questions or even have a chat. See you around!"

Manawatū ambassadors

Ashleigh Tahiwi, BSc

Kia ora, my name is Ashleigh Tahiwi.

I'm from Palmerston North and attended Manukura for my high school years. I really enjoy playing sports, mainly netball and further developing my knowledge around Te Ao Māori.

This year I have transferred from the University of Otago to Massey University and am in my 2nd year of completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology.

I have a passion for helping people reach their best. I'm hoping to do an extra year postgraduate to become a Science Teacher. I'm really enjoying my first year studying at Massey so far and I'm excited about what’s to come!

Jemina Hohaia, BA

Kia ora! My name is Jemina.

I'm two and a half years into my BA majoring in Psychology, but have also completed a full year of foundation studies after graduating from Whangaparoa College. I have a huge passion for working with students and have worked closely with Te Rau Tauawhi Māori Student Centre in helping guide and support first year Māori students through their studies. I'm also privileged to be a bursar for Te Rau Pauawai, who support and guide me in my own studies. On the side, I'm a keen netball player and love being active. I've been part of the Massey netball club for two years and absolutely love it.

As a student ambassador I hope my experience and knowledge helps other students and their journey through Massey University.

Megan Joy, Pre-Vet

Hi I’m Megan

I’m currently in the pre-vet selection course here at Massey Manawatū and before that I was at Trident College.

My big dream is to be a wildlife veterinarian involved in conservation programs that help educate and integrate local people in global conservation efforts. I know it sounds like a pretty far-fetched career! But because Massey’s Veterinary Science programme would offer me opportunities in so many countries around the world I knew it would be a good place to start!

Aside from all of my "sciency" interests I love being part of jazz bands and community orchestras as it’s an excuse to have some fun, do some socialising and play my saxophone and flute. I’m definitely looking forward to exploring what Palmy has to offer in regards to the performing arts too.

Te Matau O Te Rangi Allen, BE (Hon)

Ko Te Matau O Te Rangi tōku ingoa, no Whanganui, rātou ko Tainui, ko Tūwharetoa ahau. Hey guys, I'm Te (as in the letter T!).

I went to Ruapehu College and now I'm studying Mechatronic Engineering. I love being a student at Massey University because my mind is always being challenged and I'm surrounded by inspirational people. If this interests you then Massey is definitely the place to set your sights for your career or business.

I'm honoured to have the role as a Massey University Ambassador, it is something that I take very seriously. So any time I can assist you just let me know. If you are a fellow student or an alumni, if you're a year 13 with the same questions I had about Massey or a parent who wants to know the inside stuff that's not on the website or brochures, then I am excited to talk to you too. I'm always available to talk unless I'm in lectures, tutorials, study groups or the gym!

Massey University is a great place with a world renown reputation. Massey has wonderful programs of study, fantastic facilities, a beautiful campus and world-class lecturers.

I hope that we can get to meet real soon. If you want to know a little bit more about me, here is a link to a speech I gave when I was in year 12.

Tessa Williams, BMVA

Tēnā koutou, ko Tessa Williams ahau.

I've been working for myself for the last seven years as a family portrait photographer. I now understand that I can better utilize my expertise and voice my opinion on important issues that affect my community, raise awareness and start conversations of change.

I decided to return to study to evolve my practice, so the Bachelor in Māori Visual Arts with its amazing staff of practicing artists was the obvious choice for me. But it wasn't the easiest choice. I am a mother of three, with a husband in the army who has to be away frequently, we live in Wellington so I travel twice a week to the Palmerston North campus, and I still want to run my business while studying fulltime. I'm looking forward to sharing my experience and connecting with you on your journey. E roa a raro, e tata a runga - The journey is far, but the sky is nearer

Tupou Veiogo, BBus

Bula! I'm Tupou

I'm currently studying in my third year for a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting. I first came to New Zealand as an international student in 2015 and attended Palmerston North Boys' High School in Year 12 and 13. I really enjoyed my time with experiences in academics, sports, cultural events and boarding life. I chose Massey in Palmy because of how convenient and safe the campus location is.

I also enjoyed my first year in the halls City Court, as I got the chance to meet new amazing people and be exposed to the study, cultural, and essentially the student social life. I'm still loving my time here at Massey.  I'm back in City Court as a Residential Assistant (RA) in my final year. My degree has become more challenging and yet so exciting and interesting at the same time. I've also got the opportunity to be an Intern for an Audit company this year, where I can gain a new insight, a fresh perspective in a corporate environment and develop my practical skills based on the theory work taught at Massey. I look forward to finishing my degree this year and getting into the real business world.

Wellington ambassadors

Bridget McGechan, BDes (Hon)

Hi, I'm Bridget Bridget McGechan

I am currently in my fourth year studying towards a Bachelor of Design, with a major in Visual Communications Design.

Enthusiastic, creative and friendly are a few words to describe me. I love people so being a Massey Ambassador gives me a great opportunity to connect with all kinds of people.

I moved to Wellington at the start of 2016 and as time has gone by I have come to enjoy living in Wellington more and more. I lived in The Cube Hall and last year I returned to work as a Residential Assistant. I really enjoyed this role and did my best to make students' first year out of home a happy and fun one. I have now moved in to a position as Education Vice President, support to all students on campus.

I grew up in New Plymouth and went to New Plymouth Girls’ High School. After I graduated in 2014 I took a gap year because I had no idea what I wanted to do. I worked and saved to travel to America and France. While I was overseas I worked as a Photographer and Social Media Co-Ordinator.

I visited the Wellington campus in early 2015 to attend the launch of the Top Art Exhibition which featured my NCEA Level 3 photography board. It wasn’t until later that year that I decided to study design at Massey’s Collage of Creative Arts (CoCA). It was the right choice for me!

Outside of university, I like to make videos, blog, take photos, gym, hang out with friends and go to Arise church.

Gwyn Jones, BDes (Hon)

Hi, I'm Gwyn

I am going in to my fourth year of study at Massey University. I have an avid passion for the outdoors in particular, hunting and free-diving; other interests include design and art. I attended school in Dunedin at John McGlashan College. I chose to study Industrial Design because of students coming to talk to us in class about the incredible jobs and careers their course had lead to. I hope as a Massey Ambassador to influence and inform younger students in the same way.

Miro King, BC

Kia Ora, I'm Miro

I'm studying a Bachelor of Communication at Massey University, now in my third year.

I am from Ongaonga, however I boarded at Napier Girls' High School in Napier, Hawkes Bay. Coming from both a rural an urban setting, I grew to be interested in the way communities and people interact with one another. This interest in communication and cultural studies led me to enrol at Massey University in 2017.

Living and studying in Wellington provides the opportunity to get to know and understand people from all walks of life! I'm looking forward to my future at Massey and all the interesting things Wellington has to offer.

Moretokorohunga Lloyd, BCMP

Hi. I'm Moretekorohunga Lloyd, More for short.

I'm a third year Creative Media Production student, with a focus on animation and game production. 

I came to Wellington from Napier Boys High School and have had a hell of a ride since leaving there four years ago. One thing I've learned, that now influences every part of my life, is 'Fall hard and fall fast'; because when you're down the only way to go is up.

Outside of school I enjoy playing video games and watching Animé. You should always try to find a way to look after yourself and for this I enjoy exercise. I love Wellington! It's full of adventure and great opportunities and there is something for everyone in this beautiful city.

Shirona Crichton, BC

Talofa Lava, I’m Shirona  Shirona Crichton

I’m currently in my third year studying a Bachelor of Communication at Massey University.

I’m from Hawkes Bay and attended Hastings Girls’ High School. I’ve enjoyed living in a bigger city and have established great friendships on and off campus. I am extremely sociable and love meeting new people and building new relationships. One of the things I appreciate a lot at Massey is the opportunities to network and open yourself up to new experiences with the various clubs on campus and the great people you cross paths with daily in class!

In my downtime I enjoy dropping some thoughts off at the many beautiful lookouts around Wellington, watching the rugby or just chilling with friends. There’s always something humming right under your nose in this great city.

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