Te Puna Whakatipu

Te Puna Whakatipu is Massey University’s strategic initiatives hub. Our mandate is to create better futures for New Zealand and the world, drawing upon the university’s capability, facilities and knowledge platforms in agriculture, food, health, business and design.

Te Puna Whakatipu means ‘the spring of development’ or the place from which new things can grow. The team’s aim is to create value for individuals, communities and organisations, by:

  • Drawing upon the university’s capability, facilities and knowledge platforms to solve problems for industry
  • Connecting with government, business, industry and communities
  • Hosting pan-university initiatives
  • Providing university-level leadership of Massey's agrifood business strategy, FoodHQ and our sustainability strategy
  • Helping staff develop and test new ideas

We will help you find the best way to deliver a better future for New Zealand, based on your expertise. The outcome might be a new strategic initiative, a new research programme or the development of a new commercial opportunity.

We work with you to:

  • Find out how to make your idea a reality
  • Test ‘proof of concept’
  • Connect with the Massey service units who can help
  • Engage effectively with industry

If you would like to become involved in Massey initiatives, please get in touch with us.

Our people

  • Prof Hamish Gow

    Prof Hamish Gow

    Director of Business Innovation & Strategy - OIUR - Te Puna Whakatipu


    Ph: ext 84045


  • Prof Selwyn Katene

    Prof Selwyn Katene

    Director - Global Centre for Indigenous Leadership - OIUR - Te Puna Whakatipu


    Ph: ext 63073

    Selwyn Katene is Professor of Maori and Indigenous Leadership and Director of the Global Centre for Indigenous Leadership at Massey University. Prior to that he was Assistant Vice Chancellor, Maori and Pasifika at Massey University and also the Director of MANU AO Leadership Academy, hosted by Massey University. Dr Katene was General Manager of the Mental Health Commission, Group Manager, Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Group Director, in the Public Health Commission, and held various  marketing positions in the pharmaceutical industry. He has a BA, BA (Hons), MA,  MPM from Victoria University, and a doctorate from Massey University.

  • Prof Claire Massey

    Prof Claire Massey

    Director - Agrifood Business - OIUR - Te Puna Whakatipu


    Ph: ext 63308

    dy passion is New Zealand, and as Director of Agrifood Business I lead the university’s initiatives in growing the agrifood economy. I have also taken over as Acting Director of FoodHQ during an exciting period of transition for FoodHQ as it becomes a separate entity.  In both these roles my focus is accelerating strategy, building capability and driving sustainable growth for firms and communities. This is consistent with my research programme for the last 20 years, where I focused my energy on exploring the many economic and social contributions that small and medium enterprises make to New Zealand.


  • Dr Allanah Ryan

    Dr Allanah Ryan

    Director Sustainability - OIUR - Te Puna Whakatipu
    Course Convenor - School of People, Environment and Planning


    Ph: ext 83849

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