MPOWER hosts events throughout the year.  In addition MPOWER co-host events with other institutions and organisations like HRINZ.  Being an MPOWER member allows you to gain access to these events for free or at a reduced cost.  If you are interested in becoming a MPOWER member please email Jane Parker the MPOWER coordinator. 

Forthcoming Events, Activities and Outputs  

  • MPOWER Researcher Development Workshop, 15 November, Massey (Albany) Campus, Room MBS2.15, 10am-12pm

Past Events

Some of MPOWER's past events have associated resources (see below):



  • SA Partners Continuous Improvement Conference (supported by MPOWER), 30 August
  • Labour and Industry Journal - special issue on transformative technology and the future of employment relations
  • 2017 women's careers and aspirations survey research report (available on this site):  Final Report.pdf (1,355 KB)
  • 2017 executive and management education survey report (commissioned by IMNZ) was reported at IMNZ offices in Auckland and Wellington in May:  survey report final.pdf (2,266 KB)
  • 2nd MPOWER Health and Safety Seminar, 25 July with speakers A.-Prof. Ian Laird, Dr David Tappin and Deirdre Farr: Poster -MPOWER RESEARCH SEMINAR.pptx (855 KB)  This followed an earlier seminar by Ian and David


  • SA Partners Continuous Improvement Conference (supported by MPOWER), 7 September. Included various speakers, including MPOWER members Chris Till (CEO, HRINZ); Mark Powell (CEO-in-residence, Massey Business School); and Assoc-Prof Jonathan Elms (Director, Massey's Centre for Advanced Retail Studies):  NZ Conference 2016-1.pdf (528 KB)
  • MPOWER overseas visitor seminar by Dr Stephane Le Queux, 30 May, presenting recent research with Dr Stephanie Graff (JCU) on 'Citizenship and Independence Frontiers in New Caledonia'. Flyer:  Seminar notes:  Graff Le Queux Massey Handout May 2016.docx (7,507 KB)
  • Linda Tirado - public talk and discussion, 18 May (supported in part by MPOWER), US author of Hand to Mouth: The Truth About Being Poor in a Wealthy World and American anti-poverty activist, spoke about poverty in wealthy countries like New Zealand and the US. Flyer: 
  • MPOWER Panel Seminar, 9 March, "Changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000: One Year On', with Helen White (Helen White Law), Fraser St John-Atkins (Elephant HR) and Jeff Sissons (General Council, NZ Council of Trade Unions) as speakers. Flyer:  Speaker resources: White (paper): 9 March - Helen White (762 KB) ; Atkins (ppts): 9 March - Fraser Atkins (2,196 KB) ; Sissons (ppts): 9 March - Jeff Sissons (990 KB)
  • EPIC-MPOWER seminar, 12 February, by Prof. Molefe Maleka on "The importance of a Living Wage in South Africa" on 12 February 2016. Flyer:  and powerpoints:  Molefe presentation on LW.pptx (4,603 KB)  
  • MPOWER seminar by an overseas visiting scholar, January: A-Prof. Hari Bapuji (Uni. of Manatoba) on organisational strategy, inequality and impact: Video recording: and flyer:  MPOWER seminar - Assoc_-Prof Bapuji (26 January 2016).docx (625 KB)  



In September 2016, MPOWER its third annual Researcher Support Awards at SA Partners' Continuous Improvement Conference at Massey's Albany Campus. The awards recognise and financially support emerging researchers at Massey University who are working on projects concerned with areas of people and work management. 

Overall award winners

  • Kasuni Weerasinghe, with her PhD project, 'Big data in NZ healthcre: A socio-cognitive approach'; and
  • Murray Brown, with his Masters project, 'Management perceptions of NZ's ageing labour force: a resource-based view'.

There were also seven highly-commended award winners:

  • Heather Stephens with her Masters project, 'People dimension of change management in SMEs in New Zealand business environments';
  • Shamalka Perera with her PhD project, 'Cultural diversity and inclusion in New Zealand workplaces';
  • Nimeesha Odedra with her PhD project, 'Subtle but cumulatively damaging: Understanding the potential impact of subtle and implicit discrimination in the workplace using a 'micro-aggression' approach';
  • Natalia D'Souza with her PhD project, 'Exploring New Zealand Nurses' Experience of Workplace Cyberbullying: Advancing knowledge around prevention and intervention';
  • Tim Winstone with his Masters project, 'Delivering and sustaining change with a management operating system: The journey towards medicines optimisation';
  • Zoe Port with her Bachelors (Honours) project, 'Violence in the New Zealand workplace: A study of risk factors and organisational responses'; and
  • Wahab Shahbaz with his PhD project, 'Psychological entitlement and workplace outcomes: The moderating role of mindfulness'.

The awards were presented by Mark Powell (CEO-in-residence, Massey Business School) and Professor Jane Parker (MPOWER Co-Director). The panel of judges included Professors Jim Arrowsmith and Tim Bentley and Sonia Appleby-Maine (The Warehouse Group). 

The Conference was co-organised by MPOWER.

MPOWER will present its research awards again in 2017. Keep an eye on our website for forthcoming details.

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