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Michael Ahie Michael Ahie BBS (Hons)

Taranaki, Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Ruanui

Chancellor of Massey University

33 years after driving into Massey University as a fresh faced student with everything he owned packed into his Metallic Blue Vauxhall Chevette, Michael Ahie, is back as the University’s Chancellor.

The Wellington based businessman was appointed to the university council by the Minister of Tertiary Education in December 2012 and has been Pro Chancellor (deputy chairman) since December 2013. Mr Ahie is a Massey alumni having graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies with First Class Honours in Marketing.

Mr Ahie grew up in the coastal town of Opanake in Taranaki and says his parents and grandparents were insistent about the importance of education. “My grandfather always told me education changes lives and it has changed mine.” Unlike most of his school friends he headed to university where he not only ignited a passion for business but met a fellow student who would become his wife of 24 years, Janine. They now have two sons.

After spending 18 years in corporate life, including senior roles at Toyota New Zealand, the New Zealand Dairy Board and Wrightson Ltd Mr Ahie decided to change direction. He founded a company AltusQ New Zealand dedicated to coaching and mentoring people in organisations. He also chairs the Plant and Food Research board of directors, the Food Safety Assurance Advisory Council, ComplyWith NZ Ltd and the Plant Market Access Council.

Mr Ahie says he’s excited by the transformational power of education. “Massey is positioned to deliver to students especially through its distance learning programmes which can reach people in every corner of the country and this is particularly important for Māori communities.”

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