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Student health and safety video competition

Massey University has a massive commitment to look after its students. Your health and safety matters to us. We need to do the best we can to give you important information about how to stay safe on our campuses.

Staff use a pretty dull health and safety PowerPoint presentation during initial lectures. We know this isn't the most effective way to give you the key information you need to stay safe and healthy, so we want to change that... and we need your help. After all, this is all about you.

We are taking a leaf out of a certain airline’s playbook. You might know them - they get attention whenever they release their safety videos. We think presenting safety information like this might just work. So, who knows how to engage with students? Well, students!! This is where you come in.

We’re running a competition for students to film our “Massey University Safety Video”. We want you to design, film and produce our new safety video. We’ll pick our favourite and use it for the next few years.


The winning entry will receive $8000 cash, plus the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that you’re helping to keep your fellow students safe and healthy!

Judging criteria

We’ll be judging your video on the following attributes:

  • Creativity
  • Engagement Value and Fun
  • Content
  • Quality

The safety video needs to reflect who Massey is and our values as a university. Racist, sexist or discriminatory language is not permitted. Any videos containing this type of content will be thrown out.

Video requirements

We don't want to tell you HOW to communicate your safety message, but we need to make sure it covers key safety information.

Those who appear in your video need to sign a release form that allows us to use the video. You'll need to include these with your submission.

Technical specifications

The video will be hosted online and will be shared on social media, so videos need to be:

  • 1080p (minimum resolution) in 16:9 aspect ratio
  • MP4 format
  • Audio need to be clear and of a consistent quality and volume.

Key information content

Your entry needs to cover the following key safety information in some way. You can reword and reorganise the information. This is what students need to know.


While you're studying, you'll potentially be learning to operate in new environments or using equipment and materials you may be unfamiliar with.

Many of these areas, materials and items will have the potential to cause harm.

  • If you're studying in an area that contains anything that has the potential to cause harm (a hazard), please make sure you understand what you need to do, not do, or wear to stay safe.
  • If you're unsure what could cause harm, please ask a staff member before you start an activity

Be responsible for your safety and the safety of others around you.


Please let the university know as soon as possible – even if nobody got hurt.

We want to learn from anything that happens to prevent it from happening again or causing more serious injuries. Massey has a “no blame” approach to investigations. 

To report an incident, please use the online reporting tool on the Massey website or the Massey University app.

  • If First Aid is required, there are trained first aiders and kits available to you.
  • If an ambulance is required – make two calls. First call 111, and then call campus security

Emergency procedures

What to do in a fire:

  • Set off the alarms
  • Evacuate the building and assemble at the designated area
    • Do not take drinks or bags – these can become dangerous if dropped
  • Remain at the assembly area until given the all clear

What to do in an earthquake:

  • Drop, Cover, Hold
  • Evacuate once the shaking has stopped

What to do in the event of armed violence:

  • Run, Hide, Tell
  • Massey University will communicate using the Massey Uni App (download now!), social media and its website

Smoking on campus

Our campuses are no-smoking and no-vaping areas. Temporary shelters are available for those who need them – check out the campus maps for details on locations.

Contact health and counselling for support quitting.


On each campus, where do students find:

  • Health and Counselling services
  • Rec Centres 

Massey is Rainbow Tick accredited, we welcome diversity.


Only authorised people are to be in buildings after hours, please don’t leave doors open or let others in.

  • Keep your ID card with you at all times
  • Stick to well-lit areas after dark, and try to walk with others
  • Don’t leave your valuable items unattended

Remember, the key message is the important part of your video.

How to enter

Entries must be from students enrolled in study at Massey University during 2019 and who reside in New Zealand. 

Entries must be submitted by sending the video on a memory stick, DVD or similar removable media device, along with supporting documentation (completed entry form and signed talent release form(s)) to:

Paul Robertson – Director Health, Safety and Wellbeing (PN202A)
Massey University
Private Bag 11222
Palmerston North 4442

Safety video competition: Entry form and Terms and Conditions (130 KB)

The deadline for entries is 11:59pm on 12 December 2019. Entries received after the deadline will not be accepted.

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