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Massey recognises strong partnership between Council and university

Friday August 2 2019

Palmerston North City Council has been presented with a Partnership Excellence Award by Massey University.

Photo shows deputy mayor and city planner holding with a framed certificate, flanked by Massey chancellor and vice-chancellor.

Left to right: Massey University Chancellor Michael Ahie, Palmerston North Deputy Mayor Tangi Utikere, PNCC City Planning Manager David Murphy, and Massey Vice Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas.

Deputy Mayor Tangi Utikere accepted the award from Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas at a function in Auckland on Wednesday night, where Massey celebrated its top graduates, researchers and teachers, as well as international and domestic partner organisations.

"This is a magnificent achievement and recognises the strong partnership between Massey and the city for more than 90 years," says Mr Utikere. "We have a number of initiatives that Palmerston North City Council and Massey University have partnered on and they touch across all of Massey's Colleges.

"Massey University is of vital importance to our city in many ways and is a key player in helping us achieve our vision for the city. We look forward to continuing our close relationship in the years ahead."

Recent examples of the relationship between Council and Massey 

  • As a strategic partner in Food HQ
  • Collaboration with the creation of the He Ara Kotahi shared pathway which has developed a better connection between the city and Massey campus
  • The development and co-management of the Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery where Massey University’s veterinary wildlife specialists work on-site with the recovery and rehabilitation of wildlife
  • Contributions to the Sport and Rugby Institute
  • Contributions to the development of an international level artificial hockey turf which is currently under construction
  • Hosting student interns
  • As an integral partner in the delivery of Massey’s Resource and Environmental Planning programme for many decades
  • Supporting the Living Labs Active Transport research
  • Supporting the New Zealand Food Awards