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The University Council

The University Council

Massey University’s governing body is called the University Council. Council members include lay, academic and student members who are responsible for overseeing the management and control of the affairs, concerns and property of the University. It's Chair, and ceremonial head of the University, is the Chancellor, elected by Council from within its ranks.

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Find out about the Academic Board and Committees.

Schedule of Council meetings

The 2018 meeting schedule for Council, Council committees and graduations is provided below.

Council and Committee meeting and graduation dates.pdf (109 KB)

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Council meeting papers

Council meeting papers are available for download or print in PDF format.

Parties may request copies of documents as per the Official Information Act 1982 and Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 by contacting the Executive Secretary, Office of University Registrar. A small charge for photocopying may apply.

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University Council members


  • Mr Michael Ahie BBS (Hons)

Pro Chancellor

  • Dr Helen Anderson QSO PhD(Cantab), CRSNZ, CFlnstD


  • Professor Jan Thomas BSc Murd., BVMS Murd., MVS Melb., PhD Murd., MACVs, FAICD, FAIM

Members appointed by the Minister of Education

  • Mr Michael Ahie BBS (Hons)
  • Dr Helen Anderson QSO PhD Cantab CRSNZ FInstD
  • Mr Colin Harvey ONZM BAgSc, BCC Auck 
  • Mr Ben Vanderkolk LLB Cant

Elected permanent member of academic staff

  • Distinguished Professor Gaven Martin BSc(Hons) MSc PhD Michigan FRSNZ FAMS, FNZMS

Elected permanent member of professional staff

  • Ms Jacqui Hofmann BA Well GDipInfSc

Member elected by Massey University students

  • Mr David McNab BBS (Massey) MInstD

Members appointed by Council on nomination of Vice-Chancellor

  • Mr Alistair Davis LLB BCA
  • Mr Ian Marshall BCom (Natal) CAANZ
  • Ms Tina Wilson BBS, BA (Māori Representative)
  • Mr Carl Worker MA Oxf.

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Massey University Council Constitution 2015

The Constitution of Massey University Council Notice 2015 was approved by the Minister of Tertiary Education and gazetted on 6 August 2015.

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Page authorised by Assistant Vice-Chancellor, External Relations
Last updated on Tuesday 24 July 2018

Council News

Michael Ahie elected Massey University ChancellorFriday 16 December 2016 Massey University's new Chancellor is Michael Ahie, following an election conducted by members of the Massey University Council yesterday. Leading academic appointed Massey Vice-ChancellorWednesday 12 October 2016 A veterinary scientist with an international reputation for her teaching, research and academic leadership will be the next vice-chancellor of Massey... Carl Worker appointed to University CouncilTuesday 12 July 2016 Diplomat Carl Worker has been appointed to Massey University's Council for a four-year term. Memorial for Ted DelahuntyThursday 3 September 2015 A memorial service will be held for the late Ted Delahunty (seated, third from left) at the Manawatū campus on September 19.

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