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New Massey University chancellor elected following comment controversy


Last updated 11:32, December 16 2016

David Wiltshire

Michael Ahie is Massey University's new chancellor. He takes over from former leader Chris Kelly.

Massey University has chosen a new chancellor following the resignation of former leader Chris Kelly, who stepped down after receiving widespread condemnation for his comments about female vets.

The university announced on Friday Michael Ahie, pro chancellor of the Massey University Council, will take over the position.

Kelly resigned from the position earlier this week after coming under fire for comments he made in a rural publication, where he said female vet graduates were worth just "two-fifths" of a fulltime equivalent male vet.

Cameron Burnell

Former chancellor Chris Kelly has been replaced by Michael Ahie.

Kelly issued an apology and a retraction after the comments were picked up by national media, but resigned a day later.

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"Having had time to carefully consider the views of many staff, students and stakeholders, I believe that it is in the interests of the university that I step aside," he said.

Massey University chancellor Chris Kelly has apologised for his comments about female vets.

Ahie was voted into the new position by the Massey University Council in an election on Thursday.

Ahie joined the Massey University Council in December 2012 as an appointee of the Minister of Tertiary Education and has been pro chancellor (deputy chair) since December 2013.

Ahie said he it was an honour to take up the position as chancellor.

"I am looking forward to working with staff, students, my fellow council members and all the many supporters and alumni of the university.

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"I feel proud and thankful for the opportunity we have ahead of us. I am sure 2017 will be another successful year for Massey."

Ahie was raised in Opunake and lives in Wellington.

He is chairman of the Plant and Food Research board of directors, the Food Safety Assurance Advisory Council, ComplyWith NZ Ltd and the Plant Market Access Council.

He is also a founding partner of business coaching company AltusQ New Zealand Ltd, and a director of several other organisations including Farmers Mutual Group and BCC Ltd.

Ahie has a Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) from Massey and has held senior roles at Toyota New Zealand, the New Zealand Dairy Board and Wrightson Ltd.

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