Massey University

Also known as:

  • Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa

The 'History of Massey University' explains how the institution has "grown from a small agricultural college in Palmerston North to become New Zealand's largest residential university... spread across three campuses and [with many] distance students."

"Massey University College of Manawatu became Massey University of Manawatu on 1 January 1964 under the Massey University of Manawatu Act 1963. The new university had full autonomy and degree-conferring powers under the Act."

"On 20 March 1993, Massey University's Auckland campus in Albany was officially inaugurated with a tree-planting ceremony.

The university introduced a two-semester year (with a possible third semester in the summer) at the Auckland campus in 1994. The two-semester year was introduced at the Manawatū campus the following year.

In the late 1990s, Massey University launched its Graduate School of Business and, in partnership with Auckland College of Education, a Graduate School of Education."

"Massey University extended its reach to Wellington when it merged with the Wellington Polytechnic on 1 July 1999 to establish the College of Design, Fine Arts and Music (now the College of Creative Arts).

Wellington Polytechnic had a long and rich history with its roots in the Wellington School of Design, later known as the Wellington Technical College, which was established in 1886. The merger with Massey University made the polytechnic's academic programmes, after some adjustment, the first of their kind in New Zealand to attain university status.

In 2004, the New Zealand School of Music was formed when Massey's Conservatorium of Music combined with Victoria University of Wellington's School of Music."

See also:

Cliff Whiting (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, ONZ), ‘Whiti Te Ra’ (1960), Te Pūtahi-a-Toi School of Māori Studies, Massey University, Turitea Campus, Te Papa-i-oea Palmerston North

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2022