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After 11 years building the Healtheries brand into the third largest health and wellbeing company in Australasia, Sarah Kennedy resigned at the end of last year and is about to embark on a new adventure in June, having been awarded a Sloan Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.
Ms Kennedy admits she was incredibly rebellious at school, but when she arrived at Massey University at the age of 17 to study veterinary science, she fell in love with learning, and the way an inquiring mind was so generously rewarded by the lecturers. Because it was a small intake for the five-year course, she considers herself lucky to have studied with an extremely close cohort of colleagues, many of whom remain good friends.
She practised as a veterinary surgeon for four years, then focused on aquaculture and nutrition. It was while working for stock feed manufacturer NRM that she returned to study marketing, management and business finance, and she moved her way up the ranks to the role of general manager. Ms Kennedy then moved to Tegal Foods as business manager – retail markets, where she was responsible for all the sales, marketing and product development of chicken products into the New Zealand retail market, and won several marketing awards.
She joined Healtheries as managing director in 1998. The business expanded rapidly through organic growth and acquisition. In 2007, Healtheries was taken over by Capital Health along with another company, Nutralife, and Kennedy was appointed group chief executive officer. For the past two years, she has devoted her energies to integrating the two companies to form Vitaco Health.
She completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2003 and has served on numerous business and community boards, including International Accreditation of New Zealand, Export New Zealand and Commercialising Research and Development Action Group. She is also on the Board of Global Women, an organisation that provides leadership, mentoring and access to peer networks for New Zealand’s women leaders.
The director and co-founder of Weta Workshops is a multiple Academy Award winner. Richard Taylor has taken the graphic design skills learnt at Wellington Polytechnic (which merged with Massey in 1999) and built an impressive career. He first learnt to sculpt with clay from the family farm at Patumahoe, where he grew up.
He and partner Tania Rodger had a dream to create a special effects facility to support New Zealand film and television, and the results have been stunning. From Spitting Image to Meet the Feebles, Braindead to Black Sheep, and the phenomenon that was The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Weta Workshop has been instrumental in putting New Zealand’s creative industries on the world stage, bringing home armloads of BAFTAs and Academy Awards and injecting international funds into the local economy.
Mr Taylor has expanded his business interests by diversifying into companies including one producing limited edition high-end art pieces for collectors. He has also collaborated with Martin Baynton and Ms Rodger to establish Pukeko Pictures, a television production company currently responsible for successful international children’s programmes The WotWots and Jane and the Dragon.
He has received business awards, including the Ernst & Young 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year Award and he was the supreme winner of last year's World Class New Zealand Awards. He is a member of the University's College of Creative Arts Hall of Fame.
“I started the visual communication and design course at Massey some 25 years ago, never imagining that this course, at what was then a polytechnic, would be the gateway to such an enjoyable career and one that I could experience without leaving the city of Wellington," Mr Taylor says. "To jump forward all these years to 2010 and to be offered such a prestigious award amongst the alumni of this wonderful university is a really terrific thing.”
Dr Judy McGregor trained as a lawyer and spent 20 years in the newspaper industry, working as editor of the Sunday News, the Auckland Star, and the Women in Management Review. In addition to an arts degree from Waikato and legal qualifications from Victoria and Auckland universities, she has a doctorate in political communication from Massey, and has held positions as the head of Human Resource Management and head of the Communication and Journalism School at Massey. Dr McGregor was founder and convenor of the New Zealand Centre for Women and Leadership, a member of the Massey University Council, a member and chair of the University Research Committee and chair of the Harassment Committee for a number of years. She has written seven books.
Since 2003 she has been the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, focusing on pay equity, ageism in the workplace and extending equal employment opportunities in the public and private sectors.
She has worked with human rights institutions in Jordan, Palestine, Malaysia and with journalists in the Pacific Rim to develop media and communications strategies around human rights issues. In 2006 she was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to journalism.
“Like many other women in New Zealand, I began university study through Massey as an extramural student," Dr McGregor says. "Massey University should be very proud of its wonderful distance learning legacy for generations of Kiwis."
Dr Lockwood Smith
Parliament's Speaker, Dr Lockwood Smith, is now in his ninth term as an MP after being elected on the National Party ticket for Rodney in 1984. He has been Speaker of the House since 2008.
Dr Smith grew up in Northland, attended Auckland Grammar School and completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a Master of Agricultural Science at Massey, winning a Massey Scholarship. He credits the late Associate Professor Arnold Davey with developing his interest in ruminant nutrition.
He was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship and completed a PhD in animal science at Adelaide University in 1980. He also represented South Australia in rowing and competed nationally in surfboat rowing in New Zealand. He worked as a junior lecturer at Massey, as a television presenter and as marketing manager for the New Zealand Dairy Board for Central and Southeast Asia. He established a Belgian Blue beef stud in Northland, which he continues to run.
Dr Smith believes the way Massey’s science programmes were developed, bringing together theoretical and applied learning, had a synergistic effect on learning outcomes. It later influenced his thinking as Minister of Education while developing the national qualifications framework, an innovative concept that unites both theoretical and applied learning in a single framework.
During his 26 years in Parliament, he has held numerous ministerial portfolios. He says a highlight of his nine years as a minister was chairing the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum when New Zealand hosted it in Auckland in 1999, and going on to chair one of the main working groups of the World Trade Organisation the same year.
“I have a great love of Massey because of its influence on my life both academically and socially," he says. "To be an inaugural recipient of this award is an unprecedented honour, and one I am delighted to accept.”
Sir Alan Frampton
Professor Emeritus Sir Alan Frampton was inspired to study agriculture by a Dairy Board consultant who visited the family farm at Morrinsville and talked about the scientific developments in pasture production, farm management and animal nutrition.
At the age of 25, along with his wife Rae and two children, Sir Alan appointed a manager to the farm and departed for Manawatu to study agricultural science, a time he remembers as extremely demanding, with the necessity to succeed paramount. He gained his bachelor and master's degrees in agricultural science and then moved to the United States to complete a doctorate in agricultural economics at Cornell University. He returned to Massey as Professor of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management from 1968-77, was Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticultural Sciences from 1977-83 and also Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor (Farms and Research Units) from 1974-83.
He was instrumental in setting up the first market research centre, a marketing department and a school of business, and was appointed chairman of the Board of Studies administering the then School of Business. In 1973, he was appointed to the Dairy Board and over the next 20 years, helped redevelop the board to focus on value-added products, research and the international marketplace. In 1982 he was appointed a director of dairy company Tatua, becoming chairman in 1990, and stepping down in October 2003. He was also the inaugural chairman of AgResearch and chairman of the NZ Association of Crown Research Institutes.Awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by Massey University in 2002, Sir Alan was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to agriculture in 2005, a title which equated to and was subsequently made into a knighthood in August last year.
He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management, the Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, and remains a trustee of the Limestone Downs Trust, administering the Limestone Downs farm at Port Waikato.
“If New Zealand is to maintain and improve its wellbeing relative to other advanced countries, we must continually increase our stock of knowledge, particularly in those fields in which we may have a competitive advantage," Sir Alan says. "Restrictions of many kinds are being applied to the release of information by research institutions, so in those fields of importance to New Zealand, we must do our own research and not rely on overseas work. The University has a vital contribution to make in this endeavour.”
Dr Shaun Hendy
Dr Shaun Hendy credits his parents for enabling his predisposition for sciences. He grew up in Palmerston North, where his father, Professor Mike Hendy, worked in the mathematics department at Massey and was later the founding executive director of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Biology and Evolution.
Dr Hendy's first research paper came out of a summer school scholarship in 1992 with the Mathematics Department, working with Professor Graeme Wake on modelling and simulating the growth of wool on sheep that were subject to a variety of grazing strategies. Sir Paul Callaghan was also a strong influence and by the end of his degree, Hendy felt torn between physics and mathematics.
Graduating in 1993 with a BSc (Hons) in mathematical physics, Dr Hendy completed a PhD at the University of Alberta, Canada, working on calculating the patterns of gravitational radiation that would be emitted from large objects orbiting black holes. He was approached in 2002 by founding director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Sir Paul Callaghan, and invited to join the as principal investigator.
Now deputy director of the MacDiarmid Institute, he shares his time between Industrial Research Ltd and Victoria University of Wellington.
“I am passionate about New Zealand science and devote a lot of time and energy into communicating the importance of science for our society’s wellbeing and future development," Dr Hendy says. "This award reflects the high regard that Massey University holds for its scientists, and I am delighted to receive it.”
Energy, focus, drive and commitment are apt adjectives to describe Yvette McCausland-Durie (Ngäti Awa, Ngä Puhi), currently the head coach for the Pulse netball team, and of last year's New Zealand Under-21 team.
Until recently, the mother of two also worked alongside her husband Nathan Durie at Tu Toa, a tiny correspondence school they co-founded in Palmerston North. Its educational philosophy is to focus on and foster excellence in academic, sporting and cultural programmes for its students, and it is rapidly gaining a reputation as a national talent incubator for emerging Mäori athletes.
Mrs McCausland-Durie, who grew up in Whangarei, represented New Zealand in track and field events in the World Junior Championships in Bulgaria in 1990. She began coaching netball at the age of 17, and played for the Silver Ferns from 1995-97. She completed a Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching from Auckland Teachers' College, then a Master of Education at Massey in 2005 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Management. Although she is now full-time with the Pulse, she still coaches the Tu Toa team, which won last year's national secondary schools netball championship. She was named Mäori Coach of the Year at last year's Mäori Sports Awards.
“I love coaching and teaching, and enjoy giving time to the holistic development of athletes. When you see athletes progress and stay involved beyond their time with you, it is fulfilling.”