Last week a State of National Emergency was declared in New Zealand as all but essential services close down in a bid to beat the spread of Covid-19 across Aotearoa. Borders have closed all over the world, travel is almost at a standstill, and we are embarking on a road untravelled. This has called upon all our creative reserves and resilience as we endeavour to isolate and not gather, use digital tools instead of direct contact, read, write and learn in our own time and within our own homes.

We are working hard to ensure the best possible outcomes for our staff, students and alumni. Already a leader in distance learning in many subjects, it has still been a steep learning curve in areas that traditionally use more face to face teaching. An enormous amount of work has gone into translating as much as possible into online environments, and to assure students there will be continuity of their studies in these fluid times. Above all, there is a strong commitment to ensure the wellbeing of our Massey community is the top priority, and that we are responding with flexibility, understanding and kindness. Students are being updated regularly with what this will mean for their studies and staff are being supported to work from home.

Wherever you are in the world as Massey alumni, we have you in our thoughts, and we will get through this collectively. We would love to hear from you about your response to this extraordinary situation, wherever you are in the world contact us at

To find out more about Massey’s response to Covid-19, please visit our COVID-19 web page.

Kia mau, kia ū, otirā kia haumaru   
Hold fast, stay strong, furthermore be safe

Tere McGonagle-Daly
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Students and Alumni

April 5, 2020