Kia ora from Massey’s Vice-Chancellor

I would like to give a warm congratulations to our newest alumni who have just graduated. Although COVID-19 meant in-person graduation ceremonies weren’t possible in November, it’s important to celebrate this milestone in your learning journey.

I hope you found some way to celebrate with your whānau and friends. If you’re happy to share with us how you marked the special occasion, please get in touch. I know that graduating is also an important milestone for your family and friends who have walked alongside you and supported you the whole way.

Though it has been a challenging year, I know our Massey alumni community is out there making a huge difference in communities and the professions they serve. I am heartened by the stories of alumni around the world making a positive impact and this latest newsletter includes several stories that show this.

Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa is the Māori name for Massey University, which was gifted to us in 1997. It emphasises that the pursuit of learning is an endless journey and the name translates to “from inception to infinity”. Our Massey whānau is an expansive global community, so please keep in touch wherever your journey takes you.

As the holiday period nears, I hope you have time to rest, reflect and refill your cup over the next few months. Here in New Zealand, pōhutukawa are starting to bloom, signifying the start of those long summer days.

Ngā mihi nui,

Professor Jan Thomas
Massey University Vice-Chancellor