University Council , Te Kaunihera

Massey is governed by the University Council, headed up by the Chancellor. The 12 members of Council are a mix of elected and appointed positions.

The University Council oversees Massey from a governance perspective.


How the Council operates

The functions of the University Council are:

  • to appoint a chief executive in accordance with the Public Service Act 2020, and to monitor and evaluate the chief executive’s performance
  • to prepare and submit a proposed plan if the institution is seeking funding under a funding mechanism that provides for funding via plans
  • if the institution has a plan: to ensure that the institution is managed in accordance with that plan; and to determine policies to implement that plan
  • to determine, subject to the Public Service Act 2020, the policies of the institution in relation to the management of its affairs
  • to undertake planning relating to the institution’s long-term strategic direction.

Council members

The Council is made up of 12 members and is headed by the Chair, who is:

  • elected by the Council for a one-year term
  • the ceremonial head of the university
  • the Chancellor.

Council Chair / Chancellor

 Michael Ahie

Michael Ahie

Taranaki, Ngāruahine Rangi, Ngāti Ruanui
BBS (Hons) (Massey) CMInstD
Prof Jan Thomas

Prof Jan Thomas


Pro Chancellor

Annually elected by the Council for a one-year term.

 Alistair Davis

Alistair Davis

Pro Chancellor

Members appointed by the Minister of Education

Current four Council members appointed for a four year term.

 Michael Ahie

Michael Ahie

Taranaki, Ngāruahine Rangi, Ngāti Ruanui
BBS (Hons) (Massey) CMInstD
 Ross Buckley

Ross Buckley

BBS (Massey) FCA, FCPA, CMinstD
 Angela Hauk-Willis

Angela Hauk-Willis

MA (Freiburg im Breisgau - Albert-Ludwigs University, Germany)
 Oriana Paewai

Oriana Paewai

Rangitāne, Kauwhata, Raukawa ki te Tonga

Elected permanent member of academic staff

Current permanent academic staff member elected by academic staff for a four year term.

Professor Sarah Leberman

Professor Sarah Leberman

PhD (VUW), MA (Cantab UK), MA (Applied) (VUW) MNZM, CMInstD
Professor of Leadership

Elected permanent member of professional staff

Current permanent professional staff member elected by general staff for a four year term.

 Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker

MALP, BBS, CertATchg, Grad IFE

Elected student member

Current member elected by the students enrolled at the university for a two year term.

More about students in leadership

 Minnie-Kalo Voi

Minnie-Kalo Voi

Bachelor of Business student

Members appointed by Council on nomination of the Vice-Chancellor

Current four members appointed by Council for a four year term.

 Paul Brock

Paul Brock

BBS (Massey)
 Alistair Davis

Alistair Davis

Pro Chancellor
 Traci Houpapa

Traci Houpapa

Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto, Taranaki and Ngāti Tūwharetoa
MNZM MBA (Massey)
 Caren Rangi

Caren Rangi

Rarotonga, Rakahanga, Manihiki
ONZM, FCA, BBS (Massey)
University Council 2022

The University Council 2022

Council meeting dates

Part One of all Council meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend in person or by video conference, please contact governance@massey.ac.nz.


This table shows the 2023 University Council meeting dates, including location.
Date Day Start time Location
9 March Thursday 9am ѲԲɲū
18 May Thursday 10am Wellington
20 July Thursday 9am ѲԲɲū
21 September Thursday 9.30am to 4pm Auckland
2 November Thursday 9am Online
7 December Thursday 9am ѲԲɲū

Council meeting papers and agendas


Past meetings

If you would like papers from earlier meetings, please contact governance@massey.ac.nz.

Council sub-committees

Three sub-committees sit underneath the University Council:

  • the Academic Board
  • the Finance and Assurance Committee
  • the People and Culture Committee

More about Council committees and Board

Council and committee contact

Chanell Meehan

Governance Adviser
Governance and Assurance

Contact Chanell at the Governance and Assurance office for governance enquiries and about council and committee meetings.

Contact Massey

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+64 6 350 5618

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