The University Council

Massey University’s governing body is called the University Council. Council members include lay, academic and student members who are responsible for overseeing the management and control of the affairs, concerns and property of the University. Its Chair, and ceremonial head of the University, is the Chancellor, elected by Council from within its ranks.

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Schedule of Council and Committee Meetings

The scheduled dates are for meetings of the Council and its principal Committees for 2021 and 2022. The dates, times, and venues may be changed on occasion. Please contact the Governance Advisor, Office of Governance and Assurance to confirm meeting date, time and venue if needed.

Download or print a copy of the Council and Committee Meeting Schedule for 2021 and 2022, including dates for graduation, from the link below.

Council and Committee meeting schedule (224 KB)

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Council meeting papers

Council meeting papers are available for download or print in PDF format.

Parties may request copies of documents as per the Official Information Act 1982 and Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 by contacting the Governance Advisor, Office of Governance and Assurance. A small charge for photocopying may apply.

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Front Row: Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas; Chancellor, Michael Ahie; Ngahuia Kirton; Oriana Paewai

Back Row: Professor Sarah Leberman; Ian Marshall; Alistair Davis; Tina Wilson; Nigel Barker; Colin Harvey

Absent: Pro-Chancellor, Ben Vanderkolk and Traci Houpapa

University Council members


Pro Chancellor

  • Mr Ben Vanderkolk LLB Cant


  • Professor Jan Thomas BSc Murd., BVMS Murd., MVS Melb., PhD Murd., MACVs, FAICD, FAIM

Members appointed by the Minister of Education

  • Mr Michael Ahie BBS (Hons)
  • Ross Buckley BBS (Massey) FCPA
  • Angela Hauk-Willis MA (Freiburg im Breisgau)
  • Ms Oriana Paewai

Elected permanent member of academic staff 

  • Professor Sarah Leberman MNZM, BA (Cambridge) UK, MA (Applied), PhD (VUW), CMInstD

Elected permanent member of professional staff

  • Mr Nigel Barker BBS, CertATchg, Grad IFE

Member elected by Massey University students

  • Ms Ngahuia Kirton

Members appointed by Council on nomination of Vice-Chancellor

  • Mr Alistair Davis LLB BCA
  • Ms Traci Houpapa MNZM MBA (Massey)
  • Mr Ian Marshall BCom (Natal) CAANZ
  • Mr Ben Vanderkolk LLB Cant

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Massey University Council Constitution 2015

The Constitution of Massey University Council Notice 2015 was approved by the Minister of Tertiary Education and gazetted on 6 August 2015.

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Council News

Professor Jan Thomas reappointed as Vice-Chancellor for second term
Tuesday 1 June 2021
Massey University's Council today confirmed the reappointment of Professor Jan Thomas as Vice-Chancellor for a second term.
Student member of Massey Council successfully re-elected
Wednesday 25 November 2020
Ngahuia Kirton has maintained her position as the student member on the Massey University Council.