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Massey University Ambassadors

Massey student ambassadors assist the student recruitment team with events and school visits. These ambassadors provide insight into student life and study at Massey University. They're a great bunch who like to have fun while sharing their knowledge and experience with others.

Ambassadors by campus

Auckland ambassadors

Amy Gardner, PhD

Hi, I'm Amy Amy Gardner

I've completed my Bachelor of Engineering - Mechatronics at Massey's Manawatu campus in 2016. It was grueling but incredibly rewarding. In 2017, I took on the amazing opportunity to carry on my study as a PhD at the Albany campus. I'm now in my third year!

Even though it was a while ago, I still remember the pre-uni jitters about trying to decide which course to study. What really helped me was talking to teachers and family, and also going to as many uni open days as possible.

I look forward to sharing my experience with you and helping to find your way in the tertiary world."

Tess James, BBus

Hi, I'm Tess

I am currently in my second year of studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in Property.

I graduated from Long Bay College in 2017, and can clearly remember my apprehension and nerves about leaving the comfort of what I’d known for so long.

However, I quickly found my footing and got to experience all disciplines of business through the core first year papers. This year I am excited to be able to specialise more in my area of interest while carrying through the crucial knowledge I learnt last year.

This is my first year as a Student Ambassador for Albany and I am looking forward to having a positive impact on other students’ experiences here and helping them to find their footing and place within Massey.

Moana Fifita, BHSc

Mālō e lelei!

My name is Ikamoana Fifita but I go by “Moana” for short.

I graduated in November 2018 with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Mental Health. Currently, I’m in my first year of a Master of Science with an endorsement in Health Psychology.

My high schooling journey was quite unique in that I attended Palmerston North Girls High School from Year 9-10 (Semper Sursum!) and moved to Te Awamutu College for Year 11-13 (Kia Kaha!).

Fresh out of high school, I originally wasn’t going to attend Massey University but by the powers that be, I made it here and can honestly say - it’s been the best decision I’ve made thus far.

If you’re worried about the prospect of university and all that comes with that, don’t be. Talk with your careers advisors’, go to the open days, and most importantly - know yourself and your passions.

If you see me around, feel free to come up for a chat about anything your heart desires. I look forward to exchanging stories with you!

Mālō ‘aupito!

Rose Fitzmaurice, BA/BBus

Hi, I'm Rose 

I am in my fourth and final year of study at Massey University Albany where I am doing a Conjoint Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Marketing and Psychology.

In 2015, I graduated from Orewa College - I distinctly remember my nerves for coming to University but have absolute loved my experience so far.

The academic, sporting and cultural activities and communities have been vast at University! Furthermore, as someone who loves to play sport, I have had the opportunity to establish a basketball club on campus and represent the University at the UTSNZ championships. I have also had great leadership opportunities such as being the Massey University representative and chairperson on the student athlete commission for UTSNZ, the president of the Basketball club, and of course being a Massey Ambassador!

I look forward to sharing my University experience with students - showing the awesome things ahead at Massey University, and to help students have new and exciting opportunities at Massey University too!

If you see me at the Albany campus feel free to come up to me ask any questions or even have a chat. See you around!"

Manawatū ambassadors

Ashleigh Tahiwi, BSc

Kia ora, my name is Ashleigh Tahiwi.

I'm from Palmerston North and attended Manukura for my high school years. I really enjoy playing sports, mainly netball and further developing my knowledge around Te Ao Māori.

This year I have transferred from the University of Otago to Massey University and am in my 2nd year of completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology.

I have a passion for helping people reach their best. I'm hoping to do an extra year postgraduate to become a Science Teacher. I'm really enjoying my first year studying at Massey so far and I'm excited about what’s to come!

Jemina Hohaia, BA

Kia ora! My name is Jemina.

I'm two and a half years into my BA majoring in Psychology, but have also completed a full year of foundation studies after graduating from Whangaparoa College. I have a huge passion for working with students and have worked closely with Te Rau Tauawhi Māori Student Centre in helping guide and support first year Māori students through their studies. I'm also privileged to be a bursar for Te Rau Pauawai, who support and guide me in my own studies. On the side, I'm a keen netball player and love being active. I've been part of the Massey netball club for two years and absolutely love it.

As a student ambassador I hope my experience and knowledge helps other students and their journey through Massey University.

Megan Joy, Pre-Vet

Hi I’m Megan

I’m currently in the pre-vet selection course here at Massey Manawatū and before that I was at Trident College.

My big dream is to be a wildlife veterinarian involved in conservation programs that help educate and integrate local people in global conservation efforts. I know it sounds like a pretty far-fetched career! But because Massey’s Veterinary Science programme would offer me opportunities in so many countries around the world I knew it would be a good place to start!

Aside from all of my "sciency" interests I love being part of jazz bands and community orchestras as it’s an excuse to have some fun, do some socialising and play my saxophone and flute. I’m definitely looking forward to exploring what Palmy has to offer in regards to the performing arts too.

Te Matau O Te Rangi Allen, BE (Hon)

Ko Te Matau O Te Rangi tōku ingoa, no Whanganui, rātou ko Tainui, ko Tūwharetoa ahau. Hey guys, I'm Te (as in the letter T!).

I went to Ruapehu College and now I'm studying Mechatronic Engineering. I love being a student at Massey University because my mind is always being challenged and I'm surrounded by inspirational people. If this interests you then Massey is definitely the place to set your sights for your career or business.

I'm honoured to have the role as a Massey University Ambassador, it is something that I take very seriously. So any time I can assist you just let me know. If you are a fellow student or an alumni, if you're a year 13 with the same questions I had about Massey or a parent who wants to know the inside stuff that's not on the website or brochures, then I am excited to talk to you too. I'm always available to talk unless I'm in lectures, tutorials, study groups or the gym!

Massey University is a great place with a world renown reputation. Massey has wonderful programs of study, fantastic facilities, a beautiful campus and world-class lecturers.

I hope that we can get to meet real soon. If you want to know a little bit more about me, here is a link to a speech I gave when I was in year 12.

Tessa Williams, BMVA

Tēnā koutou, ko Tessa Williams ahau.

I've been working for myself for the last seven years as a family portrait photographer. I now understand that I can better utilize my expertise and voice my opinion on important issues that affect my community, raise awareness and start conversations of change.

I decided to return to study to evolve my practice, so the Bachelor in Māori Visual Arts with its amazing staff of practicing artists was the obvious choice for me. But it wasn't the easiest choice. I am a mother of three, with a husband in the army who has to be away frequently, we live in Wellington so I travel twice a week to the Palmerston North campus, and I still want to run my business while studying fulltime. I'm looking forward to sharing my experience and connecting with you on your journey. E roa a raro, e tata a runga - The journey is far, but the sky is nearer

Tupou Veiogo, BBus

Bula! I'm Tupou

I'm currently studying in my third year for a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting. I first came to New Zealand as an international student in 2015 and attended Palmerston North Boys' High School in Year 12 and 13. I really enjoyed my time with experiences in academics, sports, cultural events and boarding life. I chose Massey in Palmy because of how convenient and safe the campus location is.

I also enjoyed my first year in the halls City Court, as I got the chance to meet new amazing people and be exposed to the study, cultural, and essentially the student social life. I'm still loving my time here at Massey.  I'm back in City Court as a Residential Assistant (RA) in my final year. My degree has become more challenging and yet so exciting and interesting at the same time. I've also got the opportunity to be an Intern for an Audit company this year, where I can gain a new insight, a fresh perspective in a corporate environment and develop my practical skills based on the theory work taught at Massey. I look forward to finishing my degree this year and getting into the real business world.

Wellington ambassadors

Gwyn Jones, BDes (Hon)

Hi, I'm Gwyn

I am going in to my fourth year of study at Massey University. I have an avid passion for the outdoors in particular, hunting and free-diving; other interests include design and art. I attended school in Dunedin at John McGlashan College. I chose to study Industrial Design because of students coming to talk to us in class about the incredible jobs and careers their course had lead to. I hope as a Massey Ambassador to influence and inform younger students in the same way.

Hannah Williamson

Hi, I’m Hannah!

Aside from a wee stint overseas, I grew up in Aotearoa’s beautiful garden city, Christchurch. It’s a pretty buzzy place thanks to all the new infrastructure in the city, and I love that there’s something new there every time I go home. As a kid I loved tiki touring around the South Island with my family, but never really got to know the North Island until coming to Massey University here in Wellington.

I love all things creative, and try to immerse myself in Wellington’s vibrant culture as much as I can - galleries, Uni magazines, performances, events, cute photo ops, you name it! I’ve never been in such a unique, close-knit city and it’s so clear that Welly and Massey go hand in hand in terms of culture.

This year, I’m heading into my second year of Creative Media Production (CMP) and feel right at home - the opportunities I’ve already encountered have been amazing, and every day I get to learn something new. As a creative technology major I have the chance help create the art of the future (whatever that may be). I’m super passionate about it, and as an ambassador for both CMP and Massey as a whole I can’t wait to show what we have to offer.

Imisha Greyling

Hey everyone!  Imisha Greyling

I’m studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Massey University, I’ll be a second year student in 2020.

I am from Upper Hutt college and lived in Trentham while attending. As someone who is bilingual, (I also speak Afrikaans) and loves to care for people, nursing is a perfect fit for me! Nursing gives me the opportunity to care for people while also having an insight into all the different cultures. My love for people and culture led me to enrol at Massey University in 2019.

As someone who travels into uni everyday it gives me a little extra time to prepare and to admire the city of Wellington! Studying in Wellington is a privilege as it is a gorgeous city and there is so much to explore! My first year was an absolute blast and I can not wait for the years to come.

Maisie Gray

Hey there! I’m Maisie Maisie Gray

I am currently a second year Massey student studying a Bachelor of Communication. I am majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Media Studies.

Originally I am from Nelson and I attended Nelson College for Girls. My University experience so far has been amazing and I have loved what Wellington has offered me in terms of new experiences, opportunities, connections and friendships.

I am someone who loves to socialise, try new things and stay on track with my workload and Massey offers me with lots of ways I can find this work life balance. The Wellington Campus is great in this sense as they provide an endless amount of things that get people involved and help everyone to achieve their different goals and aspirations.

In my downtime I love to catch up with my friends, grab some food and hit the various hot spots and events Welly has on offer!

Samantha Booth

Kiaora Koutou Katoa, Ko Samantha tōku ingoa, No Tairāwhiti ahau Samantha Booth

My name is Samantha Booth and I grew up in a small piece of paradise on the east coast called Gisborne. I’ve lived in Gisborne my whole life and could never have imagined myself living in the capital, but now that I have, I never want to leave.

Music has always been my passion. Whenever I got the chance I would always assist in musical projects at high school whether it be school band, choir arrangements, studio sessions or student tutoring. I enjoyed everything I participated in.

Now, I am in my second year of studying a bachelor of commercial music here at Massey University and I am loving the journey so far. Everything about the campus makes me want to study; being surrounded by other creatives, the friendly staff and students, and the overall vibrancy of the city. All of these are contributing factors that have made a small-town girl like me feel right at home.

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