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Massey University (Maori: Te Kunenga ki Purehuroa) is New Zealand's largest university with approximately 40,000 students. It has campuses in Palmerston North (sites at Turitea and Hokowhitu), Wellington (in the suburb of Mt Cook) and Auckland (at Albany). In addition, Massey offers most of its degrees extramurally within New Zealand and internationally. It has the nation's largest business college. Research is undertaken on all three campuses.

It is the only New Zealand university that offers degrees in aviation, in dispute resolution, and in veterinary medicine. Having recently been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Massey veterinary school now has the distinction of having its degree recognised not only by New Zealand, but also the United States, Australia, Canada, and Britain, as well as most other countries in the world, an honour shared by only a handful of other institutions.

New Zealand's first satellite, KiwiSAT is currently being designed and built by New Zealand Radio Amateurs with the support of Massey, especially in space environment testing.


Massey University has undergone many name changes and mergers. The New Zealand Agricultural College Act of 1926 established the sixth college of the University of New Zealand (UNZ) at Turitea, across the Manawatu River from Palmerston North City. It drew from the agriculture departments of Victoria University College in Wellington and Auckland University College.

In 1927 the college was renamed Massey Agricultural College after former New Zealand Prime Minister Bill Massey. The Massey Agricultural College Committee first met on 1 February, 1927 and the Batchelar property, near the present Turitea site, was purchased that June. The college was officially opened for tuition on 20 March 1928 by O. J. Hawkin.

With the demise of the UNZ in 1961, it became Massey College, part of Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). In 1960 a branch of VUW was established in Palmerston North to teach students extramurally. In 1963 this branch amalgamated with Massey College to form Massey University College of Manawatu, and on 25 September, the Massey University Act 1963 made it an independent university as Massey University of Manawatu, with its present name being adopted in 1966.

In 1993 the Auckland campus was created and has grown rapidly in a rapidly developing part of Auckland's North Shore City. In 1996 the Palmerston North College of Education at Hokowhitu (formerly known as Palmerston North Teachers College) merged with Massey. In 1999 the Wellington campus was created through a merger with the Wellington Polytechnic.

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Contact Massey University



0800 MASSEY or +64 6 350 5701


+64 6 350 5618




Online form

Information request

Internet chat


International students



+64 6 350 5599


+64 6 350 5698



Staff and employment enquiries



06 350 5299


06 350 5615





Auckland Campus



09 414 0800


09 443 9704



Albany Expressway

Private Bag 102-904


North Shore Mail Centre




New Zealand


Palmerston North Campus



06 356 9099


06 350 5618



Tennent Drive

Private Bag 11 222

Palmerston North

Palmerston North


New Zealand




Wellington Campus



04 801 5799


04 801 2692



Wallace Street

PO Box 756

Mt Cook



New Zealand






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