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
Amy Gardner, PhD
Hi, I'm Amy
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!
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!"
Ashleigh Tahiwi, GradDipLnTchg
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.
I transferred from the University of Otago to Massey University to complete my Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology. I'm currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching to become a Science Teacher. I have a passion for helping people reach their best. I'm really enjoying my time at Massey and I'm excited about what’s to come!”
Amber Te Tau, BSc
Ko Rangitane raua me Ngati Kahungunu oku iwi.
Ko Samuel Te Tau raua me Maureen Murphy oku matua.
Ko Amber Te Tau toku ingoa.
My name is Amber Te Tau, and I am currently in my third year of completing a BSc majoring in Genetics at Massey University.
When I graduated from PNGHS, I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to pursue, but I knew I liked biology. I chose Massey because I already lived in the Manawatu, and it offered degrees in the area I was interested in. I found my passion for Genetics when it was covered in one of my courses, leading me to change my major to Genetics during my first year. Since then I've been able to explore other new interests that I hadn't considered before, such as Psychology, Ecology and Microbiology. I'm now looking into further study, and aiming to achieve a PhD.
I have many interests and keep discovering more, but generally outside of study; I enjoy listening to music, making art and dancing in my kitchen.
I have a passion for helping people reach their goals. I hope to inspire young people to pursue their passions, and aspire to achieve at a tertiary level.
Megan Joy, BVSc
Hi I’m Megan
I’m currently currently studying the Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree 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.
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.
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.
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.
Hey there! I’m Maisie
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!
Kiaora Koutou Katoa, Ko Samantha tōku ingoa, No Tairāwhiti ahau
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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Last updated on Thursday 02 September 2021