Massey Business School news

The 'Amazon Effect' on New Zealand retail

A Massey University survey has shown that Amazon's arrival to New Zealand could dramatically change our retail scene to the point where some shops may be at threat of shrinking or closing.

Professor Jonathan Elms is leading the research and he spoke to Duncan Garner at Newshub.

Cost of retirement rising rapidly

If you think your golden years are going to be just that, new research out of Massey University says you may need to think again. Watch the video from a TV1 Breakfast interview, as Claire Matthews explains why retirement is becoming more and more unaffordable?

*Note this video is a facebook link so you will need to be logged into facebook to watch.

Tips for fast-tracking your career
Monday 19 February 2018
Massey University career development consultant Grant Verhoeven and Massey Business School lecturer Dr Luk Swiatek suggest some quick tips toward...
Danish economists consult with Massey property team
Wednesday 14 February 2018
A delegation of Danish economists visited Massey University this week to find out how New Zealand deals with the issue of affordable housing.
Stop sign behaviour causes concern
Monday 12 February 2018
New research from Massey University shows that drivers mimic the bad behaviour of the car in front of them when it comes to ignoring stop signs.
Marketing professor ranked world's 8th best researcher
Wednesday 7 February 2018
Massey University's Professor Harald van Heerde has been ranked in the top eight in the world for marketing research by the American Marketing...
Scholarship helps student to master leadership
Wednesday 7 February 2018
Master of Advanced Leadership Practice student Jill Clark has been awarded an inaugural NZ Institute of Management scholarship, worth $15,000.

Awards and appointments

Future looks good for natural beauty business
Business graduate Stephanie Buckeridge's home-based, all-natural body scrub business was a major award winner at this year's Innovate competition.
Aviation student soars to a hat trick
Perrin Turner was recognised three times at the School of Aviation Wings Ceremony for his academic achievements.
Aviation student flies to top of his class
Marc Icaro has been named the top pilot of his class at Massey's School of Aviation, taking out the Air New Zealand Flying Award.
Aviation student wins special memorial award
Tabitha Winiata has been awarded a special memorial scholarship for her commitment to her aviation studies.
Go Innovate! win allows baby business to grow
Social anthropology student Jessica Halley and friend Beverley Walter pitched their startup Gurgl to the judges and walked away with over $22,500...
New Zealand Food Awards finalists revealed
The finalists have been announced for the New Zealand Food Awards 2017, recognising Kiwi food and beverage producers for their outstanding...
Retail student wins experience that money can’t buy
Retail business student Maddie McClean topped her class and won the chance to shadow the chief executive of The Warehouse and Warehouse Stationery...
Massey soars to win prestigious aviation awards
Massey University's School of Aviation has been recognised for its contribution to aviation safety with two awards at the annual Director of Civil...
Ecentre wins Callaghan Innovation contract
The ecentre at Massey University has reaffirmed its place as a leading incubator hub for technology start-ups by winning a Callaghan Innovation...
Marketing professor’s award-winning month
For the second time in a month, Massey Business School's Professor Harald van Heerde has been recognised for producing research with long-term impact.

Research news

Declining home affordability is now 'business as usual'
The latest Massey University Home Affordability Report suggests last quarter's fall in house prices was just a "blip" in an otherwise upward trend.
Stay-behind families are the new expats
When posted overseas for work, an increasing number of employees are choosing to leave their families behind, says Massey PhD candidate Jo Mutter.
How to protect your business from fake news
In our globalised and internet-connected world, organisations need to proactively combat fake news to protect their reputations, says Massey's Dr...
Nurses often cyberbullied by patients and families
Research by a Massey University PhD candidate into workplace cyberbullying has found that nurses not only experience bullying by other staff, but...
Rugby: Cultural identity influences motivation and style of play
The cultural identity of individual rugby players in a team changes the way the team plays, according to a new Massey University study.
A living wage – the difference your pay rate makes
How much pay is enough when it comes to a healthy bank balance and quality of life in New Zealand today?
Affordability improves as house prices fall in some regions
The latest Massey University Home Affordability Report shows affordability has improved in seven out of 13 New Zealand regions in the most recent...
Amazon has local retailers spooked – new survey
Massey University's latest Big Issues in Retail survey shows business confidence has declined since 2016, with the "Amazon effect" cited as the main...
Agrifood sector is tech-savvy but not ready for major disruption
A new report has found that New Zealand farmers have been quick to adopt smart farming techniques, but few are preparing for major technological...
Breast cancer PhD research wins Massey 3MT
Research on the "cross-talk" between breast cancer cells and immune cells that could lead to new understandings of and targeted treatment for the...

Hot topics in the media

Massey University's business experts are often sought out for their expertise and opinions on topical issues. Here are highlights of the latest interviews and commentary in the news.

Quote of the year

The top 10 finalists in Massey’s annual Quote of the Year competition were announced this week with commentary from Dr Heather Kavan. The competition was covered by TVNZ, NZ Herald,, Newshub, Radio NZ, RadioLive, Gisborne Herald.


Dr Jenny Hou’s research into how fake news can affect businesses and how to combat it was profiled by the Herald on Sunday.


Newshub Live at 6 broadcast a story about Amazon that included the findings of the annual Big Issues in Retail survey. Associate Professor David Tripe was interviewed by One News for a story on the introduction of Alibaba’s payment platform in New Zealand.

Massey retail student Maddie McClean was quoted in a FutureFive article about a new social media app for young people seeking jobs.


Dr Tripe was also interviewed on Radio NZ about the Australian government’s announcement that there will be Royal Commission to examine its four biggest banks.


Professor Tim Bentley and Dr David Tappin wrote an article about their new NZ Workplace Barometer research for Safeguard Magazine.

NZ Herald and Bay of Plenty Times article on the incidence of workplace bullying in New Zealand cited findings from Massey University research.


Dr Ralph Bathurst was quoted in a Management Mag feature article about leadership and whether it is possible for a new CEO to turn a bad situation around.

Cultural identity

Dr Farah Palmer and co-author Dr Yusuke Kuroda’s research paper that compared how cultural identity affects the way the Māori All Blacks and the Japan National team play rugby was covered by the Wairarapa Times-Age.


All Space, a graduate of Massey’s ecentre, was profiled in NZ Business Magazine. The Bay of Plenty Times and profiled a group of students heading to the National Young Enterprise Competition. The story included details of the Massey Business School’s sponsorship of the event.

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