MPOWER Newsletter

The MPOWER newsletter started in January 2014. The newsletter offers MPOWER members a chance to read about recent and upcoming events. In addition, it highlights current research information, projects and collaborations, and enables MPOWER affiliates to advertise forthcoming events or research needs. 

Please see below our published newsletters. If you would like to be added to the MPOWER mailing list so that you automatically receive the latest newsletter, please email Jane, the MPOWER coordinator.

Labour and Industry: A journal of the social and economic relations of work

In 2016, MPOWER joined with the Centre for Labour, Employment and Work (CLEW) at Victoria University of Wellington to successfully bid for the editorship of the Labour & Industry Journal. The Journal publishes research offering a multi-disciplinary perspective on social, organisational and institutional considerations and employment relations. The MPOWER and CLEW editorial team recently started a second term of stewardship of the Journal (2019-2021). We hope that, as MPOWER members, you'll find articles and materials in the Journal that directly relate to your people and work management concerns.

The editorial team members are:

  • Editors-in-chief: Profs Jane Parker and Jim Arrowsmith (MPOWER, Massey) and Dr Noelle Donnelly (CLEW, Victoria);
  • Assoc. editors: Drs Christian Yao (MPOWER/CLEW), Shane Scahill (MPOWER) and Stephen Blumenfeld (CLEW); and
  • Book Review Editor: Dr Ozan Alakavuklar (MPOWER).

For more info., please consult the MPOWER website at:  Labour and Industry flyer.pdf (167 KB)

MPOWER Researcher Excellence Award

MPOWER again offered an award to a high-performing post-graduate or emerging academic researcher. In 2019, the winner, Betul Taskin, was formally awarded at the Massey University Academic Excellence Event on 25 July in the Massey Business School lounge (Albany campus). For more information, visit the MPOWER 'Research and Expertise' page.

MPOWER in the media (selected items)


  • Arrowsmith, J., Junaid, F., Taskin, N., Parker, J. and Scahill, S. (2018). Navigating people management and performance. Human Resources Magazine (HRINZ). 12 December, Wellington: HRINZ. 



  • Human Resources Magazine (HRINZ), Research Bites Series, December.
  • Carr, S.C., Parker, J., Arrowsmith, J., Haar, J. and Yao, C. (2016). ‘Living Wages and Employee Capabilities.’ Human Resources Magazine (HRINZ), Research Bites series, September, 32-33. Wellington: HRINZ.



  • NZERS-MPOWER Living Wage seminar- 1 May 2014 (Wellington campus) Living Wage seminar (345 KB)
  • Parker, J. (2014). 'Is a “Living Wage” an Opportunity?' Human Resources Magazine (HRINZ), Research Bites series, April/May. Wellington: HRINZ. 



Massey MPOWER News (selected items)


  • Researchers from MPOWER, the Ending Poverty and Inequality Cluster (EPIC) in Massey University's School of Psychology, and the School of Management at AUT won the research team category of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) 2019 NZ HR Awards. Their application centred around their major Marsden-funded project on the Living Wage in New Zealand. The stream and overall winners of the awards were be announced at the HRINZ Award Dinner at the SkyCity Convention Centre on 28 February. For photos of the event, see: 
  • Distinguished Visitor, Prof. Dr. Christian Welz, of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, was a guest at Massey from February-March 2019. His collaborations with MPOWER researchers have yielded a number of project areas, including the imminent production of a New Zealand national workplace profile. To see profiles for EU and other countries, please visit: 


  • MPOWER researchers presented their work-in-progress for their Marsden-funded project on the Living Wage in NZ to the Living Wage Movement of Aotearoa NZ, 25 July. Powerpoints available here:  LWMANZ 2018 powerpoints.pptx (1,899 KB)


  • MPOWER co-director, Prof. Jane Parker was the recipient of the HRINZ 2017 NZ HR Award - HR Researcher of the Year. Another MPOWER researcher, Professor Jarrod Haar (AUT) received the award in 2016. 


  • MPOWER researchers presented in sessions and a plenary session on the Living Wage at the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) Conference in Leeds, UK, June.


  • MPOWER-TWG The Warehouse Group (TWG) and MPOWER launched their research collaboration partnership.
  • MPOWER researchers, Professors Jane Parker and Jim Arrowsmith, were funded by the ILO to provide a situational analysis of employment (policy) in Nauru. More information about the study can be found here: Nauru employment policy project (3,427 KB)


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