Research Excellence Awards

Informed by leading edge research from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, Massey researchers have helped to positively shape lives and communities here in New Zealand and around the world.

The recipients of these awards epitomise our values of creativity, innovation and connectedness.

There are four award categories in the Research Excellence Awards section:

  • Individual Research Supervisor
  • Individual Research
  • Early Career Medal
  • Team Research

    Research Supervisor Award

Professor Peter Kemp- School of Agriculture and Environment  Peter Kemp

Professor Peter Kemp has demonstrated 33 years of dedication to postgraduate research, supervision and teaching.

He has been a supervisor of 84 postgraduate students- including two postgrad diplomas, six diplomas, 18 honours, 13 masters and 45 PhD students; his post graduate students have had their theses passed with either nil or minor corrections required.

Professor Kemp's students have enjoyed and benefited from an open door policy even though he has had significant leadership duties within the University. Not only have these students successfully published their scientific research many have gon on to further study and/or significant success in their later careers their achievements include academic, science and business leadership roles in New Zealand and the world.

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   Research Individual  Award

Professor Robert Jahnke

School of Art

In the past 30 years, Professor Robert Jahnke has become an extraordinary leader in Māori and indigenous art education at the tertiary level, with his influence and impace permeating the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning spaces, including independent PhD studies.

An acknowledged research in the field of Māori and indigenous art, Professor Jahnke regularly presents research papers and gives keynote presentations at national and international conferences. He has had numerous books, and chapters in books published, including by Cambridge University Press, the British Museum and Penguin Books.

In 2017 he was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori Art. Professor Jahnke has had, and continues to have an exceptional impact nationally and internationally as an outstanding artist, researcher and curator.

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Early Career Medal Award

Dr Carolyn Gates

School of Veterinary Sciences

Dr Carolyn Gates' current $1.1m research portfolio is actively transforming the way we integrate and communicate information to promote positive behavioral change against animal diseases with significant impacts on society.

This includes leading a national campaign involving more than 50 stakeholder groups to eradicate bovine viral diarrhea virus from the New Zealand cattle industries, and designing a new national research centre to bridge the gap between research and the real world.

In less than four years as an early career academic. Dr Gates has produced 32 peer- reviewed publications with 381 citations to her name. Last year she received the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics Emerging Scientist Award in recognition of her significant contributions as an early career researcher towards advancing the research discipline.

Early Career Medal Award

Dr Krushil Watene

School of Humanities

Dr Krushil Watene (Ngāti Manu, Te Hikutu, Ngāti Whātua o Orākei, Tonga) is a senior lecturer in the Massey University Department of Philosophy, specialising in moral and political philosophies of well-being, development, and justice with a particular focus on indigenous philosophies 

Dr Watene's research has been supported by the Marsden Fund, Ngā Pae ō te Māramatanga, and Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (see and she works closely with Māori communities to support the revitalisation and sustaining of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge)

in 2008, De Watene received the Rutherford Discovery Fellowship for research into "intergenerational justice". She has been invited to contribute two volumes in the Oxford Handbook series. This series aims to capture the state of the are in given areas of philosophy, and most of the contributors are established leaders in their relevant fields.


      Exceptional Research Citizenship Whaowhia Ngā Kete O Te Wānanga

       Professor Barry Scott Barry Scott

        Institute of Fundamental Sciences

Professor Barry Scott joined Massey University in 1985 as the inaugural Professor of Molecular Genetics. Since that time he has made an exceptional  number of of contributions to citizenship at Massey University , Within New Zealand and overseas.

He has served on a number of University, national and international committees and boards. In recognition of his services to science he was awarded the 2013 Marsden medal by the New Zealand Association of Scientists.

Professor Scott is highly respected for the mentorship he was provided to postgraduate students and academic staff throughout his long and distinguished career. He is an outstanding researcher, and in recognition of this research distinction, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2010 and awarded a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany) in 2014.

Research Team Award

First World War Centenary History Research Team

(led by Professor Glyn Harper, Dr Adam Claasen, Dr David Littlewood, Ms Rebecca Johns, Professor James Watson, Associate Professor Kerry Taylor,    Dr Gerald Hensley, Mr John Crawford, Mr John McLeod, Carolyn Carr and Mr Neill Atkinson) 

College of Humanities and Social Sciences - School of Humanities  WW1 Research Team

The Centenary History Research Team is a partnered arrangement that brings together Massey University, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and the New Zealand Defence Force to produce a series of authoritative print histories on New Zealand and the First World War.

Scholarly yet accessible to broad audiences, the Centenary History publications arising from this research draw on an extensive range of primary sources held in New Zealand, Britain and elsewhere, and contain high-quality maps and illustrations.

Together they form the first complete and detailed account of New Zealand's First World War experience. In all, the Centenary History of New Zealand and the first World War will consist of 14 volumes and will be the standard reference for the next 50 years. it is the largest historical research project in New Zealand since  The official History of New Zealand in the Second World Ward (see:

Previous winners

Individual Research Supervisor Award

Recipients of the Individual Research Supervisor Award

2016 | Professor Kevin Stafford - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

2015 | Professors Regina Scheyvens, Martin Young and Nicolas Lopez-Villalobos

2014 | Professor Cord Heuer

2013 | Professor Steve Morris

2012 | Professor John O'Neill

2011 | Professor Emeritus Mike McManus

2010 | Professor Emeritus Ian Evans

2009 | Professor Hugh Blair

Individual Research Award

Recipients of the Individual Research Award

2016 | Professor Marlena Kruger and Professor Tony Parker

2015 | Professor Glyn Harper

2014 | Distinguished Professor Paul Rainey

2013 | Distinguished Professor Sally Morgan

2012 | Professor Nigel French

2011 | Distinguished Professor Paul Moughan

2010 | Professor Geoff Jameson

2009 | Distinguished Professors Anne Noble and Peter Schwerdtfeger

Early Career Research Award

Recipients of the Early Career Research Award

2016 | Dr David Aguirre, Dr Jodie Hunter and Shannon Te Ao

2015 | David Hayman, Tanya Marriott and Natasha Tassell-Matamua

2014 | Lee Stoner, Philip Steer, Jane Allison and Jason Wargent

2013 | Mary Breheny

2012 | Karen Stockin, Sarah-Jane Paine and Max Schleser

2011 | Lara Shepherd

2010 | Murray Cox and Wayne Patrick

2009 | Aiqian Ye, Leigh Signal and Matthias Lein

Team Research Award

Recipients of the Team Research Award

2016 | Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre

2015 | Bioprotection Research Team

2014 | Centre for Postharvest Refrigeration

2013 | Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health

2012 | Health and Ageing Research Team

2011 | Sleep/Wake Research Centre

2010 | Sheep Research Group

2009 | Volcanic Risk Solutions

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