MASSIVE Magazine - Issue 1 - 2022

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Massey University’s student magazine. For all Massey students in Wellington, Manawatū, Albany and Distance. Looking to entertain, educate, and maybe even inspire x Wow, Massive bangs this year, it’s almost worth having a $50,000 student loan.


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Like a misunderstood middle child. Mildly inappropriate, embarrassingly average, but always trying to put a smile on your face. Massive is the person you want by your side at ANY given moment. Massive will find the boundaries and push them this makes for some exceptional bedtime entertainment...

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The Defining issue

We’re back, and as editorially independent as ever.

Tēnā koutou e hoa, It’s good to be back! With open arms and numb fingers from the broken AC in our office, I welcome you all back to the sanctuary of student news, the haven of hot gossip, Massive Magazine. Over the summer break, you may have seen some controversy surrounding our magazine’s editorial independence. Today, after not being asked to share the first magazine with any higher-ups, I can confidently announce we are as editorially independent as ever! Don’t even get me started on the importance of editorial independence. These two words are the cornerstone of student media. Without it, we would simply be a comms board for the university, and we’ve already got a dysfunctional one of those (shot Stream x). Simply put, independence = fun mag, no independence = boring mag. For you student media nerds, I will be diving into what has changed over the summer at a later date, but to summarise, we have had our print budget cut in half :( smack bang down the middle. That leaves little ol’ me, sitting here with only 12 print issues of Massive to look forward to. I know. It sucks,

but this isn’t the end of the world. With the digital world slowly taking over, we have decided to create an online edition of Massive Magazine fortnightly. So no, we aren’t regressing into the dark days of 2020 where you only got your Massive fix once every two weeks. To summarise, Massive Magazine will continue to uphold its shitposting heritage, offering students the content they actually want to read. Whether this is advice for new students on campus or dodgy sex tips from underqualified sources, we will not take a blunt approach to student media. Confide in Massive, whether you’re a nervous fresher embarking on your first week on campus, or a seasoned veteran braving their last year of masters - Massive has something for you. Anyways, enough from me. I have an amazing team of writers who are honestly more qualified than I am. Read their work, make yourself seem smart by repeating what they say to your friends. Laugh at some of it, cry at other parts, and importantly, be vocal about what you want to see in Massive throughout 2022. Whether you’re a student in Wellington, Manawatū, Albany, or Distance, Massive Magazine is here to entertain the masses. If you have any news tips, story ideas, concerns or complaints, please email me at

Kia manahau! Mason

AT’S IN Editor - Mason Tangatatai




Features The Ultimate O-Week Alternatives


Why You Should Care About Prison Abolishment


Shit that Doesn’t Matter When You Enter the Workforce


Daddy Dopamine


Confessions of a...


Worst of the Worst


Te Reo and NZSL


Solicited Advice








Presidents Column


Designer - Marie Bailey

Sub Editor - Jamie Mactaggart Feature Writer - Aiden Wilson


News Editor - Elise Cacace

News Reporter - Sammy Carter

Illustrator - Kimi Moana Whiting

Culture Editor - Elena McIntyre-Reet

Feature Writer - Mia Faiumu

Illustrator - Sara Moana

Feature Writer - Lily Petrovich

Photographer - Amelia Radley

28 FEBRUARY 2022



Petition for a Free Fare Tradition! Elise Cacace (She/Her)

Arguably, the most misleading part of being a child is that everything in the world comes freely. You never stop to question the $9 box of cereal in the supermarket, the massive price hike on things with an ‘eco-friendly’ label or the Snapper machine when your card declines - even though you only topped up two days ago. Transcending into adulthood means watching the world become one big, money-sucking monster ready to snatch every last dime from your feeble, overworked fingers. Luckily for us though, our childhood privileges may not be over just yet! Free Fares is a campaign advocating free public transport nationwide for Community Services Card holders, tertiary students and under-25s. Not only would this mean we are left with extra coins in our pocket, but a cleaner carbon footprint and less congestion on the roads. So how much money could you save? In my opinion, even a few dollars is a win, but given that the cost of petrol has reached an all-time high and we are well on the way to forking out $3.00 for the standard 91, we’re talking about hundreds of dollars. Even if you don’t drive, the average cost of public transport for students ranges from $3-$5 per fare – and that’s with a 25% discount! For many students this cost of travel impedes study and some students trade off days in which they can afford to go to campus, reducing their access to resources. “Free transport would be transformational to students. Many of us live on low incomes and have to choose what we want to spend our money on,” says Kim Fowler, President of Canterbury University’s Students’ Association. “We want to make the best choice for the climate, but that’s hard when


it’s so expensive.” Saving those daily dollars on transport will not only benefit students financially but also enhance university attendance rates and improve grades, while also immensely improving our country’s carbon footprint! Road transportation is Aotearoa’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions and a massive stain on our clean, green reputation. When SuperGold Card users across our country were granted free public transport in off-peak hours back in 2008, we prevented 1.4 million car journeys in the first year. Additionally, free public transport overseas in Germany and Belgium led to increases in patronage in excess of 1000% (and no that is not a typo, it was really over 1000%!). Imagine how much cleaner and greener our country would be if free transport were extended to a larger percentage of our population. ‘But how will our bus companies cope with such a large influx of new users, especially in peak hours?’, one might ask. Mika from Free Fares has all the right answers. He says that having First Union as a supporter of the campaign ensures not only that more bus drivers will be placed in employment, but as the demand grows there will be

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better pay and treatment for bus drivers across all networks. Having more drivers consequentially means more busses being put on the roads, creating an all-round better public transport system. Free public transport for the aforementioned demographics is “a necessary step to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and promote transport equity, and is a step towards free fares for all,” says a Free Fares spokesperson. “It will embed the habit of public transport use in Aotearoa’s younger generation and lead our country to a cleaner, greener, more sustainable future.” The Fares Free coalition has attracted over 7,000 signatures and could undoubtedly do with more, so if this campaign sounds like a bit of you (and why wouldn’t it? You’d be saving the planet and travelling for free baby!!!) then gather your friends, your whānau, and sign and share the petition!

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Conversion Therapy Banned YAY but a ‘shopping list’ of Changes Still to be Made Sammy Carter (She/Her)

In 1993, it became illegal to discriminate against someone’s sexual orientation. In 2005, same-sex couples could formalise their relationship. In 2013, same-sex marriage was legalised. This month, conversion therapy was banned. Notice how it took over or close to a decade for another change to be made. After almost four years since the original petition to ban conversion therapy, the bill has been passed. But the Green Party isn’t done yet. It has called to create a Ministry for Rainbow Communities which some hope will make change move faster. The party says a Ministry for Rainbow Communities will give LGBTQIA+ people a voice in government. Sunday Star Times News Director Craig Hoyle was excommunicated from the Exclusive Brethren after coming out as gay when he was a teenager. Brethren leaders attempted to change his sexuality and gave him hormonal suppressants. After telling the Exclusive Brethren he wanted to live as an openly gay man, he was excommunicated and thrown out of home in 2009. Hoyle said, “My first awareness of the gay community was when the civil union was passed in 2005.” From his own experience, Hoyle could see how the Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill could bring awareness to people in

religions that don’t educate them about the queer community. “You just have no idea who might see this legislation and or who might read the news and it might give them the strength they need to stand up for themselves.” To create a more supportive Aotearoa for the queer community, Hoyle said there needs to be more education and support around LGBTQIA+. “We already have a ministry for pacific people and for ethnic affairs and now for disabled people, and to me having a minister of rainbow communities would be a logical step.” While he said legislations regarding the queer community create awareness, Hoyle said the new law would not likely have protected him as a teenager. “Would it have protected me? Probably not because in my experience the Brethren did plenty of other things that weren’t okay.” “I very much doubt it that the Exclusive Brethren would agree that they used conversion therapy when it came to my case … they believe their acting out of love.” “I have no doubt that conversion therapy will continue in New Zealand.” However, Hoyle said this bill sets the societal standard that conversion therapy isn’t okay. “This sends a really strong message that it’s not okay. People will say that this will just drive the practice underground, but that’s still better than having it out in the open and pretending that it’s okay when it’s not.” “It’s not about the people who have a voice, a legislation like this is really important for the people who don’t have voice,” said Hoyle.

Auckland Pride Executive Director Max Tweedie was the co-convenor for the Young Greens in 2018. He presented the original petition to ban conversion therapy to the MPs on Parliament steps almost four years ago. Tweedie said, “It’s not often that we get a huge win in Parliament.” “Before that it was 2013, before that it was 2005, before that it was 1993 … I’ve got a shopping list of things that I’d love to see changed.” While he no longer works for the Green Party, Tweedie is a huge advocate for a Ministry for Rainbow Communities, “There’s no central coordinator within government that kind of keeps track of these issues.” “I think the best way to supercharge that work is to establish a ministry and have that advocate in government.” Finding out that the bill was finally passed was “true euphoria”, Tweedie said. However, he said the journey wasn’t easy, “There were quite a few hurdles at the start.” The Young Green’s petition and community petition, with a combined signature count of 20,000, went to the Justice Committee who didn’t recommend a ban in 2019. “I remember sitting in front of the MPs … we debated this for 30 minutes with the Select Committee members and ultimately they didn’t recommend a ban.” “It was a little bit back to square one once that didn’t come back, and we were promised work internally within the Ministry of Justice that we don’t think happened before the 2020 election.” When given the opportunity to reply, Kathy Brightwell, Ministry of Justice General Manager believed the Covid-19 response was a higher priority for the previous minister. “The previous Minister of Justice agreed in March 2020 to further work to develop options to end the use of conversion practices on children and young people in New Zealand.” “This work was not able to be progressed before the 2020 election due to the need to prioritise the government response to Covid-19.” Tweedie said there wasn’t much headway until Labour put it in their policy manifesto. While this is a huge win, “We’re under no illusion that this will stop every single conversion practice from ever happening ever again, and there’s obviously more work to do”.


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Should Students be Checking out the Parliament Protest? Sammy Carter (She/Her)

“I would not be going anywhere near there.” That’s what a Victoria Law student who works in Parliament advises Wellington students. With Red Light restrictions limiting orientation, students are already struggling to enjoy their first week and protestors taking over the city aren’t making it any easier to explore. The Victoria University Pipitea campus car park and front lawn were crowded with trespassing protestors. The campus has officially closed until April, leaving over 1,000 Law and Business students working in online classes and unable to access student healthcare. Metlink alerted that bus lines one, three, seven and 22 were affected by the protest, with most of Lambton Quay stops closed. A Victoria Law student, who wished to remain anonymous, works inside Parliament for an MP – double downer. When she arrived at work on the first day of the protest, she walked to her usual entrance at the front gates. But unlike most days, 20 people stood at the gates harassing her to take off her mask. “It just got crazier from there.” She recommends students “definitely avoid it, if not because it’s a hostile sort of occupation, just because there will be so many illnesses running through there. If not Covid-19, you will catch something else.”

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“I wouldn’t go anywhere north of the end of Lambton Quay, as soon as you cross the block and you’re near the Law School, it’s hostile.”

visiting the protests, she thought “that they were just anti-vaxxers” and “I see them on my Facebook and Instagram feed and I’m like ‘stupid idiots’”.

“They’ve been using the train station bathrooms so I would avoid any other public bathrooms in the area … nothing in the area is sanitary.” She said Victoria students cannot access the Pipitea health services and many of her friends are doing their last law exams from home. “They can’t even study on campus for their last exams, which when you’ve spent five or six years at uni for a degree that you’ve spent thousands of dollars for and worked so hard for, and then there are a bunch of people camping on grounds which aren’t even Parliament grounds. It’s just unfortunate that they’ve spread there as well.”

“After hearing everyone express themselves and their stories and their trauma, it made me give a shit now.” In regards to curious students, “I don’t think it would hurt, if you take the right precautions, to just have a wander and open your eyes to everyone suffering” financially and emotionally. “Wear a mask, sanitize every two minutes, only walk around Parliament for seven minutes tops.” While Pratt said most people she spoke to were really onto it, there were some “people trying to fight me for wearing a mask and that was scary”. However, she said the majority were peacefully looking for financial or emotional support.

“They’re talking about freedom while they’re limiting all of our freedom as students.” While she had encountered disrespectful protesters, she felt the majority were peaceful. “It feels like the ‘not peaceful’ is greater, but it’s probably because they’re the louder ones. Realistically it’s just a few.” However, “It doesn’t matter how many of them are peaceful, if there are people being disrespectful and aggressive, that’s gonna taint the whole movement.” While some felt you should stay as far from Parliament as possible, others were curious, wanting to meet the people that flooded our phones.

Pratt spoke to a woman from Wainui who brought her to tears. The woman was a hairdresser, student and mother. She told Pratt her jobs went under because of Covid-19 and she started homeschooling her daughter who she said got sick from wearing a mask all day at school. Pratt didn’t want to label the woman as antianything but rather she had lost faith in her country and needed help.

Massey Film student Ashley Pratt spent four days at the start of the protests interviewing protestors and hearing their stories, alongside fellow Film students Chris Hansen and Oliver Snow. “I’ve interviewed at least 80 people,” but Pratt said only about five of them were the crazy, violent protestors many of us envision. Before

“I think this just shows that we need to prioritize the mentally unwell [because] otherwise this is gonna be one of many protests.” Pratt self-isolated after visiting the protest and got a negative Covid-19 test.

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Joy for Manawatū Students as Refectory Re-opens Elise Cacace (She/Her) Courtenay Place’s Reading Cinema, the Wellington Central Library/Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui and the Manawatū Refectory are three of the many iconic buildings around Aotearoa that have been personally victimised by the need for seismic strengthening. Once alive and bustling with students, they were all quickly reduced to sad, empty husks of buildings left with their futures uncertain. Sadly for students of Wellington, the wait to get our beloved library and cinema back continues; however students of Manawatū are repping a big win as the heart of their Massey campus is restored! The historic Refectory building was closed in 2011 following the Christchurch earthquakes, when the risks of occupying older buildings were brought to light. Now, 11 years later, student’s can finally get around to making the most of this iconic space and admiring its interior beauty again. “I used to spend a lot of time in the Refectory building when I was a student, way back in 2009. I remember it was always

brimming with life and was genuinely just a great space for students to get together, especially because it’s right in the middle of campus,” says one Massey graduate. “It is a shame that students in the years after me never got to use and enjoy the space, but obviously safety comes first and I think it’s great that they’ve now restored the building for future students to use and appreciate.” Tristan, a second-year Veterinary student says, “The building has been closed for as long as I’ve been at Massey and was right next to my hall of residence. The noise from the construction work went on all day, from about 8am-4pm, and was really distracting when trying to study. It’s great they’ve reached a stage where it can open again. Now there won’t be so many disgruntled students in the McHardy Hall.” The entire restoration project cost around $5.5 million, with over $3 million raised by the Massey University Foundation. Other significant donations include $700,000 from The Lotteries Commission, $500,000 from the Central Energy Trust and $150,000 from the Palmerston North City Council, not to mention many private donations from individuals and families. The immense amount of community support in preserving the Refectory’s original 1930s structure

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pays homage to its famed history and all the good times it has provided Massey students and teachers with over the years. “It was once considered the heart of the campus, and was a hub for building community. It is my hope that along with the physical restoration of the building, the life and community spirit that was once present there, is restored also,” says MUSA President Marla Beissel. To celebrate the refurbishment and reopening of the Refectory, Massey University will be hosting an exciting virtual event on 31 March 2022, as the original dinner and dance event has been cancelled due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19. The event is open to the public and more information will be made available on the ‘Reopening the Refectory’ Facebook page soon!

Photography by Amelia Radley


s e v i t a n r e t l A O-Week

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Your guide to starting the year off in the best way possible Aiden Wilson (He/Him)

“You haven’t known the triumphs and defeats, the epic highs and lows of getting blackout during O-Week.” – Archie Andrews, Riverdale So, you just left high school, moved into a flat or halls in a new city and now you gotta deal with Omicron getting in the way of everything? Maybe you’re like me, a third year who’s trying to navigate an ever-changing landscape of alert levels, while still wanting to have an absolute banger of a time with their mates that ultimately ends in 3AM trauma bonding, or just someone wearing a Jim Beam box on their head. If any of this sounds like you, especially that last bit, then you have an incredibly specific idea of “an absolute banger of a time” and I wonder if you’ve been reading my diary…

Regardless of who you are or when you started uni, I think we can all agree that Covid-19 is a bitch. And now at the start of 2022, a year which for so many was meant to be “my year” or “the big year of me moving out, dying my hair and listening to 80s music because I swear I’m indie and cool, Mum” has been marred by the cancellation of the marquee O-Week events. A staple of the student experience, O-Week for many is a memorable time of year in which friendships and romances which will only last a couple months are forged! It is a truly magical adventure, one that will not be going ahead this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.


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Welcome to your handy dandy guide on

how to make the most out of 2022’s shitty opening act!

I have gone out of my way to gather the BEST alternative activities, most of which have been tirelessly field-tested by yours truly. And the best part… ALL of these can be attempted on a shoestring budget. Because we shouldn’t have to worry about our crippling and crushing student debt when we just want to get fucked up.

Get Drunk with your Flatties then Watch Baby Sensory Videos Just moved in with a new group of people? Don’t know their names? Don’t know why they smell like pot 24/7? Leaving home can be terrifying, especially when you’re confronted with the prospect that one day you WILL have to tell these newfound flatmates off for leaving their underwear and socks lying everywhere. O-Week is a perfect time to break down barriers with these people, and our first activity is just what you need for that.

YOU WILL NEED: Copious amounts of alcohol A TV or device capable of accessing YouTube Flatmates

Illustrated by Sara Moana

Once all these have been acquired, simply place the booze in your general vicinity. This will attract uni students to your location, acting as bait and bringing their guard down. Once consumed, turn on your sensory video of choice and get mesmerised together. Marvel at how much time has passed, how you’ve somehow spent fifteen minutes watching a dancing pineapple while up-tempo jazz plays in the background. This activity is a great way to break the initial ice, and has the bonus of being able to avoid starting awkward conversations.

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Makeshift Jam Sesh Not into partying?? Hate DnB, mainstream music and flashing lights?? Just looking for an alternative that’s a wee bit more… well, alternative???? Why not try making your own music! It’s common knowledge that a couple of drinks turns even the quietest people into pop sensations. Gather whatever you can find, empty cans, bottles, pots, spoons, whatever and just jam. Smash them together, hit them with utensils. Pots become drums, pans become cymbals, you become Dave fucking Grohl. R&B: Rhythm and Booze. Your neighbours might not love it, but you certainly will! Speaking from experience, and all shit-posting aside, this is a genuinely great way to have a laugh with some of the new people you meet at the start of the semester. Nothing breaks down barriers like getting hammered and belting a soulful rendition of ‘Wagon Wheel’ while you loudly clang a wooden spoon against a pot. And who knows, you might even form a band, or catch the ear of an up-and-coming local music producer. People listen to all sorts of music. Someone might think pots clanging and drunk people hollering is the next big thing.

Homemade Toga Party I remember my first toga party… That’s a lie I was in the hospital. But I remember the FOMO! With this next hot alternative, you don’t have to! Simply step out of the bathroom, wearing only a sheet and proceed to drink. Students are like lemmings and will follow suit. Eventually your entire flat or hall will be bopping to The Weeknd and having their own private, Red Light-friendly toga event, free of charge! To make this even more like the real O-Week toga, have a onenight stand with someone you’ve just met, ultimately ruining that friendship for the next few months as you awkwardly make eye contact on the way to lectures and try to figure out exactly where you stand. It might have been a shite start to the semester, especially for first years, but don’t let that get you down. Get creative, get stupid.

It’s almost exactly like the real thing! Toga is a uni tradition, and with this you’re not even having an alternative to it. Technically, you’re just organising toga yourself!

Make the most out of a fairly mundane start to the year by having some low-key, restriction-friendly fun with your mates.

Clout is guaranteed.

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GIVEAWAY Are you an art aficionado, or just someone who likes to walk around looking at pretty pictures?

All you need to do is submit your best piece of artwork, this can be a painting, photography, photoshop etc.,

MASSIVE are giving away 2x general admission tickets to the exhibition Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings.

The winner will also be featured in a future edition of Massive. Send your applications through to

Why You Should Care About Prison Abolition

How the prison system can be replaced with systems of care.

“In a truly compassionate society, we should be able to envision something different in relation to all those who do wrong and all those who are hurt by the wrong” – Moana Jackson

Mia Faiumu (She/Her) Prison abolition is a subject that is generally considered utopian or idealistic – something out of reach and unachievable. For this reason, it is usually overlooked and dismissed with a sweep of the hand that implies without prisons, our society would be reduced to anarchy. This is actually far from the truth, and it is becoming ever more essential that Aotearoa divorces itself from its reliance on the prison system.

Prisons are violent, inhumane places that strip those within them of their freedom and safety. We cannot reasonably expect that those who enter these institutions will exit as rehabilitated individuals ready to participate in society. And we cannot expect incarceration to result in public safety when we know of the violence that occurs within prison walls.

We cannot continue to invest in a broken system – we need to strive for change. Prison abolition can offer that change for Aotearoa.

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Image: PAPA

Redirecting funding towards social wellbeing The phrase ‘defund the police’ has entered mainstream discourse recently, primarily due to the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in 2020. I’m sure many readers have become familiar with the phrase – but for some it may be unclear what defunding the police would look like in practice within Aotearoa. In reality, defunding the police refers to only one part of the abolitionist argument. It is not simply about reducing funding to the police force, but rather about reallocating police resources, funding, and responsibility toward community-based models of safety, support, and prevention. Therefore, we would be replacing the police with systems that support human needs like housing, education, and health. In this essence, Liam Martin, a lecturer of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington, perceives prison abolition to be about the work of social creation. When thinking about prison abolition we need to be considering “what kind of society we need to build where we don’t need prisons anymore,” says Martin.

“This is a kind of long-term vision of a society where we become involved in a work of social transformation that will make it so that we don’t need prisons anymore.” Prison abolition is therefore not about an immediate closure of prison doors, but rather about making the prison system itself redundant. Incarcerated people statistically come from disadvantaged backgrounds, with histories of mental illness and addiction, while simultaneously being targeted by racist policing and policies. By addressing the causal elements of crime, prisons can be made unnecessary. A very poignant example of this can be

seen through the connection between incarceration and homelessness. “We have a housing crisis that is intimately linked to the system of hyper-incarceration - where people are shuttling in and out of prison and homelessness. They’re going from living on the street unable to access a house to being incarcerated in a brand-new prison,” says Martin. From an abolitionist perspective, this begs the question: Why the fuck are we building more prisons in the time of a housing crisis? As pointed out by Martin, there is an obvious misuse of resources occurring when our investments are going towards very dysfunctional institutions like punitive policing and prisons rather than investing in social wellbeing. In 2017, the cost of keeping an individual prisoner was approximately $97,000 annually (Buttle, 2017). This results in spending of around $165 million for remand facilities with another $590 million being spent on sentenced prisoners. While further investments continue to be made into incarceration, social services are in dire need of funding to provide adequate support to those in need of their services. The high spending of the prison system therefore seems illogical when existing social services could provide the types of support that offenders actually need. This becomes even more apparent when you have people purposefully getting incarcerated to avoid homelessness, as has been pointed out by Martin.

and a half of failure, there is no evidence to show that prisons are successful at achieving their goals.

Rather, he sees it as imperative to invest in systems that we know to work such as violence prevention programs and mental health support that can offer meaningful change in people’s lives. “If we are going to get serious about the safety of our communities, we need to ensure that all people can live with dignity, and we need to make sure that we respond to harm in a way that is restorative and in a way that respects the dignity of all people,” says Lamusse. In this sense, prison abolition is not only about investing in social wellbeing, but it is also about creating a safer society for us all to live in. If all New Zealanders had access to basic essentials such as housing, education, healthcare, and transport, we would see less social harm occurring. We need to start looking outside of the box when it comes to alternatives to the prison system. We cannot keep reforming an institution that is rotten at its core. Real, meaningful change can only come from the work of social creation that will enable us to reimagine a society in which prisons are no longer needed.

“These are situations where we’ve done such a poor job of building a social infrastructure that prison actually becomes that social infrastructure.”

We need to dig into the roots of societal problems, rather than lazily rely on incarceration as the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. It is time to think bigger and look to alternatives that can actually offer us a world in which we do not need to lock people in cages to feel safe.

Ti Lamusse, the National Secretary of People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) and a Victoria University of Wellington Criminology lecturer, agrees with this sentiment and notes that after a century

It is time to abolish prisons.

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Shit that doesn’t matter When you enter the workforce Elena McIntyre-Reet (She/Her)

I’m sure everyone is familiar with the discourse about what schools should really be teaching us. There was probably a smart-ass in math who interrogated the teacher about when they’d actually need algebra in real life. It’s a good point, a great point even. Unless you’re actually studying something mathematics-related as a career, I doubt you need to understand calculus or algebra to be successful in the working world. Apart from complicated math equations, there are so many things they drilled into us in school and uni, that quite literally do not matter in the slightest once you score a full-time job. Obviously, there are some exceptions, like if you’re a doctor or a lawyer, but for the most part no one really cares if you got NCEA Level 2 endorsed with Merit. They certainly don’t care how well you did on the beep test or what place you came in cross-country.

I don’t know if it was just me, or if it’s a universal feminine-presenting experience, but when I needed to look ‘smart’ for something my Mum would withoutfail tell me to put my hair in a ponytail. I have no idea what part of pulling my hair back into headacheinducing territory made me look more professional, but she stuck to that rule like gospel. You seriously don’t need to do that, unless you’re a surgeon or ballerina, showing up to work with your hair down is not a dismissible offence. Our very own Massive editor had a magnificent mullet for the better part of last year. What to wear in the office is another thing I shat my pants over before starting a full-time job. As someone who lives almost religiously in hoodies and sneakers (I’m not like other girls), the thought of having to wear blouses and ugly work shoes made me want to vom. What I learned after a few weeks is that as long as you don’t look outright disgusting, it doesn’t really matter what you wear. Don’t show up in fat pants and a hoodie, but also don’t stress too much if you don’t look ready for a Business Casual Fashion Week runway. Wear clean clothes and save your more outthere shoes for casual Friday and you’ll do just fine.

Illustrated by Marie Bailey


Dress Code

So here it is, a guide to the lies we’ve been told about being an acceptable adult in the workforce, written by a self-identified yo-pro. Okay, this one obviously has more exceptions, but generally your employability isn’t measured by how well you do on your exams or assignments. I’m not saying don’t try, you should definitely aim to actually get your degree, but the line between an A- and an A+ is not as significant as you might think. Generally, in a job where your job is to produce something, whether it be a piece of writing or some art, the work will speak for itself. If you’re good at what you do, people will notice. Producing work you’re proud of is important and you shouldn’t beat yourself up because you’re not the top student. Cs do get degrees, and they can get you decent jobs once uni is over.

The Grind

Getting a ’real job’

Something that really irks me is the idea that if you’re not working in an office then for some reason, you’re wasting your degree. I know people that worked in hospitality or retail the whole way through their degree, and when they graduated decided they still wanted to work those jobs. We put an insane amount of weight on what constitutes an ‘adult’ job, and that if you don’t find one straight out of uni then for some reason, you’re a failure. If you finish your degree and decide you don’t want to get a job in your chosen field yet (or at all), then that’s completely understandable. Whether we like it, or not, the bulk of our week is going to be spent working, so you may as well be doing something you enjoy. You could get a law degree and happily spend your days making coffee, it doesn’t mean you’re not succeeding.

Work hard, put your blood, sweat, and first-born into your career, respect the hustle, sacrifice everything for the grind. You really don’t need to do all that. If your job is something you’re super passionate about and enjoy, then pulling overtime or going the extra mile is cool if it makes you happy. You shouldn’t feel an obligation to go all-out for your job, it’s seriously fine to just leave your work at work and then come home and sit on TikTok for hours on end. Sure, you should work hard when you’re at work, but you don’t need to be a part of the huge race to success if you don’t want to be. Hobbies are important, take up pottery or roller-blading, we only have one life. We don’t need to spend our spare time learning the intricacies of the Microsoft Office Suite to impress our boss.

Obviously, there are some things that matter when you enter the workforce. Not being smelly, showing up on time and generally knowing what you’re doing in your job are pretty important. There’s also so much that you shouldn’t worry about, you don’t need to have an ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’ attitude. You should take a nap now. Seriously, do it. Leaving uni and going into the big wide world is scary and feels sudden, it shouldn’t be made harder by putting ridiculous expectations on yourself about what constitutes being a real adult. Appreciate life as a student while you still can. Live, Laugh and Love your way through this academic year, whether it’s your first or your last.

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DADDY DOPAMINE Lily Petrovich (She/They)

Illustrated by Kimi Whiting

Most of us are familiar with sitting down to watch a couple of TikToks and blinking forward a couple of hours; or putting off an assignment we were excited to write until the thought of touching a laptop makes you want to drop out and pursue a career in stripping. These experiences are all to do with dopamine, a chemical most of us haven’t heard of, but have spent our lives chasing. Dopamine is your pleasure endorphin, it’s a wee chemical in your brain that makes you feel good. It’s key for motivation, productivity, and happiness. Dopamine plays a significant role in what we know as the reward system. We get satisfaction from completing important tasks, this is what encourages us to get our shit together.

It’s also why people with dopamine deficiencies (i.e. ADHD, depression or Parkinson’s) can come across as a mess or lazy. The brain providing what it needs to in order to get up and live life productively. The purpose is for survival. Our brain gives us a little “thank you” in the form of a dopamine release for drinking water, using the bathroom, or escaping a dangerous situation. This high of pleasure is what ensures we continue taking care of ourselves. It can be ridiculously helpful to understand how this ‘happy hormone’ works. It explains a lot about human behavior and once you see it, it’s pretty hard to unsee.

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All about that base There are two types of dopamine releases in the brain: the baseline and peak. The peak is what you may have heard as a “dopamine hit”. We experience dopamine peaks when we do or ingest things which cause the release of dopamine – when we’re high, we’re not really high from the drugs we’ve done, but high on ol’ mate dopamine. Our baseline, which is less discussed, is our natural or more stable levels of dopamine. Baseline levels of dopamine reflect how we feel in our general everyday life when we aren’t peaking. It’s always changing relative to the peaks we experience. In the wise words of physics, what goes up must come down. The higher our dopamine peak is, the lower our baseline levels of dopamine follow. We tend to feel gross and demotivated after binging on junk food, having a TikTok marathon or on the day after a night out on party drugs. When our brains achieve a dopamine peak, our baseline drops by just this much. Going out and doing anything productive feels so much harder because it physically is. You may have reached a big goal you’ve always worked towards and be hit with the feeling of ‘oh… now what?’. This is what comes after the dopamine peak of achieving your dreams. Pushing the dopamine button incessantly doesn’t work. Novelty plays a big role in the release of dopamine. The more you press that button, the less it works. It’s like listening to your favourite song daily until you kind of hate it. Do you remember the butterflies of your first love, the forever superior high of your first joint, or the initial excitement of your shiny new phone? This is all a result of these dopamine-inducing experiences being novel, and it’s why the more we do or expect something, the less exciting it is. Hence your now dreaded assignment that started off seeming somehow fun as hell; you backlogged her a little too hard. The function of this is to push humans to work for more and more and create a better community for future generations to come into. However, it’s also why humans are so greedy. Our brains are wired to be looking for the next snack of dopamine, this is why addiction is so common and dangerous - it’s why TikTok is like meth for kids.

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Dopamine domination So, what can we do to utilize our dopamine? To get it working with us instead of against us? This is something the most successful people in our lives have mastered, whether or not they know it. Scientists at Vanderbilt University held a study which found that those who were more willing to put hard work into tasks had higher levels of dopamine in their prefrontal cortex, the side of our brains responsible for rationality and logic. Those less willing to work for a reward had most of their dopamine stored in the bilateral insula, the side of our brain which regulates our most basic needs such as food, water, and sleep. This part of the brain is also generally responsible for your automatic responses. Luckily, there are in fact things even the most impulsive of us can do to balance out our dopamine levels.

False advice? One piece of advice students are relentlessly attacked with is to treat yourself with a reward after study. For every page you read you get a gummy bear, or, when you finish this assignment, you can go out and party. This is actually a pretty shit piece of advice. Stanford University found that when kids were rewarded with a gold star for completing art, their willingness to do art on their own accord shot down immediately. By motivating ourselves to do our work with a reward, we are wiring our brain to focus on the dopamine peak that will come with the reward at the end of the task we are trying to complete. We end up blocking the potential release of dopamine from doing the work itself; it becomes a chore. Dopamine heavily affects our perception of time - time flies when you’re having fun! But this reward hanging over our head will inevitably make our one hour of work feel like so much more. In saying that though, it is crucial that you give yourself a work/ school/life balance. If you adopt the workaholic lifestyle you will burn out! The dopamine you could be getting from sitting and hustling will windle away if the grind is what you’re addicted to (even hard work can be like cocaine). You need external, non-hustle sources of dopamine to keep that will to live intact. Going back to our good friend Novelty, this is something you can absolutely milk. As tempting as it is to forget about your schoolwork until you have to, getting it started from the get-go can give you that extra dopamine to get a good start on it as the task is new and novel. When you start to feel stuck on an assignment move onto another part or different assignment for a bit, coming back with fresh eyes will make your task feel that much easier. Take breaks to keep your tasks novel but certainly don’t count them down as reward time.

Breaking it down Breaking down tasks is another way to trick our little brains into complying with our more responsible needs. When we see that we need to write a 2000-word essay as the task at hand, our dopamine receptors are screaming. Hard work is hard; but when you can break down your assignment into a step-by-step process it will not only feel significantly easier and stop you from getting lost on an empty page – it will also give you a little burst of dopamine for every task you check off. The high of achieving progress will be something you can track and in the long run will feel much better than going out and drinking after binging an essay (how boring, right?).

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Dopamine fasting Dopamine fasting is another highly effective way to get you going at work. We live in an age of dopamine, nearly all of us live our lives by layering different dopamine-inducing behaviours and chemicals. Many of us study with a coffee in hand, nicotine breaks, our phones nearby, music blasting, and maybe even stimulants in our system. This gets our bodies used to needing this much stimulus to get us in ‘the zone’. While the first few times this might work well, once our bodies adjust to these dopamine peaks, studying gets harder and harder – this is why we’ve usually already started to crash by the time hand-ins roll around. A dopamine fast doesn’t have to be regular, in fact it is most effective when done so irregularly. You may flip a coin and heads means no or reduced external sources of dopamine for this study sesh. It will be hard as hell the first few times, but over time your body will thank you and when you do need a little bit of external assistance it will work! There can one little exception to the rule, and that’s caffeine. While caffeine certainly does give us a wee kick of dopamine, it’s pretty minor. What caffeine actually does is increase the uptake of dopamine from other behaviours or chemicals. This is why many of us enjoy a morning coffee and durry, a cheeky vodka red bull, or pre-workout before whipping out our body’s natural endorphins. Caffeine can make the work itself give you more dopamine, but of course it is still a psychoactive drug and snorting lines of No-Doz before a study session will do far more harm than good. Ideally, we should learn to enjoy the process of doing the work. This is what we experience when we find ourselves ‘in the zone’, the world around us blurs and can smash out an essay in one night. An effective way to trigger this state is before getting into your grind, dig into what the task at hand is, and find out what interests you the most about it. Then throw on those rose-tinted glasses and milk your passions to until you get that mahi done. Start with the most interesting part and let your inspiration grow. This is of course far easier said than done (and is for sure a process and a half) but learning to love your work is possibly one of the most powerful skills one can have, because it is entirely possible to rewire our brains to get dopamine from putting in effort and doing the work.

Finding some Hank Green-esque videos, or just some form of passionate nerd can make your topic seem more interesting than your 80-page reading. ‘Crash course *insert relevant topic here*’ is forever a go-to. Other people’s passion can be contagious when they frame the topic in a more mentally stimulating light. Leaving assignments to the last minute injects your brain with adrenaline and makes that zone easier to step into, but the more often you do this, the less effective this trick is. This is usually when you find yourself overwhelmed with work at the end of a semester, fully welcoming of the late penalty because that sounds like a better option. Novelty is far superior to adrenaline. Our modern world is a bit of a dopamine smorgasbord. We have all different flavors of dopamine available at our fingertips. It’s great to load up our plate but if we don’t get our portion of greens and keep filling ourselves to max every night, we’ll be left with empty pockets and feeling like shit. Be realistic with yourself, and don’t beat yourself up every time you do nibble on a bit of dopamine: it is pretty dope. But certainly, with this is mind, it is a powerful little endorphin, and it really does control how we feel and interact with the world around us. When we master dopamine, we can master our lives.

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Photography by Amelia Radley

Confessions of a...

Former Massey Student (who wasted their precious time)

University is supposed to be an integral part of your identity as a student, right? We see this troupe in every American coming-of-age movie. An obnoxious yo-pro banging on about their ivy league degree, or the brother/sisterhoods they formed with their frat or sorority. Although this cliche is beat over the head, and tacky as fuck, it does make me question why I’ve never felt a similar sense of pride explaining to people that I studied at Massey. If we rewind ALL the way back to first year. I was the only one of my friends who took the dark plunge and went to Massey. I thought it would give me an opportunity to forge my own path, grow as an individual, find myself, you know, all that shit. But alas, here I am five years later, living with my friends from primary school, and only in contact with 1-2 people, I met at University. Is this because of my sub-par social skills? Probably. But, do I wish that there was an inbuilt culture at Massey, where the campus was vibrant, spaces were created for us, and the culture was shoved into our face … yes? Anyways, I don’t wanna shit on Massey, it was actually kinda lacked, and I genuinely enjoyed most of my time there. I think I still create a mountain of excuses, like the one above, to mask the fact that the university experience is truly what you make of it. My piece of advice to all Massey newcomers is, don’t expect the university to roll everything you need out on a platter. If you want to join a club, actively

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seek them out, if you need help with student-related issues, hassle your student association. If you think processes need to change to make your, and your peer’s experience at Uni better, gather a group of people and let your voice be heard. While it’s not your responsibility to make sure this is all available, if the university is being shit, take things into your own hands. With this action, and fearlessness, you will talk to more people, Massey will become a part of your life that you don’t sadly forget after you finish your degree.

Do what I didn’t lol, yours truly, Former Massey Student.

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worst of the worst

movie reviews Welcome to the Worst of the Worst Movie Reviews. Every week I’ll be watching the worst rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes so you don’t have to. I’ll be doing one every week until the final issue where I’ll review the worst movie ever made (according to a random article I found). What are my qualifications you ask? I took Introduction to Media Studies in my first year and got a B average, so I think I know what I’m talking about. I’m going to watch each of these movies and decide whether it is rightfully on the worst movies of all-time list, based on my expert opinion.

The first movie I’m watching is The Disappointments Room, a thriller from 2016 that had a budget of US$15 million, and completely bombed at the Box Office. Obviously, this movie starts as all horror/thriller movies do, with an attractive white couple (Kate Beckinsale and Mel Raido) and their kid moving from a perfectly safe and normal house into an old, clearly haunted one in the countryside. They call it their ‘new beginning’. They make the super smart decision to arrive while it’s pitch black and raining, surely if it’s that long of a drive they should have stopped somewhere along the way. There’s a secret room in the house that’s locked, clearly a huge red flag, but Dana (the mum) gets into it anyway. She gets locked in there, and experiences some creepy shit when she falls asleep. There’s a big scary dog, a creepy little girl, and the most terrifying element: a bald white man. These nightmares continue, and whenever she goes to sleep, she dreams of being stuck in the room with the little girl and the big scary dog. The dog is a German Shepherd by the way. I don’t know about you but I feel like a chihuahua or a shiatzu would be way scarier, I’m tired of big dog slander. Dana is an architect and David (the husband) is a stay-athome dad, he also seems incredibly clueless and kind of annoying. As part of researching the house to renovate, she learns about the history of the house and learns that the rich people that used to live in the house and trapped a disabled child in the secret room because they were embarrassed (or disappointed, hence the name of the movie). They hire a sexy handyman, played by Lucas Till who you might know from Hannah Montana the Movie. Basically, a bunch of horrifying shit happens as a result of this room, and for most of it they chalk it up to Dana’s history with mental health issues. She talks to the spirits who used to live in the house, and learns about the evil bald white man who locked kids in the secret room. I’m not a huge fan of horror movies but this one is predictable, not at all scary, and somehow manages to be boring despite being very short. I don’t like the way it represents people who are mentally ill, female architects, or German Shepherds. Does it deserve to be on the worst movie of all-time list?


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Te Reo and NZSL Words of the Week Revitalising te reo Māori and NZSL is of paramount importance. Take a few minutes out of your day to learn and memorise memerise these words. It's the least we can do.

anga o te kapunga (orientation)

pōkaikaha (stressed)

ako (study) 29 / Rangitiak


Solicited advice is a weekly column where an underqualified anonymous guru answers the questions you want answered. This won’t include the stock-standard, sugar-coated advice you’re used to hearing – we’re talking about the truths that are REALLY on your mind.

When is honesty not the best policy?

Lie to people’s faces, then be mean in private - if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all… to them. Being hateful and resentful is an important and intrinsic part of human life. While being mean in private is good, deceiving people into thinking you are nice is the cherry on top - you get to be mean and deceptive. You get to feel good, and they get to feel good. Win, win. Sometimes when someone is wearing a really ugly outfit, I will go out of my way to compliment it. Just make sure when you’re mean in private, it’s to someone you can trust - like me. So, please DM us on Insta bullying people for me to enjoy, bonus points if you are complimentary in person.

How to make friends at 21?

The stock standard answer is always to join a club, but clubs are for weirdos, Christians and people who wear lanyards. I suggest you just go out of your way to chat with people and if you vibe, ask them on a friend date (if they say no pretend it was a dare from your ‘friends’ (that you don’t have)). It feels scary but I’ve had pretty good success with this. It’s so flattering to be asked out as a friend and is so ego fueling. Like if you got a message from someone, you’d chatted with saying ‘hey this is weird but can we hang out hehe’, they’d be so gassed. Just behave how you’d want someone to behave if they were trying to befriend you. If you can’t make friends after this advice… maybe self-reflect.

How to stop picking your nose? Um… you tell me... It’s so yummy. Do you have a question you’re dying to have answered? DM Massive Magazine on Instagram and look out for next week’s issue. Also, follow us while you’re at it x

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Photography by Amelia Radley

Horoscopes Capricorn



Take most of the money you’ve saved on alcohol and MDMA, and invest it into crypto.

The fresher five is no deterrent! Let your puku feast on whatever you desire. Eating shit food is the last thing you should have to stress over king x

If you haven’t already, quit your summer job and let your course-related costs guide you into a year of debt. IRD doesn’t actually make you pay this off when you leave uni.




Fuck your flatmate on your first week of halls, this is a great idea that won’t lead to any future problems. Extra points if it’s on the first night.

Steal as much free shit as you can from your student associations during O-Week. I’m talking food, stationery, sex toys, and personal belongings.

You will only have a good first week if you learn a te reo word each day this week. Sorry, I don’t make the rules x




You keep your head up soldier, you’ll adjust x

Stream is your worst enemy. One outs your laptop and complain to Massey staff that they don’t know how to make a website. No seriously, it needs to be fixed.

Travel to Albany and straddle the golden chicken wing. This will unlock a sexual and spiritual awakening that will restructure your identity.

Libra Be nice to your flatmates. One is secretly plotting to use all your shampoo, toothpaste and eat your food. Or, do it to them first.



Humble yourself by recording yourself singing any love ballad. For an extra sting, try singing seriously.

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Please don’t buy those DJ decks you’ve been wanting since you saw Dimension live at Shed 6.




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Te reo for hungry A synonym for alcohol, also a bodily fluid Massey Ram Tile placing game, shares a similar name to cheap pizza company A form of mathematics where numbers are substituted with letters The undisputed BEST Disney film The location where you crack a nang _ is for the boys Massey cat City in Japan the same letters as Tokyo Popular TV show set in a Los Angeles highschool Ke$ha’s best song, and viral app MAWSA tries to use The colour of Albany’s chicken wing statue British people having sex on tv in a villa This fish may shock you

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Tent like structure used for shade A roaring fire, also a stoner term Wine and juice A Massey boys favourite shoe To bring back alive Everyone’s least favourite primary colour The number of student associations at Massey The Massey student association merger Most used word of 2020-2020, or to change direction To be secluded A student’s favourite outing, involves cheap food and lots of wine This star sign may sting you Opposite of a trend How many issues of Massive will be in print this year Māori word for Zoom The first name of who Massey university is named after

Word Wheel The target is to create as many words as possible from the letters within the Word Wheel You must use the middle letter.


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MUSAF BOARD 2022 MUSAF is the name of the Federation that represents the partnership of 10 Massey University Student Associations located across the 3 university campusesManawatū (Palmerston North), Pukeahu (Wellington) and Ōtehā (Albany). The role of the MUSAF board is to collaboratively govern student services and make decisions about the way the student associations work together and deliver services to students in the future.

Each campus has a General, Māori and Pasifika student association. The Massey@Distance association has a Māori and Pasifika student representative on their team. MUSAF board membership includes the President or a nominated elected Exec from each of the 10 member associations. In addition, there are 3 Ex-Officio Board members (2021 members that remain on the Board in 2022) to provide continuity and stability.

General ExOfficio & Chair Fatima Imran

MUSA Marla Beissel

ASA Ben Austin

MAWSA Elizabeth Hodgson

M@D Jacalyn Clare

M@D Jax Watt

Pasifika Ex-Officio Aniva Feau

MUPSA Siutaisa Havea

MAPSA Aniva Feau

MAPS Khushboo Singh

Māori Ex-Officio Ramairoa Tawera

Manawatahi Angus McLay

Te Waka O Ngā Akonga Māori Mikaela Matenga

Kōkiri Ngātahi Antonia Quinn

MUSAF Board Structure Pasifika Ex-Officio Member

General Ex-Officio Member

Māori Ex-Officio Member









Te Waka O Ngā Akonga Māori

Kōkiri Ngātahi

Massey University Students' Association

Albany Students' Association

Massey at Wellington Students' Association

Massey at Distance Students' Association

Massey University Pasifika Students' Association

Massey Albany Pasifika Students' Association

Massey Association of Pasifika Students

Māori Students' Association of Massey Manawatū

Māori Students' Association of Massey Albany

Māori Students' Association of Massey Wellington

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Contact details for Association Presidents and Executive Teams can be found on Association websites or Facebook pages.

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Rosie Manawatahi

Tēnā tātou e ngā tauira mā! Nau mai ki te tau hou mātauranga mō Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa! Ko Rosalie Koko tōku ingoa, he uri tēnei nō Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, nō Ngāti Pāhauwera, nō Hāmoa hoki. Hello, my name is Rosie and I am the Social Media Coordinator for Manawatahi. Manawatahi is our Māori Student Association for Manawatū! We love to see our Māori students from all walks of life coming to Kāingarua. Whether you are a kura kid or you are reconnecting with your roots, kaua e whakama! Don’t be shy, come along to Kāingarua (here’s a map).

MARLA MUSA Kia ora koutou and welcome to (or back to) Massey! My name is Marla and I’m the President of MUSA, your Manawatū based Massey students’ association. We at MUSA know that starting Uni and doing classes during a pandemic is a challenge, so we’re here to help wherever we can! MUSA holds events, runs and assists with clubs on campus, runs your local MUSA Shop and Radio Control (99.4) radio station, owns 30 flats in town aimed towards student renters, and provides advocacy for all students! Part of what helps us run authentically are our Student Representatives on our MUSA Board. And there are six positions that need to be filled in a by-election! So check us out on our Facebook: MUSA - Massey University Students’ Association, to find out more! We’d love to have you. Finally, good luck for the year ahead. Make friends, join clubs, and try your hardest to attend all your classes. Kia maia! 38 / Rangitaki

NTS Fiona and Lizzo MAWSA

Kia Ora beautiful people! Fiona and Lizzo here, your Co-Presidents of MAWSA (Massey at Wellington’s Student’s Association) for 2022. We hope your summer was relaxing and you’re feeling refreshed. Honestly, the break could’ve been longer, but we’re back and ready for you. We’re here to empower and represent students, so if you need any help, have questions or just want to chill out, we’ll be in Co-Lab. Take care of yourselves because it’s gonna be one hell of a year!”


Kia ora tātou! If you’re new here, I’m Michaela, your Co-President until the March by-election. How was ya raumati (summer)? Between soaking up the sun, buying so many avocados, pondering about never affording a home (probably from the cost of avocados), I also advocated for free fares! Free fares for tertiary students, under 25’s, and community service card holders. Do you want to reduce greenhouse gases and promote transport equity while accessing free public transport? Jump on board the free fares campaign, scan the QR code to sign the petition, and share it with your friends and whānau! Finally, if you’re passionate about student issues, get yourself nominated for our March by-election! Stay tuned to find out more.

ESIDE Kia ora Massey whānau. We know that, during this time, many students are either trying to get ahead with their studies or just get their head around university life online. Well, M@D are here to support you!

“What’s M@D?” you may be asking. Massey@Distance (M@D) is the Massey distance students association. The Co-Presidents, Jacalyn and Jax, have been busy with regional distance orientations for Massey students and you may have met us or our team. We’ve enjoyed meeting so many of the people we represent and look forward to engaging with you all in the future. Come visit it us on Stream or our (very) active FB group!

Jacalyn and Jax M@D

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