Entries are opened for the 2022 New Zealand Food Awards

Entries opened today for the 2022 New Zealand Food Awards and close on 31 May. The awards will be announced at a gala dinner in Palmerston North in October.

Massey University is the principal sponsor and owner of the awards, which have celebrated New Zealand’s food and beverage manufacturers, focusing on innovation and excellence, since 1987.

The awards are open to small and large food and beverage manufacturers, primary food producers, food service providers and ingredient supply companies. This year, the awards will continue to build on the “Food Hero” theme, developed during the 2020 lockdown to celebrate the way Kiwi companies are responding and reacting to the global pandemic.

Massey University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas says the standard of entries each year is outstanding, and the calibre of previous winners is testament to that. Continue reading

Massey’s food innovation legacy celebrated in ‘NZ Food Heroes’

Massey University’s commitment to the food sector as a long-standing leader of research and education excellence in food science, product development, and food health and safety, has inspired a twist on this year’s New Zealand Food Awards.

Due to the huge impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards this year have shifted from their usual programme, which would have opened for entries on May 1, to generating a community-focussed celebration of innovators across all sectors of the food and beverage industry.

Food has been a huge preoccupation for most in lockdown.  And in light of this new appreciation for the variety and quality of local food in a time of crisis, the New Zealand Food Awards –  powered by Massey University – want to celebrate the people who make it all happen. Continue reading

Leader of world’s best agri-food university visiting New Zealand

The Riddet Institute will host the President of the world’s leading Agri-Food University, Professor Louise O. Fresco, during her visit to New Zealand this  week.

Professor Fresco, from Wageningen University and Research, is in this country from December 3-7.  She will meet with thought leaders, primary industries and key research partners.

The Riddet Institute will be hosting a summit at Te Papa in Wellington on Thursday where Professor Fresco will be the keynote speaker.  The summit will address the challenges of food production and nutrition that must be tackled to sustainably feed an ever-growing world population.   It will also address the impact of this on the New Zealand economy and primary industries.

Professor Fresco and other strategic leaders in the areas of food economics, research and production will speak on this theme from a global perspective and the implications for New Zealand as a food producing nation.

Riddet Institute director and Massey University Distinguished Professor Harjinder Singh says the visit is a highlight of the year.

“We are extremely proud and honoured to host Professor Fresco. This visit is another important milestone in the continuing relationship between Wageningen University, the Riddet Institute and Massey University,” says Professor Singh.

The Riddet Institute and Massey University have a special relationship with Wageningen University, a collaboration that goes back over 30 years. Over that shared history, there have been many collaborative projects, along with staff and student exchanges.

During her visit, Professor Fresco will spend time at Massey University, where she will meet with the University leadership team, as well as key academics.

Wageningen University is celebrating its centenary this year and during this visit special events will be held to commemorate the anniversary.  Massey University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas and Professor Fresco, will plant a special UniversiTREE to symbolise the continuing relationship between Wageningen University and Massey’s Manawatū campus. The iplanting will form part of a “virtual forest” of trees that Wageningen has planted with other collaborating institutions around the world this year.

There will also be events where the Wageningen delegation meets past and present academic, post-doctoral and postgraduate staff including a special event at the Netherlands’ Embassy in Wellington on Friday, December 7.

Professor Fresco, a high-profile leader in the Agri-Food sector globally,  is a highly recognised academic, has her own TV programme, has written several best-selling books on her research and has given many lectures on the subject of feeding the world, including a TED Talk. She has a long academic career at both Wageningen and Amsterdam Universities, with extensive involvement in policy and development programmes.

Professor Fresco is a member of eight Scientific Academies and for 10 years was Assistant-Director General at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. She has also served on the boards of companies including Rabobank and Unilever.

This week she also will meet with a variety of industry and government representatives including Dr Megan Woods (Minister for Research, Science & Innovation), David Parker (Minister for Economic Development), the Global Women Showcase Dinner in Auckland and a public lecture at the Beehive hosted by Damien O’Connor (Minister for Agriculture, Trade and Export Growth, Biosecurity & Food Safety).

Source:  Riddet Institute

Massey Agriculture climbs to 22nd position in world university rankings


Vice-chancellor Jan Thomas has cause to smile.

Massey University’s ranking has climbed five positions to be 22nd in the world in the agriculture and forestry subject area in this year’s edition of the QS World University Rankings.

Wageningen University in the Netherlands ranked first for agriculture and forestry, followed by the University of California (Davis) Cornell University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences  and the University of California (Berkeley).

Lincoln University slipped from 39th to 44th place.

But to put this in perspective, 330 universities were given rankings for agriculture and forestry.

Overall, this year’s rankings table features 980 institutions, 959 of which qualify for an overall rank. Forty-six institutions feature for the first time in the 2018 edition.

To arrive at this final table, 4,388 institutions were considered.

Massey confirmed its veterinary science world standing at 23rd place and two other Massey subject areas, arts and design and development studies, were ranked in the top 100.

A delighted Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas, said Massey’s world-class reputation has been reinforced by these rankings.

“To be ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for any subject is a significant achievement; to have four subject areas ranked is outstanding,” Professor Thomas says.

“This confirms our pursuit of excellence in teaching excellence and world-class research outputs.”

Agriculture, biology, veterinary science and environmental sciences are among a total of 21 Massey subjects ranked.

Stuff reported that all eight New Zealand universities were ranked in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by subject, placing in the top 50 institutions for 32 subjects – compared with 28 in 2017.

QS World University Rankings, an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds, is considered an official measure of university ranking.

New Zealand’s most-ranked universities were the University of Auckland and the University of Otago.

The rankings are based on academic reputation, research citations and impact, and employer reputation, gathering responses from more than 170,000 academics and 158,000 employers.