PROFESSOR GISELLE BYRNES
Research, Academic and Enterprise
Research at Massey spans discovery, commercialisation, scholarship and the production of creative works, and includes both professional and clinical practice.
Our research at Massey is also distinguished by our focus on solving ‘wicked problems’ and contemporary societal challenges, in addition to maintaining our commitment to fundamental knowledge discovery. This dual focus, along with our unwavering responsibility to demonstrate leadership in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand as we uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the founding document of our nation, clearly differentiates Massey from other universities.
Our applied approach to research also informs the connection with our teaching and postgraduate supervision through the teaching-research nexus. Our academic offerings, driven by our research, offer students opportunities to work alongside practitioners and engage in applied learning contexts, and to solve ‘real world’ problems.
One of the key objectives in the Massey University Strategy 2018–2022 is for our university to be a Tiriti o Waitangi-led institution. This infuses and informs everything we do at the university. We are excited by this goal, noting that while research is a key area where we can work to realise this aim, such ambition comes with huge responsibilities.
Since we published the first volume of Rangahau in 2016, a number of readers have asked for an explanation of the title. In te reo Māori the word ‘ranga’ forms a base for many words, but in the word ‘rangahau’ it connotes to raise, cast up, to ‘pull up by the roots’ or to set in motion. The word ‘hau’ also has many meanings but when combined with ‘ranga’ it can mean to be heard, report, publish abroad, or a message that is notable and illustrious.
Thus the word ‘rangahau’ suggests our purpose and one of our core missions as a university: to seek, search out, pursue and to raise up. Here at Massey University Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa we have adopted this term to express in te reo Māori the idea and essence of researching and our effort to promote excellent research initiatives.
Rangahau celebrates this tradition by profiling researchers from across our colleges, research institutes and centres whose work exemplifies engaged, essential and globally relevant research with impact and influence.
I invite you to read on, explore and enjoy.
Tihei mauri ora!