Past Student Achievements 2024

Celebrating Past Student Achievements in 2024

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Massey alumna, Zoë Nicholson has been appointed General Manager of Footnote New Zealand Dance. 

Footnote is a trail-blazing contemporary dance company with a 38-year history of supporting New Zealand dance artists by commissioning new works, performing and teaching in schools around Aotearoa.

Zoë graduated from Massey High in 2012. She completed a Bachelor of Dance Studies at Waipapa Taumata Rau/University of Auckland. She has been producer for Red Leap Theatre, and Tempo Dance Festival, Basement Theatre, Dance Plant Collective and many independent dance artists. Congratulations to Zoë on her leadership role of an iconic New Zealand dance company.


A huge congratulations to Catherine Webb (class of 2014) who has just graduated as a University Doctoral Scholar (PhD) – Insulin sensitivity and neuronal plasticity in the Alzheimer’s disease entorhinal cortex.

Catherine studied how insulin resistance promotes Alzheimer’s disease. She found changes in insulin receptor expression in the memory regions of brains with Alzheimer’s disease. Her work offers one explanation for the link between diabetes and loss of brain function in Alzheimer’s disease.

We are incredibly proud of Catherine’s achievement, the field she is studying is one which affects so many families and touches so many lives. The hard work, resilience, applied intelligence, and intense discipline required to achieve this is an inspiration to all. As well as this heavy workload, Catherine found time to return to Massey High School to present to our students of Biology.



Congratulations to Hayden Whitaker (Student 2018 - 2022) who ran 104.6km in the Tarawera Ultra-Trail, New Zealand's premier run, taking runners through the heart of Tarawera, passing glistening lakes and through lush native bush, with never ending support along the way.

Hayden placed 79th in his category (20-34M), 217th in his gender category and 296th globally with a race time of 16:40:52.

Well done Hayden! This is a HUGE achievement, and we are incredibly proud of you.


Congratulations to Ramona Fuaiva'a (Student 2016 - 2020) on her selection into the BBNZ Emerging Leaders Programme.  The BBNZ Emerging Leaders Programme is an 18-month development opportunity, for emerging female leaders in basketball. It focuses on empowering participants through residential workshops, mentorship, and skill-building development opportunities. Participants will gain increased self-confidence, improved communication skills, and the ability to think strategically; and will be supported to put these skills into practice in their day-to-day lives. It is also intentionally designed to empower them throughout their learning journey to contribute to the advancement of basketball associations, clubs, and associated organisations around the country.

She has just completed her first year of study at AUT, majoring in Health and P.E. Her immediate career goal is to become a high school P.E. teacher.

Congratulations on your selection Ramona, very well deserved.


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