MPOWER hosts events throughout the year.  In addition MPOWER co-host events with other institutions and organisations like HRINZ.  Being an MPOWER member allows you to gain access to these events for free or at a reduced cost.  If you are interested in becoming a MPOWER member please email Jane Parker the MPOWER coordinator. 

Forthcoming Events, Activities and Outputs  

  • SA Partners' Continuous Improvement Conference - 30 August 2017This popular conference, supported by MPOWER, is back at Massey University's Albany campus for a full day on 30 August 2017. It will include presentations from:

* Chris Till (CEO, HR Institute of New Zealand);
* Adam Bentley (National Business Excellence Manager, Countdown Supermarkets);
* Susan Martin (General Manager - Retail and Business Credit, ASB Bank); and
* Dr Morgan Jones (Business Excellence Specialist and author of the book, 'Sponsoring Success').

Book your place soon! Massey staff can attend at the heavily reduced cost of $150. For more information, please see: SA Partners Conference 2017.pdf (353 KB)

  • Labour and Industry Journal - special issue on Transformative Technology and the Future of Employment Relations

Labour and Industry will be publishing a special issue on the above topic later in 2017. More information soon!

Past Events

Some of MPOWER's past events have associated resources (see below). If, however, you would like more information about any of the activities listed, please email us at


  • 2017 Women's Careers and Aspirations Survey (Report available)

MPOWER was commissioned by Convergence Partners to undertake a national survey of women's careers and aspirations in NZ. We're pleased to announce that the long report of the study is now available at: Final Report.pdf (1,355 KB)

  • 2017 Executive/Management Education Survey

MPOWER were commissioned by the Institute of Management NZ to undertake a survey of executive management, middle management and 'high potentials' in NZ workplaces. The main findings from New Zealand were compared with those from Australasia in presentations by Prof. Jane Parker on 23 and 31 May at IMNZ's Auckland and Wellington offices. A full report of the study which can be found here: survey report final.pdf (2,266 KB)

  • 2nd MPOWER Health and Safety Seminar - Massey Auckland Campus on 25 July 2017

    We will be running a second workplace health and safety seminar on 25 July (12.30-2.30pm) at Massey Business School (Room MBS2.15), following the MPOWER seminar by Assoc-Prof Ian Laird and Dr David Tappin in mid-March. Ian and David will be joined by Deirdre Farr (PhD Candidate in Massey's School of Management) and all three will present on an array of leading health and safety at work issues and trends. For more information, please view this notice: Poster -MPOWER RESEARCH SEMINAR.pptx (855 KB)


    • NZ Continuous Improvement / Lean Business Systems Conference - 7 September, Massey Albany campus  

    For the second year, MPOWER co-organised SA Partners' Continuous Improvement Conference at Massey's Albany campus. This event is of high value for practitioners, professionals and academics concerned with the essence of enterprise excellence. The conference included a number of speakers, including MPOWER members Chris Till (CEO, HRINZ); Mark Powell (CEO-in-residence, Massey Business School); and Assoc-Prof Jonathan Elms (Director, Massey's Centre for Advanced Retail Studies). Conference flyer:  NZ Conference 2016-1.pdf (528 KB)

    • Dr Stephane Le Queux - MPOWER overseas visitor seminar - 30 May 2016 

    At Massey's Albany and Manawatu campuses, Stephane spoke on recent research with Dr Stephanie Graff (JCU) on 'Citizenship and Independence Frontiers in New Caledonia'. Flyer:  Seminar notes:  Graff Le Queux Massey Handout May 2016.docx (7,507 KB)

    • Linda Tirado - public talk and discussion - 18 May 2016

    Linda Tirado, US author of Hand to Mouth: The Truth About Being Poor in a Wealthy World and American anti-poverty activist, spoke about poverty in wealthy countries like New Zealand and the US. Flyer: 

    • MPOWER Panel Seminar - 9 March 2016

    This panel seminar, "Changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000: One Year On', involved Helen White (Helen White Law), Fraser St John-Atkins (Elephant HR) and Jeff Sissons (General Council, NZ Council of Trade Unions) as speakers. Flyer:  For copies of resources from our speakers: Helen White (paper): 9 March - Helen White (762 KB) ; Fraser Atkins (ppts): 9 March - Fraser Atkins (2,196 KB) ; and Jeff Sissons (ppts): 9 March - Jeff Sissons (990 KB)

    • EPIC-MPOWER seminar - 12 February 2016

    Professor Molefe Maleka gave a seminar on "The importance of a Living Wage in South Africa" on 12 February 2016 (flyer: ). Powerpoints from his talk: Molefe presentation on LW.pptx (4,603 KB)  

    • MPOWER seminar by overseas visiting scholar - January 2016

    Assoc-Prof Hari Bapuji (University of Manitoba) spoke at Massey University (Albany and Manawatu campuses) on organisational strategy, inequality and Impact. 11am-12.30pm. Flyer: MPOWER seminar - Assoc_-Prof Bapuji (26 January 2016).docx (625 KB) MPOWER. For a video recording of Hari's seminar:


    • MPOWER at ANZAM: academic researchers presented an array of papers at the Australian and NZ Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference in Queenstown, NZ, 2-4 December. Research topics covered the Living Wage; job burnout and work-family practice; workplace bullying; and organisational resilience.
    • MPOWER presentation to HRINZ Executive HR Group: by Profs Jane Parker and Jarrod Haar (Massey Business School) on Living Wage study findings, 20 November, 7-11am, BECA House, Auckland Central
    • Continuous Improvement Conference: 2 September. MPOWER assisted SA Partners with a one day conference on lean management/continuous improvement at Massey's Albany campus. Speakers included Professor Peter Hines (Cardiff University) and senior representatives from sectors as diverse as food manufacturing, banking, leisure, health, agriculture and academia. Both the MPOWER Researcher Development Awards and the SA Partners Continuous Improvement Award were presented at this event, which culminated with a dinner and after dinner speech by Tawera Nikau at 'The Wine Box' in Albany.
    • MPOWER-New Zealand Employment Relations Society Panel Seminar - "End of an E.R.A.?" - 27 July 2015. Speakers - Dr Stephen Blumenfeld (Centre for Labour, Employment and Work (CLEW)), Helen White (Helen White Law) and Jeff Sissons (NZ Council of Trade Unions). Flyer: MPOWER-NZERS Panel Seminar - 27 July 2015 (433 KB) For powerpoints and notes:

                     Stephen Blumenfeld (CLEW - VUW): Stephen Blumenfeld (CLEW - VUW) powerpoints (3,019 KB)

                     Helen White (Helen White Law): Helen White (Helen White Law) notes (25 KB)

                     Jeff Sissons (NZCTU): Jeff Sissons (NZCTU) powerpoints (1,057 KB)

    • MPOWER Warehouse Group Ltd launch and seminar on Organisational Leadership and Diversity - 5 May. The partnership between The Warehouse Group and MPOWER was formally marked by a launch at the Sir Stephen Tindall Learning Centre. MPOWER also showcased its recent research with New Zealand's leading organisations around the theme of Organisational Leadership and Diversity. Flyer: MPOWER-TWG Collaboration Launch (156 KB) MPOWER researcher speakers - Professor Jim Arrowsmith (on employee engagement); Professor Stuart Carr (the business of inclusion and the Living Wage) and Professor Jarrod Haar (business and modern leadership). Resources:

                     About the launch and MPOWER (317 KB)

                     Business and Leadership - Jarrod Haar (1,125 KB)

                     Employee Engagement - Jim Arrowsmith (860 KB)

                     Inclusion and the Living Wage - Stuart Carr (799 KB)

                    MPOWER-TWG launch photographs (7,165 KB)


In September 2016, MPOWER its third annual Researcher Support Awards at SA Partners' Continuous Improvement Conference at Massey's Albany Campus. The awards recognise and financially support emerging researchers at Massey University who are working on projects concerned with areas of people and work management. 

Overall award winners

  • Kasuni Weerasinghe, with her PhD project, 'Big data in NZ healthcre: A socio-cognitive approach'; and
  • Murray Brown, with his Masters project, 'Management perceptions of NZ's ageing labour force: a resource-based view'.

There were also seven highly-commended award winners:

  • Heather Stephens with her Masters project, 'People dimension of change management in SMEs in New Zealand business environments';
  • Shamalka Perera with her PhD project, 'Cultural diversity and inclusion in New Zealand workplaces';
  • Nimeesha Odedra with her PhD project, 'Subtle but cumulatively damaging: Understanding the potential impact of subtle and implicit discrimination in the workplace using a 'micro-aggression' approach';
  • Natalia D'Souza with her PhD project, 'Exploring New Zealand Nurses' Experience of Workplace Cyberbullying: Advancing knowledge around prevention and intervention';
  • Tim Winstone with his Masters project, 'Delivering and sustaining change with a management operating system: The journey towards medicines optimisation';
  • Zoe Port with her Bachelors (Honours) project, 'Violence in the New Zealand workplace: A study of risk factors and organisational responses'; and
  • Wahab Shahbaz with his PhD project, 'Psychological entitlement and workplace outcomes: The moderating role of mindfulness'.

The awards were presented by Mark Powell (CEO-in-residence, Massey Business School) and Professor Jane Parker (MPOWER Co-Director). The panel of judges included Professors Jim Arrowsmith and Tim Bentley and Sonia Appleby-Maine (The Warehouse Group). 

The Conference was co-organised by MPOWER.

MPOWER will present its research awards again in 2017. Keep an eye on our website for forthcoming details.

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