Distance Students'

July 2019

A Note From Izzy

Welcome to semester two, 2019!

My name is Izzy and I am an advocate for all Massey Uni distance students. If you run into any problems during your tertiary journey, whether that be academic complaints or problems in your personal life, I’m a qualified social worker and able to support you in a range of ways. What’s super cool about my role, is that I am completely independent from the University. I work for the students association, check out more about us here!

With the semester beginning in just under a week’s time, I hope you are feeling prepared and excited to tackle the challenges study provides us. Below you’ll find some helpful information, upcoming events and cool things to get involved with.

Don’t hesitate to give me a call or flick me an email, I love hearing from you!

Distance Advocate • distance.advocacy@musa.org.nz

Chill Out Tuesday!

A BRAND NEW INITIATIVE that’s all about taking time to focus on your mental wellness, while strengthening our distance student community.

Every Tuesday, an activity will be posted on the MUSA Distance Students’ Advocacy Facebook page. So go give it a ‘like’ and get involved.

Every week there will be prizes available, and I promise it will be fun!

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If you want to win a $50 Prezi Card, go ‘like’ the MUSA Distance Students’ Advocacy Facebook page and comment on the “What makes you happy?” post.

Winner will be drawn Monday 15th July.

facebook page

The Ultimate Chocolate Mug Cake

In the mood for chocolate cake? This super quick microwave version cooks in just one minute!

In a large mug, combine

3 tbs Milk
1 Tbs Canola Oil
A Dash of Vanilla

3 tbs Flour
2 tbs Brown Sugar
2 tsp Cocoa Powder
¼ tsp Baking powder

Add a teaspoon of chocolate chips and cook for 45 -60 seconds in the microwave. Leave to rest for 3 minutes and enjoy!

Academic Advice

If you want to be sure you are taking the right papers, get in touch with the experts on it all.

academic advice

Student Assistance Program

If you run into some unexpected costs, like your car breaks down, laptop dies or you need glasses, MUSA can give you up to $500 you never have to pay back! It doesn’t matter if you're studying part time, or earning money – you should still apply!

SAP application

Upcoming Events

Keen to meet other students in your area? Great! Because MUSA pays for the food and drinks so you can do this!

For more details or to RSVP, email: distance.advocacy@musa.org.nz


Date: Sunday, 21st July

Time: 1:30pm

Where: The Verandah, Rotorua Drive

Waikato facebook group


Date: Saturday, 27th July

Time: 2:30pm

Where: MUSA Lounge, Massey Manawatū

P. North facebook group

Te Rau Tauawhi - Māori Student Centre

Wanting more information on Māori Student support? Check out Te Rau Tauawhi, the Māori Student Centre who are here to support you and your whānau through your university journey.

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StudyUp is a series of online workshops designed to help enhance your writing and study skills. Be sure to check out all the information and session times.

StudyUp details

Introducing Katherine

Who are you and what is your role?

I am the new Māori Learning Mentor for the college of Sciences. My role is to provide mentoring and advice to students with Māori whakapapa, who are taking College of Science courses - including those of us studying my distance.

I have BSc in plant biology and genetics and almost an MSc in plant science - plants are my passion! However, I love all aspects of science and technology and am keen to help you succeed in STEM no matter what your field. I have studied distance myself at Massey, so I understand how challenging it can be to study STEM by distance.

I whakapapa to Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa on my mother’s side, and hail from the Wairarapa, but now I am based in the Manawatū. I enjoy caring for my ever growing collection of orchids, carnivorous plants, and cacti by night, and helping students like yourselves achieve their goals by day.

Email: k.murray@massey.ac.nz or
Phone: 06 356 9099 extn: 86034

EXMSS Scholarships

Applications are currently open for EXMSS Scholarships. There are three major prizes of $3000 as well as three runner-up prizes of $500.

Please contact EXMSS for any questions.

Applications close midnight Sunday 28th July.

scholarship application contact EXMSS

Massey Library

Want to know how to return your library books for FREE?

It’s super easy, just turn your CourierPost bag inside out and pop on the supplied label. Don’t stress if you can’t find the label, you can print extras here. It's best you post your books back at least three days prior to the due date so we get them in time. If you live near a campus, you can always drop books back in person.


We are celebrating the fact that we have been a part of the BONUS+ Borrowing Scheme for 10 years this year. We have a few things planed between the 22nd July – 9th August, so check out the website to see what we are doing. Don’t know what the BONUS+ is? Check out the details here.

Brought to you by MUSA in association with Massey University and EXMSS