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Massey Uni receives anonymous $3.4m gift

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/06/2017

Massey University has received the largest single donation in its 90-year history - an anonymous $3.4 million gift.

The donation was gifted to the Massey University Foundation, on Friday, which supports students, staff and development of university facilities, reports Stuff.

In a statement Massey vice chancellor professor Jan Thomas said she was amazed at the size of the gift and humbled by the generosity of the donor.

Money in the Massey foundation is used on scholarships for students, special projects such as restoration of heritage buildings, or particular parts of Massey, such as the Wildbase wildlife hospital.

But donors could also select how the money should be used.

This donor, who insisted on anonymity, asked that it be invested in supporting postgraduate scholarships, Ms Thomas said.

"All I can say is thank you so much. Every cent will always be used for the benefit of students."

Postgraduate students often didn't qualify for government allowances and many struggled with demands of working to support themselves while studying, Ms Thomas said.

Before this donation was made, the largest was a $1.3 million gift from late Palmerston North couple, Ken and Elizabeth Powell, in 2012.

The couple wanted to establish a fund to support the study of technology in engineering and health, upon their deaths.

Massey University enrols about 32,500 students every year at its campuses in Auckland, Manawatu, and Wellington, and its distance education programme.

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