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Massey Venues Team

Andrea Abbott

Position: Manager Hospitality Services & Events
Location: Auckland

Andrea Abbott previously worked with Auckland Community Projects funded to bring communities together through events and activities. She came to the Massey Auckland campus initially as a contractor to deliver an Open Day, which was 16 years ago. Since then, she has managed and overseen many red carpet events, exhibitions, concerts, conferences, and seminars. Andrea is extremely creative with an extensive network in Auckland, she can transform a simple outdoor area or meeting room into a magical festive space. Her creativity is also expressed in her love of all food, she loves food with lots of flavor – nothing bland.

Frances Healy

Position: Hospitality Services Manager
Location: Palmerston North

Frances Healy has a background in numbers and banking. She came to Wharerata over 19 years ago when she picked up some after-hours work to earn a bit of extra money. Frances never left and eventually worked her way up the hospitality ladder. Her background and experience with managing events at Wharerata and Sport & Rugby Institute is phenomenal. Frances can move with ease from a premium wedding event, to looking after the Australian Hockey Team. With all the high-quality food and beverage she sees each day, nothing beats a good burger in her books.

Cory Anderson

Position: Manager Hospitality Services
Location: Wellington

Cory Anderson has worked in hospitality for most of his working life. He worked the café, bar, and restaurant scene before progressing into events management. He brings a wealth of experience to Massey Venues in Wellington having worked on major events like the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Grand Prix and the Avalon Air show all across NZ, Australia, and the UK. Cory has trained as a pilot which gives you an idea of his ability to balance attention to detail and getting the job done. In his downtime, he is partial to craft beer in particular Hazy IPAs.

Sean Kereama

Position: National Executive Chef & Operations
Location: Palmerston North

Executive Chef Sean Kereama is a highly qualified chef with 30+ years’ experience, 16 of those years have been here at Massey. Chef Kereama covers Manawatu, Wellington and Auckland campuses, although is based in Wharerata on the Manawatu Campus. It is unusual in the hospitality industry for a Chef to stay in one place for so long, however Wharerata is such a beautiful venue with a great team of people it would be hard to find a better place to work. Sean enjoys food of any description but has a particular passion for Japanese style food.

Taka Moriyama

Position: Head Chef
Location: Palmerston North

Head Chef Taka Moriyama is a qualified chef with 20+ years’ experience. Taka hails from Japan and has worked at Wharerata for just over 10 years, having previous experience in local cafés, restaurants and even helped set up a food truck business. Taka sees Wharerata and guests as his whanau, it is all about the people – He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. He is at his happiest when he is eating fresh NZ fish paired with a good Sauvignon Blanc.

Denise Scott

Position: Head Chef
Location: Wellington
Head Chef Denise Scott is a qualified chef with 40+ years’ experience. She has lived and worked in Australia where she loved working in amongst the super cool Aussie Characters, some of them famous. Denise joined us following a stint with a high-end catering company in Wellington and has been integral to the new modern food vibe we have in Tussock Café. Denise is constantly on the lookout for exciting new food trends, but at home she simply prefers to relax with a block of Cadburys chocolate albeit washed down with a very good glass of Chardonnay.

Testimonials

The room facilities were well-equipped
— Response + Recovery Aotearoa New Zealand (RRANZ)
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“In February, we hosted a weeklong workshop at the Massey Albany campus. Our workshop had both online and in-person presentations, as well as breakout workgroups. The room facilities were well-equipped with the technology needed for the presentations; and the space was more than sufficient for the participants to comfortably work in their breakout rooms. The on-site staff were extremely responsive to needs and were a joy to work with during the workshop. In leading up to the course, they were reliable communicators in helping us plan out the week. We definitely hope to be able to run future events here, as the service and venue were terrific. Many thanks to Andrea and her team!”
Using the space again
— Rhiannon NZAPP Auckland Heat Organiser
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“We hired the Massey AT2 theatre for a pole competition and are so glad we did. Andrea and her team were really helpful with providing all the information required and ensuring we had what we need for the day to run smoothly. The venue itself had all we needed in terms of audience seating, backstage options and a foyer for guests to hang out prior to doors opening. We look forward to using the space again in future”
Highly recommended
— Xero | Conference | 600 guests
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“I would highly recommend using Massey University as a venue, not only does it offer fantastic facilities, but having the venue facilitated by [Massey Venues] has made it a flawless experience.”
A Success
— Cancer Society | Conference | 100 guests
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“I would like to thank you so much for the catering and the effort you went to, to make our conference a success. The food was amazing & presented beautifully.”
Beyond Expectations
— Wellington LoopEd Trust | Conference | 900 guests
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“The service that we had from Massey Venues went above and beyond expectations. Massey exceeded my expectations in every way.”
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