Extramurally Yours

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata he tangata he tangata!
What is the most important thing in the world? The people, the people, the people!

Distance Advocacy

Kia ora and welcome to Semester Two distance study. My name is Katheryn Margaret Pascoe and I am your Distance Advocate. Distance Advocacy is a free, independent and confidential service overseen by MUSA.

Distance Advocacy has a student assistance program designed to support distance students though unforeseen and temporary hardship impacting the ability to continue studying. While it is not designed for University fees or long term/on-going hardship, we acknowledge that sometimes the unexpected happens in life, and some extra support can be needed. If you would like to talk about your circumstances to explore whether you may be eligible for the program, please do not hesitate to contact me distance.advocacy@musa.org.nz or phone 06 356 9099 extn 86180

Use The Pre-reading Service

Do you need a fresh pair of eyes and would like some help with university level writing?

  • What? An online pre-marking assignment review service that offers you feedback on structure, focus, academic style, referencing and use of sources (60 minutes for undergraduates and 90 minutes for postgraduates).
  • Who? All distance students (except research students).
  • Why? Tips, suggestions and assistance with academic writing before your marker sees your assignment - go here for more information.
  • Where? Submit assignments through the Academic Writing and Learning Support Stream course.
  • How often? Each student may submit two assignments per semester.
  • When? Submit your assignment at least three working days before your assignment is due.


Extramural students! Have you heard of Massive magazine? Massive is an independent media platform for Massey University students. A number of extramural students already contribute to Massive but Massive wants more!

By contributing to Massive, you can make sure that your voice is heard. Massive is interested in any student that would like to contribute news stories, feature articles, reviews and a whole lot more. If you are interested in contributing, email the editor at editor@massivemagazine.org.nz.

If you would like to read Massive, you can pick up a copy on all three campuses, like us on Facebook, or read every issue online.

Distance Library Service - we're here to help

Are you looking for resources for your assignments or research topic?

The Library offers online classes in August on finding information, creating a search strategy, using databases beyond Discover and getting started with EndNote. Check the schedule, and register online.

If you can't make the classes, there's also lots of help and information on our website. Check out the How do I find ...? page to get started finding resources and learn about creating a search strategy.

Do you know that you have free access to over 7 million books from 14 other universities through BONUS+?

If the book you need is not held at Massey University Library, or all our copies are on loan, you can request it online from another BONUS+ library. Watch this short demonstration to see how easy it is to request via BONUS+.

We're here to help, so please contact us if you have any questions.

Distance Volunteer Advocates

The Distance Volunteer network is a group of experienced distance students based in regions across New Zealand. The DVAs provide student to student support and are keen to share information on services available and study tips. The DVAs also hold local events to reduce the isolation of distance study and enhance your study experience.

Up-coming Events

Rotorua: 31st July from 4pm. Coffee catch up at The Fat Dog cafe 1161 Arawa St. Come along to meet your local Distance Volunteer, the Distance Advocate and fellow distance students over a free barista coffee, courtesy of the Distance Advocacy services. RSVP to distance.advocacy@musa.org.nz

Auckland: 31st July 10am-11:30 Auckland Botanical Gardens, Logan Campbell Room. Come along to share your study experiences and hear some of the tricks of the trade, while meeting your local Distance Volunteers and Distance Advocate. Network with other distance students over drinks and nibbles in a family friendly environment. RSVP to distance.advocacy@musa.org.nz

To find out more about the DVAs, their contact details and regional Facebook groups click here. No DVA in your region? No worries! We are looking for more members to JOIN THE TEAM. If you're interested in becoming a DVA or would like some more information about the role please email distance.advocacy@musa.org.nz

Hawks Bay post exam get together at "Off the Track."

Social Media

If you have not already come across the Massey University Extramural Community Facebook page, then check it out. With over 2700 members, the page provides a platform to share information, study tips, thoughts, support and encouragement for all Massey University extramural students. Various competitions and services are also uploaded here.

If you want to join or get to know more about the distance student association EXMSS, check out their website.