Staff and students prepare to lift the cooked food from the hāngī.


Scientists gather for end of year feast


Guests gather at the College of Sciences at the Manawatu campus.

A group of about 60 guests including Māori science graduates enjoyed an end-of-year hāngī prepared by local kaumātua, students and staff.

An array of meats and vegetables was combined with potatoes grown by staff and students and cooked in the hāngī. Other kai included tuna (eels), mussels, salads and desserts.

Organised by College of Sciences’ Dr Nick Roskruge and research assistant Turi McFarlane earlier this month at the Manawatu campus, the hāngī was held to bring current students, graduates and staff together. The bi-annual event is part of a tradition started by Dr Roskruge about 10 years ago.

Dr Roskruge says this year’s hāngī was more formal than in previous years. “The purpose was to facilitate greater connections and involvement between Māori science alumni and current Māori students,” he says. “It was also an opportunity to get together and discuss possibilities for future events and get more students and graduates involved.

“It was great to see the links being made between current and past students, especially as there are not many Māori science graduates in general.”

Dr Roskruge says a number of activities are in the pipeline to provide opportunities for students and graduates to share their experiences.

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