"My name is Hanareia and I am a returning summer student this year! I am from a little town on the East Coast called Ruatōrea and I am of Ngāti Uepōhatu, Ngāti Porou and Te Atiawa decent. I have just completed a BSc/BA conjoint majoring in Biological Studies, Māori Studies and Writing Studies at The University of Auckland.
The aim of my project is to identify how Plant & Food Research can engage and communicate with Māori kiwifruit growers to create positive and productive relationships. This is hugely important as the New Zealand kiwifruit industry bounces back from the impacts of Psa (pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidae) and the growth of the Māori economy continues to grow. There are many benefits of this project for the end-users and the organisation, and hopefully this will lead to greater understanding and improvements in the current engagement.
This summer I am looking forward to the experience of networking with staff across the country and broadening my horizons in connecting Māori to scientific knowledge and innovation. The summer studentship programme is an awesome opportunity and really lets you dig into what you are passionate about."