“I wanted to get richer experiences in an English-speaking country. When I searched for places to study, I was impressed by New Zealand’s natural beauty. I could also find a research topic that completely suited my interests.”

Meet Marie Moinet

Marie came from France to New Zealand to study a PhD programme in wildlife epidemiology. She completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in France and a Master of Science by distance learning before going abroad to continue her study.

“I wanted to get richer experiences in an English-speaking country. When I searched for places to study, I was impressed by New Zealand’s natural beauty. I could also find a research topic that completely suited my interests.”

That decision brought Marie to Palmerston North City where she enrolled in a Massey University PhD programme.

Besides the busy life of a researcher, Marie has plenty of leisure activities.

“I can find an easygoing life in Palmerston North. It is not too big, no traffic jams here, so there are plenty of peaceful spaces to enjoy. I frequently hang out in town with other Massey PhD students. I can also drive to surrounding natural areas to go tramping or admire a sunset on the beach. Sometimes, going into town for a concert or a movie is ideal to relax and release pressure.

She says she can achieve a balance between her hobbies and study.

Marie loves the many events held at the city’s library, as well as the festivals happening during the year.

“One of the things I find lovely in Palmy is the street-coordinators, who tell us what’s happening. The one in my street is very active and helpful, so I can easily get information about activities.”

Marie believes Kiwis are warm, open to foreigners and willing to help new residents. That has helped her start a new life in Palmy and integrate into Kiwi culture without any real challenges.

She hopes to secure residency and work in New Zealand after finishing her study.

“I want to apply the findings of my research to protect not only the wildlife environment but also people in New Zealand.”

Marie Moinet PhD student at Massey University

Marie Moinet, Massey University Vetinary Science PhD student

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