The Political Science Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMU-K), with the assistance of the University’s Division of International Studies & Programs, is pleased to introduce its Pacific Studies Program 2015 - a collaborative initiative between A&M-Kingsville and the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. The Pacific Studies Program (PSP) is being co-directed by Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Professor of Political Science, TAMU-K and Dr. Elaine Webster, Director, Summer School and Continuing Education, University of Otago. The PSP will include graduate and undergraduate students traveling to and staying in New Zealand in July of 2015, attending classes at the University of Otago, and visiting multiple sites through field trips in the greater Otago region. Areas of focus include history, politics, economics, culture, sustainability and environmental policies, etc., with reference to both the greater Pacific region and New Zealand. You are all invited to cyber travel with us as we learn about the uniqueness of New Zealand and the surrounding region. This blog will document our experience. You are welcome to post comments.

Hoggies NZ Slideshow

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Kiwi Farmers’ Market

Colorful fruits, robust coffee, minced lamb pies and street music are examples of what you’ll experience at Dunedin’s weekly farmers’ market. All food items are organic. Located next to Dunedin’s train station, the farmer’s market is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. The morning of our visit was cold, but that did not keep us from showing up. People of all ages were buying boysenberry jams, picking the perfect crabapples for jams, and savoring steaming hot cinnamon porridge. Sausages, goat cheeses, bacon butties (a kind of sandwich), local wines and pizza were some of the featured foods. We met very kind, nice people - some well known throughout the area- who were generous enough to offer cooking help to us (more details about that in another post). At the entrance, you are greeted by a small folk band. Children were holding hands and dancing around them. At every corner there were young people with guitars, etc singing hits ranging from Ed Sheeran to Coldplay. We were amazed at the vibrancy of the Market. After visiting every booth twice, making friends, and enjoying our fill of free samples, we decided to return to our flats for some cooking and mingling amongst ourselves and our new friend, Rob Merino! 

--Tiffany T.

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