Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

FMHS-PGSA events

Social events

FMHS-PGSA welcomes all the FMHS postgraduate students to our monthly events. It’s a great way to relax and catch up with other postgraduate students over some free food and drinks.

Every event has an exciting new theme such as: quiz nights, Halloween party, scavenger hunts, Playdoh Picasso... the list goes on! Be sure to check out the photos of past events below or on the FMHS-PGSA Facebook page and feel free to tag yourselves.

Keep an eye out for our next event on our FMHS-PGSA Facebook page. Come along with your fellow postgrads and we will see you there!


Monthly PhD Student Morning Teas:

Once a month we get together for free biscuits, tea & coffee for a chat about our PhD journeys with other PhD students.

This opens up a chance to share your challenges and triumphs with your fellow students and catch up with fellow students and friends at the FMHS. All FMHS PhD students are welcome to attend.

Watch out for monthly emails advising the day and time to come along. Bring a mug!

Workshops and Seasonal Academic Style Morning Teas :

During the year the FMHS-PGSA hosts a number of workshops and morning teas where speakers are invited to help upskill students and to discuss issues directly related to postgraduate students at the FMHS. For example a past topic was "Career paths in academia, how the big guns got there". All postgraduate students and staff welcome. For more information keep an eye out for FMHS-PGSA emails about the academic morning teas and workshops. Downloadable files from previous presentations are below.


Past events:

  1. » 2009
  2. » 2008
  3. » 2007
  4. » 2006




16th October 2009
Student Study Room

Pub Quiz


Mariokart Wii Challenge

August 2009
Student Study Room

29th May 2009
Student Study Room


The Challenge Cup was up for grabs, with departments taking each other on in a battle of the Wii controller. Delicious sushi sponsored by Nunc.
 Congratulations to the Department of Medicine for winning the Cup.

Late Easter Festivities


24th April 2009
Student Study Room

Our very own Easter bunny! With sponsoring from Roche, students enjoyed the late easter  festivities with the return of hot pizzas, drinks and chocolate eggs.

Chocolate Fountain Day


27th March 2009
Student Study Room

Our most anticipated annual chocolate fountain is back! With Merck as our sponsor, we welcomed the "innocent noobs" and "not-so-innocent wise" students as well as staff with free food and drinks.

International Polar Bear Day


27th Febrary 2009
Auckland Domain

Our polar bear mascot went missing! But that didn't stop the postgrads (and some over-enthusiastic undergrads) from winning movie tickets and of course - ice cream! Thanks to Global Science for their generosity!

Ice-cream in the Park


30th January 2009
Auckland Domain

Big thanks to Sigma-Aldrich for saving our postgraduate students from the heat with cold ice-cream on a hot summer day!! Some of us ignored the heat and played softball/soccer; while some started a water fight!



Amazing Race Challenge


21st November 2008
Outhwaite Park, Carlton Gore Road

The final challenge of 2008. Despite a slight hiccup with the route and having to do impromtu relays instead, the Bone lab emerged as the challenge winner (again!) It was a sunny afternoon with the BBQ waiting for participants+spectators at the start/finish line.



17th October 2008
Student Common Room

We present to you a mini-Oktoberfest right here in med school! Thanks to BioRad for their meat platters from authentic german butchery! Great feedback.

Asian Food Festival


19th September 2008
Student Common Room

We celebrated the end of the 2008 Beijing Olympics with our famous Asian Food Festival! A big thank you to our sponsor, In Vitro Technologies, for their sushi platter! There was a wide variety of food - from shrimp dumplings, spring rolls to egg roll, moon cake and onion ring snacks. A huge turnout!

Cranium 2 Challenge Cup


15th August 2008
Student Common Room

Cranium is back! This year 6 teams battled it out and Biomed Honours chamption team proved to everyone that they may still be in the transition year but they have the brains of postgraduates! A big welcome to the CMHSE team, first time entrants!



25th July 2008
Student Common Room

The return of our MADSCI 2008 congregation! Summer studentships were advertised and eager undergraduates were given the opportunity to ask postgrads about their research lives. All the students kept up with the tradition - finishing 50 pizzas in one go!

June Winter Warmer


27th June 2008
Student Common Room

This winter has been raining cats and dogs... hail, lightning/thunder, flooding, mini-tornado - what else? We drowned our cold miseries out with hot food like tacos, chips, sausage rolls, pies and most importantly - the alcoholic beverages and hot chocolate!

Wii Tennis Challenge Cup


23rd May 2008
Student Common Room

Congratulations to the 2008 virtual tennis champion... Department of Anatomy with Radiology!! All the alcohol and pizzas disappeared within minutes, and everyone showed off their tennis skills on the Nintendo Wii console.

Celebrating Kiwiana


24th April 2008
Student Common Room

Pavlova, hokey pokey ice cream, ANZAC biscuits, L&P, pineapple lumps etc! What better way to celebrate Kiwiana life by having famous NZ food!

Extending Easter


28th March 2008
Student Common Room

Our first social function of 2008! We welcomed everyone back with our famous chocolate fountain! Congratulations to Jie for winning the raffle!



Petanque Challenge Cup +
Xmas BBQ Party


23rd November 2007
Outhwaite Park

We had tons of fun playing petanque on a sunny afternoon! The Department of Medicine (Bone lab), the defending champions, again defeated 7 other teams and took the Challenge Cup home!!

Halloween Party


19th October 2007
Manaakitia Room

Heaps of lollies and chips and alcohol! Everyone agreed that Cherrie's scaaaaaaaary makeup/costume/poses deserved the grand prize! Prizes also went to Melanie and Rex for their poses.

International Food Festival


14th September 2007
Manaakitia Room

A lot of effort went into preparing our 1st International Food Festival (thanks to Deepa and Naomi). The foods spanned 5 continents, ranging from Chinese Moon cake and homemade Japanese sushi, to Italian antipasto and South African Koek sisters. The multicultural atmosphere was heightened with music and displays from around the world.

AGM + Winter Challenge Cup
(Wine, Beer and Cheese
Tasting Competition)


17th August 2007
Manaakitia Room
After a brief report from our President and Treasurer on the year's progress, we had an exciting Challenge Cup where 9 teams from different departments fought it out to see who could distinguish the most white wines, red wines, beers and cheeses. The finals saw a close battle between MMP and Medicine to see who could distinguish between coke, diet coke, coke zero, pepsi and caffeine-free diet coke. Medicine proved to be the best team on the day. Congratulations!!




20th July 2007
Manaakitia Room

There was a great turnout, from postgrads and undergrads alike! Undergrad students had the chance to ask about postgrad life, and also some supervisors were available to discuss summer studentship/Honours/Masters opportunities. The 45 pizzas we ordered disappeared almost instantly! The enthusiasm of this new generation is to be commended, and their eagerness for free food makes them ideal PhD candidates!

Queen's Birthday Party


1st June 2007
Manaakitia Room

Everyone brought their mugs along to enjoy some traditional tea and baked scones! To suit our British theme, we even provided fish fingers and hot chips. Of course the usual beer, wine and nibbles go without saying.

Autumn Challenge Cup-
Thinking on your feet
(Impromptu presentations) 


11th May 2007
Manaakitia Room
Departments got their teams together again for the triannual Challenge Cup. Each member of a team took a turn at giving a brief talk about a slide they had never seen before, while each team had to stick to their designated theme, no matter how random the slide was. They were also judged on humour,originality and flow. We are very grateful for the members of the city-PGSA Board who came to be judges to avoid bias. In the end, Anatomy took the Cup home for the 2nd time in a row!

More photos.

Post-Easter drinks


19th April 2007
Manaakitia Room

Easter eggs, sausage rolls, wine and beer for everyone!! Congratulations to Ally from Ophthalmology and Colin from Anatomy for winning the spot prizes for being the best-dressed bunnies!!

1st Friday Postgraduate
Forum 2007


30th March 2007
Manaakitia Room

A relaxing Friday afternoon with free wine, beer and sausage rolls!! Thanks to everyone who gave feedback and suggestions for future events!

Function 2007


16th March 2007
Manaakitia Room

A great turnout from new and "not so new" postgrad students. Everyone enjoyed the free snacks and drinks, and of course, the CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN!!

Download more photos
(4.2 MB, PDF)


Xmas BBQ + Summer
Challenge Cup (Crazy


22nd November 2006
Outhwaite Park

Challenge cup winners: Anatomy with Radiology

Download more photos
(4.7 MB, PDF)