Food technology

Palmerston North food technology graduate Mario Wang is looking for a job

Mario Wang introduces himself to potential employers. Video / Judith Lacy

Mario Wang loves to tinker in the kitchen and he hopes that this passion will allow him to find the job of his dreams.

The 26-year-old is looking for a job in food innovation or product development.

He works as a laboratory assistant at Massey AgriFood Digital Lab in Palmerston North on a causal contract.

Originally from the coastal province of Jiangsu in China, he came to New Zealand in 2017 to study English at the Albany campus of Massey University. In 2018 he moved to Palmerston North to study here, where he earned a Masters in Food Technology with Distinction. His thesis focused on 3D food printing technology. “There were a lot of challenges, but I like to create something new. “

This pleasure extends to the kitchen of his apartment, where he experiments with ingredients from other cultures. It will add coconut milk, curry and even tomato sauce to traditional Chinese dishes to create something new.

“For me, cooking isn’t just a daily task. Instead, I like to create new dishes in the kitchen, using the food technology knowledge I learned in college.”

When studying, Wang didn’t have much time to cook, so he learned to be creative by preparing convenient and tasty dishes, often based on chickpeas or pasta.

He studied food science in China and heard that New Zealand has good food science classes and beautiful landscapes. He saw some of the landscapes he had heard about and last summer he picked cherries in central Otago.

Mario Wang, a resident of Palmerston North, is seeking employment in food innovation or product development.  Photo / Judith Lacy
Mario Wang, a resident of Palmerston North, is seeking employment in food innovation or product development. Photo / Judith Lacy

He had studied English since the age of 5 and wanted to come to an English-speaking country. New Zealand has relatively low tuition fees compared to Australia and the United States, he says.

Ten years ago, Wang spent three weeks in Canada at a summer camp – the only chance as far as New Zealand to have the opportunity to communicate with native speakers.

He appreciates Palmy’s calm environment and doesn’t find it boring, making the most of the fun cultural events that provide him with learning opportunities. “I think Palmerston North is quite nice and also a multicultural city.”

Wang says New Zealand’s education system is quite different from China’s, with Kiwi students needing to be more independent and teachers encouraging critical thinking. At first he found it difficult to understand speakers, but by attending events and talking to people in English his understanding improved. In addition, he does volunteer work for the Massey University Students Association and the International Postgraduate and Mature Students Club.

He also sought advice from people who had previously studied here. Members of the Manawatū Skilled Migrant Network helped him understand Kiwi culture and the importance of networking.

Wang describes himself as an outgoing person who can easily talk to other people. Her post-study work visa expires in October 2023.

• If you can suggest work for Wang in his area of ​​choice, email [email protected] or find him on LinkedIn under Tianxiao (Mario) Wang.