Information sheet for the My Culture My Plate study

Kia Ora! Talofa lava! Nǐ Hǎo!
My name is Kim Esau and I’m studying a Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) degree at Massey University, here in Auckland, NZ.

My supervisors (Dr. Marilize Richter, Associate Professor Rozanne Kruger and Compass Manager Laura Mash) and I want to find out more about Māori, Pacific Island and Chinese culture’s food choices and experiences with hospital meals.

We are trying to find out

  • What you think about the current menu at Auckland City, Counties Manukau, North Shore and Wāitakere Hospitals.
  • The kinds of traditional / cultural foods that you like to eat when you are sick.

Volunteering for this study

Help us to improve the cultural profile of our hospital menu here in NZ!

What you will need to do

If you are interested and decide to join us, then you will need to:

  • fill out an online survey
  • if you are willing, to come and  join us at a small focus group meeting to talk about the cultural foods you would like on the Hospital menu.

If you are asked to attend a small focus group meeting, you will:

  • qualify for a $20 voucher for travel costs
  • receive free tea, coffee and snacks at the meeting!

The information from this project will be used for research purposes only. All of the data collected will be safely stored by Massey University and will be kept confidential and anonymous. Only your email address will be used to contact you to schedule a group session and to send you the results of this study.

Who can participate?

Anyone that:

  • is older than 18 years
  • are of either Māori, Pasifika or Chinese ethnicity
  • has been admitted to hospital within the last year.

We warmly invite you to join us in this exciting project and help us try to make change our hospital menu for the better!

Your rights

If you decide to join this project, you have the right to:

  • ask any questions at any time (about this study)
  • withdraw from the study at any time
  • give information knowing that your name will not be used in any of the results
  • a summary of the main findings will be sent to you at the end of the study, if you would like to see it.

Thank you!

This project has been evaluated by peer review and judged to be low risk. Consequently, it has not been reviewed by one of the University’s Human Ethics Committees. The researcher(s) named above are responsible for the ethical conduct of this research. If you have any concerns about the conduct of this research that you wish to raise with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact A/Prof Tracy Riley, Acting Director, Research Ethics, telephone 06 356 9099 x 84408, email

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this project.

Kim Esau
Facebook: My Culture My Plate

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