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Massey student wins thesis challenge

Hannah Young receives her prizes from 3MT judge, Dr Gavin Ellis.


Master's student Hannah Young has been crowned the winner of the inaugural Three-Minute Thesis Master's Inter-University Challenge.

The ultimate "elevator pitch", the 3MT Competition is run in universities worldwide, giving students just 180 seconds to explain their thesis.

The 24-year-old’s thesis, The Phenomenology of Near-Death Experiences in Northland Māori of New Zealand aims to shed light on the dramatic experiences from a Māori perspective.

Ms Young says, “Around one in five people have been affected by near death experiences.

“A vast majority of the research has been carried out on European populations, meaning there are very few accounts from indigenous cultures.”

Ms Young, who also took out the People’s Choice award, says she couldn’t have won the competition without the huge support from her supervisor Natasha Tassell-Matamua, and Massey staff. “They really came to the party, and I am so grateful to them all for the help and support over the past few months.”

The School of Psychology student is currently interviewing six Māori participants, to try and establish if there are any similarities between near-death experiences across Māori and European cultures.

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