The Allan Wilson Centre is inviting expats to two evening events at NZ House in London on 16 and 17 June. Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith from University of Otago is collecting 200 DNA samples from willing contributors to complete her 2000-sample study of the ancient ancestry of New Zealanders. Sir Anand Satyanand, Sir David Skegg and Mr Rau Kirikiri are leading the mission, and Professors Hamish Spencer and Russell Gray will also be presenting at these special events.
The evening will begin with a presentation about the journeys of modern humans out of Africa and what we know about their dispersal across the Pacific and into Aotearoa/ New Zealand - the last stop on the great human journey.
New Zealanders willing to contribute their DNA to the sample must be over 18 and hold a current New Zealand passport. You are welcome to bring a partner or guest, however they must also have a current New Zealand passport.
Guests will register for sampling on arrival. Drinks and nibbles will be served.
The 17 June event is invite only at this stage, but anyone with a current NZ passport may apply to attend the 16 June function by emailing 16JuneDNAevent@massey.ac.nz Places are strictly limited to 100 so RSVP essential.