Last Friday, we had a small celebration of the opening of our newly renovated space in the basement (B50-B52) of building 301 for the PAL and Physics of Rocks (PORO) lab. Members of the labs showcased their research to guests that included our Dean and Deputy Dean of Science (Professors John Hosking and Jim Metson, respectively) as well as Professor Paul Kench, Head of School of Environment. Discussions spanning research on the state of the Alpine Fault, resonating ice cores, medical imaging, all the way to testing the ripeness of fruit from apple quakes made for a successful afternoon, and we hope this event showed our appreciation for the hard work of all the people who made our labs a reality.