O' Week kicks off with campus welcomes

Massey University Student Association president Nikita Skipper welcomes new students and their parents.

First-year students and some of their parents were welcomed onto two of the three Massey University campuses today.

At Manawatū, Orientation Week kicked off on the concourse at 10am with welcomes from representatives from the local iwi Rangitāne, Lorraine Himiona and Manu Kawana, Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith, Massey's Assistant Vice-Chancellor Operations International and University Registrar Stuart Morriss, and Massey University Students Association president Nikita Skipper.

Mr Smith described Palmerston North as “a university city, not a city hosting a university” and he spoke of the range of activities the region has to offer students, from the Te Apiti gorge walk and watching the Manawatu Turbos to the number of art galleries and festivals the city hosts. Mr Morriss urged students to make the most of the many opportunities to participate in the university and wider community.

At Manawatū, a range of events organised for the new students will finish with an attempt to break the world record for simultaneous gumboot throwing at 2pm on Friday beside the Recreation Centre on Orchard Rd. Everyone is welcome to join in and gumboots are provided for those who do not have them.

At Wellington, new and returning students were welcomed back with a waiata by campus staff on the lawn outside Tussock Cafe. Campus registrar Deanna Riach spoke, along with Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and Pasifika Dr Selwyn Katene and the regional director for the campus Associate Professor Robin Peace.

Dr Peace reiterated comments made earlier by Massey at Wellington Students' Association president Tom Pringle, that students should feel free to ask for help around the campus as it encouraged dialogue with staff and was part of openly engaging with the campus environment and all of its academic as well as social benefits.

Regional director for the Wellington campus Associate Professor Robin Peace addresses new and returning students.

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