Thu 21 Feb 2013

Starting the Year with a Bang

WITT comes alive for another year on Monday March 4 and once again students can look forward to an Orientation Week with a difference!

There’s something for everyone during the first few frenetic days of the new academic year, starting with the powhiri put on by WITT’s Te Wananga Maori Department at 9am on Monday.

Livewire event co-ordinator Veronica Andrews, from WITT’s marketing department, says it’s all about getting involved.

“Students are welcome to attend. In fact we’d love it if all of the students were there,’’ she says.

 “After the powhiri there’s free morning tea provided for everyone and by 10am students will make  their way to their first class of the year. There are plenty of people in the cafeteria who can help if anyone is unsure of where to go.’’

And that’s the whole point about Orientation Week. It’s a blend of celebrations, fun and information; everything anyone needs to know about the WITT and the campus is readily available.

 Each department also has their own specific orientation programme as well, Veronica says, “just so they can find out the ins and outs of their programmes.’’

The fun starts at lunchtime on Monday.  “We’re having a carnival theme and there is a free barbecue, ice creams and some fun activities and information stalls between 12 noon and 1pm.’’

At Tuesday lunchtime the cafeteria comes alive from 12-1pm with a  “speed friendship’ innovation .

“It’s a bit like speed dating without the dating,’’ laughs Veronica. “It’s just an opportunity for students to get to know other students on campus. It’s all about friendship, - and at the same time we’ve got some great prizes on offer.’’

Orientation finishes with a bang on Friday night, March 8 with ‘A Night on the Town’, from 4pm-10pm at the Mayfair Bar & Café in New Plymouth.

“The WITT community, family and friends are all invited to join staff for drinks, nibbles, some fun games including a pub quiz.

“Then there is  some  great live music provided by The Dirty Kings.  Best of all It’s free for all WITT students, their partners and the community, everyone’s invited.’’