Thu 5 Mar 2020

O-Week our biggest yet

WITT’s Orientation pōwhiri on Monday saw around 600 students filling campus paepae Te Piere, with new students spilling into the courtyards in what was the biggest Orientation day in memory.

As the first event of semester one’s Orientation Week, the pōwhiri served as an official welcome to new and returning students. Student activities, free food and giveaways all followed the formalities before students met their tutors and took their first classes for the year.

“The first day of study can be daunting for anyone, so we try and make it a bit of fun,” said WITT Marketing Manager Natalie Warren. “It’s important to create an environment where people can get to know the campus and their new classmates, right from day one.

“Everyone got into the spirit of O-Week at lunchtime with free burgers and ice cream, a bit of music and lots of games, prizes and giveaways.”

WITT’s O-Week also included an Orientation day at its campus in Hāwera on Tuesday, with South Taranaki Mayor Phil Nixon and members of Ngati Ruanui iwi joining WITT in welcoming students with a pōwhiri.

The week continued with a hugely successful Market Day on Wednesday, and a lunchtime gig on Thursday with popular Taranaki band The Blistered Fingers playing to the crowd on campus.

“Market Day is a great opportunity for local businesses, services and organisations to come along to share what they’re about and how they’re relevant to our students,” Natalie said.

“Giveaways and student discounts are always a big drawcard, but learning more about services like the Taranaki Retreat, CCS Disability Action and Supporting Families Taranaki is really beneficial.”

Even though O-Week is underway, Natalie said the message to anyone considering study is that it’s not too late to enrol.

“We are still getting consistent enrolments through this week,” she said.

“Whether you want to jump into full-time study or you're looking for something more flexible to fit around your lifestyle, it’s not too late to get started.

“Stand-alone courses, online programmes and part-time study options are all available to help learners upskill in a way that works for them.”

To enrol or find out more about a course, check out the study options at or phone 0800 948 896.