Massey University students have been treated to free massages, cupcakes and condoms in an effort to provide the strung-out among them some stress relief.
Held by Palmerston North's Massey University Students' Association (MUSA), the inaugural Hauora Festival yesterday enticed students into relaxing with a variety of free activities, food and hugs.
MUSA club development officer Gemma Lindegren said the aim of the event was to give back to students in a way that made them feel better, and relieved them from the stresses of study.
About 500 students went though the festival, set up in the MUSA Lounge, snatching up the 200 free mini cupcakes and 200 free sausages in short order.
Massages, weaving, balloon creations and hugs from university mascot Fergus the ram were on hand, as were free sexual health tests.
The tests, for sexually transmitted infections, could be taken by the students themselves in the toilets, and they would get the results in three to four days.
For taking the test, students were given a free takeaway drinks cup and noodles.
Third year accountancy student James Sefton, 26, was a little late and missed out on the free food, but said he was more stressed about finding a job than his studies.
For its first time, Lindegren said she thought the event had gone well, and she expected it would continue to grow in size and popularity.
- Manawatu Standard
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