Ahoy mateys! A scavenger hunt, then Rome

23:00, Feb 23 2014
Toga party
TOGA TIME: Massey University students on the cenotaph in The Square around midnight on Saturday night.

By day they were scavengers but by night Palmerston North's newest university students were Roman.

Two contrasting events were held in the central city on Saturday as part of Orientation Week.

During the day teams of students new to the city took part in a scavenger hunt planned as a way of helping them familiarise themselves with Palmerston North.

Massey international student support officer Sue Flynn said the event informed students of where services and businesses they might need were located, including the Main St bus terminal, the i-Site, the city library, Te Manawa and the Housing Advice Centre.

The treasure hunt also helped students make new friends by mixing up people from various nationalities, Mrs Flynn said.

Massey's International Student Support Team has held the treasure hunt before but this year it opened it up to domestic students as well.


Among the challenges included in the treasure hunt was the need to get a photo with pirate and juggler Johnny Cool in The Square.

Taking the photos was Massey student guide Lauren Gram, who said an event like this was not an option when she started her four-year degree in resource and environmental planning.

Now in her final year, Miss Gram said the event helped the students orient themselves with Palmerston North and followed a similar event held on Massey's Turitea campus last week.

Getting familiarised with the city's night life later on Saturday were students attending the toga party at The Royal.

A staple of the events organised by Massey University Students' Association for O Week, the toga party has traditionally been held on the Turitea campus, but on Saturday it was held at the central city pub. As a result, the CBD was awash in the wee hours with toga-clad students.

Police reported few issues with student behaviour on the first weekend of Orientation Week, though they were called to a couple of large parties in and around Ada St.

Other MUSA Orientation Week activities planned include a comedy show, a performance by hypnotist Grant Boddington and the Blackout Party on Thursday at The Royal featuring metallers 8 Foot Sativa.

On Saturday night Palmerston North muso Benny Tipene will perform at The Royal - a day after the release of his debut EP Toulouse.

Manawatu Standard