O Week under way

Students MaryAnn Kuiti, left, and Chantelle Westrupp celebrate after winning meal vouchers for correctly providing the Maori names for Bluff and Invercargill.
Students MaryAnn Kuiti, left, and Chantelle Westrupp celebrate after winning meal vouchers for correctly providing the Maori names for Bluff and Invercargill.
Michelle Watson (left)  and Selina Elkington help themselves to the hangi during the final day of SIT O Week.
Michelle Watson (left) and Selina Elkington help themselves to the hangi during the final day of SIT O Week.
Students Hamo Dell and Warena Brown, both 20, feast on the hangi during the final day of SIT O Week.
Students Hamo Dell and Warena Brown, both 20, feast on the hangi during the final day of SIT O Week.
SIT's Got Talent winner Christian Chien, 21, struts his stuff for the crowd at O Week (left), while finalist Rhajiv Mammari, 26, performs the Aerosmith ballad ‘‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’’
SIT's Got Talent winner Christian Chien, 21, struts his stuff for the crowd at O Week (left), while finalist Rhajiv Mammari, 26, performs the Aerosmith ballad ‘‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’’
From right, Marcia Teau-Thomson, Ben Hormann and Ray Thomson try out the hangi during the final day of SIT O Week.
From right, Marcia Teau-Thomson, Ben Hormann and Ray Thomson try out the hangi during the final day of SIT O Week.
Blaine Boyt, 19, Jorge Harding, 18, and Jono Batchelor, 18, search for clues during the Great Invercargill Landmark Race.
Blaine Boyt, 19, Jorge Harding, 18, and Jono Batchelor, 18, search for clues during the Great Invercargill Landmark Race.
LEFT: Members of the CIB team, from left, Kate Andries, Awhi Mataira and Logan Cullen race towards the museum in the Great Invercargill Landmark Race. RIGHT: 
SIT's got talent competitor Christian Chien, 21,shows off his moves during the second round of talent quest heats.
LEFT: Members of the CIB team, from left, Kate Andries, Awhi Mataira and Logan Cullen race towards the museum in the Great Invercargill Landmark Race. RIGHT: SIT's got talent competitor Christian Chien, 21,shows off his moves during the second round of talent quest heats.
The Truth, from left, Jorge Harding, 18, Jono Batchelor, 18, and Blaine Boyt, 19, celebrate after winning the Great Invercargill Landmark Race.
The Truth, from left, Jorge Harding, 18, Jono Batchelor, 18, and Blaine Boyt, 19, celebrate after winning the Great Invercargill Landmark Race.
Members of the Lions team, fomr left, Munish Monga, Bharat Surydevara and Karan Sidhu leap off the mark in the Great Invercargill Landmark Race.
Members of the Lions team, fomr left, Munish Monga, Bharat Surydevara and Karan Sidhu leap off the mark in the Great Invercargill Landmark Race.
Munish Monga, Ishandeep Thekler and Matt Iving test their limits on Sport Southland cycles.
Munish Monga, Ishandeep Thekler and Matt Iving test their limits on Sport Southland cycles.
SIT students take in the atmosphere at the Tay St campus.
SIT students take in the atmosphere at the Tay St campus.
LEFT:  Logan Cullen mulls over the final challenge in the Great Invercargill Landmark Race. RIGHT: Denis Muir covers the SIT race with his camera mounted in a remote-controlled helicopter.
LEFT: Logan Cullen mulls over the final challenge in the Great Invercargill Landmark Race. RIGHT: Denis Muir covers the SIT race with his camera mounted in a remote-controlled helicopter.
Steel Player Jhaniele Fowler playing in a fun game at SIT O Week against SIT
Steel Player Jhaniele Fowler playing in a fun game at SIT O Week against SIT
Philip Taylor and Steph Russell, of Westpac, cooking lunch for the students a SIT O Week.
Philip Taylor and Steph Russell, of Westpac, cooking lunch for the students a SIT O Week.
Organiser Daniel Raniera Tawaroa chats with the crowd during SIT O-Week today.
Organiser Daniel Raniera Tawaroa chats with the crowd during SIT O-Week today.
Students relaxing between events at SIT O Week.
Students relaxing between events at SIT O Week.
Student Cain Duff, 22, performs during the SIT's Got Talent competition.
Student Cain Duff, 22, performs during the SIT's Got Talent competition.
Emerald MacGill, left, and Glenn Bodger entertain the crowd during SIT O Week today.
Emerald MacGill, left, and Glenn Bodger entertain the crowd during SIT O Week today.
Mussel patty judges Wini Solomon, left, and Riki Cherringon, right, are watched by contestant Alesha Fraser, 23, who came second.
Mussel patty judges Wini Solomon, left, and Riki Cherringon, right, are watched by contestant Alesha Fraser, 23, who came second.
Commerce student Becky Tytler,18, enjoys her free noodle lunch during SIT O Week today.
Commerce student Becky Tytler,18, enjoys her free noodle lunch during SIT O Week today.
Byron Curtis enjoys a free sausage at O-week with Keira-El Curtis, aged 11 months.
Byron Curtis enjoys a free sausage at O-week with Keira-El Curtis, aged 11 months.
Junior Nagluafe, left, Bradley Gibson, and Diane Holden compete in the baked bean eating competition.
Junior Nagluafe, left, Bradley Gibson, and Diane Holden compete in the baked bean eating competition.
Musician David Sheppard entertains the crowd at SIT orientation.
Musician David Sheppard entertains the crowd at SIT orientation.
Students, from left, Bryony Harrison, 18, Jess Morrow, 17, Hannah Jenkins, 20, and Sally McKenzie, 18, relax during SIT O-week events.
Students, from left, Bryony Harrison, 18, Jess Morrow, 17, Hannah Jenkins, 20, and Sally McKenzie, 18, relax during SIT O-week events.
Rebecca Paterson, 18, competes in the O-week watermelon eating contest.
Rebecca Paterson, 18, competes in the O-week watermelon eating contest.
Students Zijin Jiang, 22, front, and Eleven Cui, 28, line up for free sausages from Steph Russell during SIT O-week festivities.
Students Zijin Jiang, 22, front, and Eleven Cui, 28, line up for free sausages from Steph Russell during SIT O-week festivities.
SIT students, from left, Lenon Wakuna, Hannah-Lisa Tasmania, Eileen Gioh and Ellenie Jean at the start of O Week celebrations in Invercargill today.
SIT students, from left, Lenon Wakuna, Hannah-Lisa Tasmania, Eileen Gioh and Ellenie Jean at the start of O Week celebrations in Invercargill today.
Nikhil Rajan, from India, introduces himself to Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.
Nikhil Rajan, from India, introduces himself to Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.
Westpac's Murray Heath, left, kept busy handing out sausages from their barbeque to a long line of students, from right, Raphael Ngahooro, Jonathan Chapman and Mathew Stenning.
Westpac's Murray Heath, left, kept busy handing out sausages from their barbeque to a long line of students, from right, Raphael Ngahooro, Jonathan Chapman and Mathew Stenning.
Rowing 1000m on the YMCA rowing machines are Luke Brown, left, and Harley Harris-McRae, at the start of O Week in Invercargill today.
Rowing 1000m on the YMCA rowing machines are Luke Brown, left, and Harley Harris-McRae, at the start of O Week in Invercargill today.

A traditional powhiri has opened the 2013 O Week at the Southern Institute of Technology, in Invercargill.

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt extended a warm welcome this morning to the international students who had contributed to Invercargill being "on the cutting edge of multicultural society".

Hundreds of students and staff gathered at the Tay St campus for the opening speeches and market day with information booths and activity stalls.

Casey Howat, Nadine Young and Penny Edmonds try their hand at ring-throwing at Splash Palace in Invercargill on the first day of Southern Institute of Technology O Week.
Casey Howat, Nadine Young and Penny Edmonds try their hand at ring-throwing at Splash Palace in Invercargill on the first day of Southern Institute of Technology O Week.

The welcome by Mayor Shadbolt, SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds and Waihopai Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu representative Marcia Te Au-Thomson was extended to students and staff before activities kick off tomorrow at 11am.

The O Week programme will continue through the week between noon and 1.30 at the Tay St campus and the Tauira Tautoko Centre in Forth St.

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