O Week under way

Welcome marks start of programme

Last updated 12:08 18/02/2013
O Week, day 1
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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.

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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.

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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