Many nationalities come to SIT O-Week

20:04, Feb 18 2013
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Rowing 1000m on the YMCA rowing machines are Luke Brown, left, and Harley Harris-McRae, at the start of O Week in Invercargill today.
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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.
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Nikhil Rajan, from India, introduces himself to Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.
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SIT students, from left, Lenon Wakuna, Hannah-Lisa Tasmania, Eileen Gioh and Ellenie Jean at the start of O Week celebrations in Invercargill today.
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Students Zijin Jiang, 22, front, and Eleven Cui, 28, line up for free sausages from Steph Russell during SIT O-week festivities.
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Rebecca Paterson, 18, competes in the O-week watermelon eating contest.
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Students, from left, Bryony Harrison, 18, Jess Morrow, 17, Hannah Jenkins, 20, and Sally McKenzie, 18, relax during SIT O-week events.
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Musician David Sheppard entertains the crowd at SIT orientation.
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Junior Nagluafe, left, Bradley Gibson, and Diane Holden compete in the baked bean eating competition.
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Byron Curtis enjoys a free sausage at O-week with Keira-El Curtis, aged 11 months.
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Steel Player Jhaniele Fowler playing in a fun game at SIT O Week against SIT
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Philip Taylor and Steph Russell, of Westpac, cooking lunch for the students a SIT O Week.
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Organiser Daniel Raniera Tawaroa chats with the crowd during SIT O-Week today.
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Students relaxing between events at SIT O Week.
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Student Cain Duff, 22, performs during the SIT's Got Talent competition.
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Emerald MacGill, left, and Glenn Bodger entertain the crowd during SIT O Week today.
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Mussel patty judges Wini Solomon, left, and Riki Cherringon, right, are watched by contestant Alesha Fraser, 23, who came second.
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Commerce student Becky Tytler,18, enjoys her free noodle lunch during SIT O Week today.
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Members of the Lions team, fomr left, Munish Monga, Bharat Surydevara and Karan Sidhu leap off the mark in the Great Invercargill Landmark Race.
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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.
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The Truth, from left, Jorge Harding, 18, Jono Batchelor, 18, and Blaine Boyt, 19, celebrate after winning the Great Invercargill Landmark Race.
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Munish Monga, Ishandeep Thekler and Matt Iving test their limits on Sport Southland cycles.
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SIT students take in the atmosphere at the Tay St campus.
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Blaine Boyt, 19, Jorge Harding, 18, and Jono Batchelor, 18, search for clues during the Great Invercargill Landmark Race.
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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.
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From right, Marcia Teau-Thomson, Ben Hormann and Ray Thomson try out the hangi during the final day of SIT O Week.
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Michelle Watson (left) and Selina Elkington help themselves to the hangi during the final day of SIT O Week.
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Students Hamo Dell and Warena Brown, both 20, feast on the hangi during the final day of SIT O Week.
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Students MaryAnn Kuiti, left, and Chantelle Westrupp celebrate after winning meal vouchers for correctly providing the Maori names for Bluff and Invercargill.
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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.’’

The Southern Institute of Technology had put Invercargill on the cutting edge of a multicultural society, Mayor Tim Shadbolt said at the opening of the 2013 Orientation "O-Week" yesterday.

When SIT began 41 years ago, a census showed there were only four Chinese and two Indians in Invercargill - a marked change from this month when the SIT campus was alive with activity until 2am for the anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence day, he said.

Michael Li, one of the hundreds of students gathered for the O-Week opening, said he came from Beijing to Invercargill in 2011 to study architectural technology.

Mayor Tim Shadbolt greets Nikhil Rajan
WELCOME: Mayor Tim Shadbolt greets Nikhil Rajan, from India, at the Southern Institute of Technology powhiri and speeches to mark the beginning of the O-Week celebrations on Monday.

He agreed that Invercargill was a multicultural city, with plenty to offer at SIT in the way of sports he enjoyed like table tennis.

Mr Li said he wanted to stay in New Zealand when his degree was finished but he thought he might go to Christchurch next year.

Year 2 sport and exercise student Angus Swartz said he would have gone to the United States if is was not for SIT's zero fees scheme.

Originally from Wellington, Mr Swartz said another draw to the city was the low cost of living and, as a competitive cyclist, the velodrome.

O-Week activities continue until Friday. Festivities at the Tay St campus today begin at noon and include an obstacle course, a "Fear Factor" food competition, a tug of war, gumboot throwing, "dig for the pig", Weet-Bix eat off, music and barbecue.

gwyneth.hyndman@stl.co.nz

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