You can't handle The Truth

SIT first-years bag the cash in orientation race

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 22/02/2013
O Week 2013
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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.
Truth Team
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VICTORY: Jorge Harding, Jono Batchelor and Blaine Boyt celebrate after winning the Great Invercargill Landmark Race.

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Students scrambled across the city in pursuit of cold hard cash as part of Southern Institute of Technology O-Week yesterday.

On the penultimate day of orientation events, three teams raced around town in the Great Invercargill Landmark Race, inspired by the TV show, The Amazing Race.

Followed by a camera mounted in a remote-controlled helicopter, students collected clues and puzzle pieces, braved water balloons, and completed challenges to tour Invercargill landmarks, competing to be the first team back to SIT.

Clues were hidden at the water tower, the museum, the public library, and around the SIT campus.

The Truth team, consisting of Jono Batchelor, 18, Blaine Boyt, 19, and Jorge Harding, 18, made it to the finish line first about an hour after starting, winning $100.

Logan Cullen, of the CIB team, said the race had been a lot of fun, although a slight mixup at one of the checkpoints had cost them the lead.

More heats of the SIT's Got Talent competition continued yesterday afternoon, and Sport Southland was on campus with bicycles to test athletic ability.

Official O-week events wind up today with a lunchtime hangi for more than 300 students.

lauren.hayes@stl.co.nz

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