First taste for many

SIT O Week celebrations wrap up

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 15:28 22/02/2013

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Some international students had their first taste of hangi during the final day of the Southern Institute of Technology O Week today.

The hangi, holding enough food for 300 people, was laid out on tables in the Tay St campus quad, where students and staff helped themselves to pumpkin, potatoes, stuffing, and masses of meat.

Student Miggie Lu, 23, said today’s lunch had been her first hangi, and she especially enjoyed the vegetables.

The free sausage sizzle continued alongside the hangi and Westpac staff, who manned the barbecue, said they had cooked more than 1500 sausages for the student crowd.

Dancer and drama student Christian Chien, 21, won first place in the SIT’s Got Talent competition with his medley of cult dances, including moves from Thriller, Gangnam Style and the Harlem Shake.

Initially reluctant to perform, Mr Chien said he had been pressured to enter the contest by a friend, and took home $200 for winning, which he planned to save.

He invited the audience to do the Harlem Shake with him as he performed his encore victory dance.

Fashion student Lemon Wakuwa, 22, who joined Mr Chien’s dance, said the talent quest had been her favourite part of the week, and she had been inspired to enter next year with a mix of Beyonce and traditional dancing from her birth country, Zimbabwe.

National MP Eric Roy and Southland Stags players were also on campus for the final day of orientation.

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