First taste for many

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.

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.

The Southland Times