Chinese New Year - it's Year of the Horse

19:16, Jan 30 2014
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YEAR OF THE HORSE: Kent Want and Yolanda Lian at Southern Institute of Technology Chinese New Year celebrations yesterday.

Kent Wang, left, and Yolanda Lian welcome in the Year of the Horse during Southern Institute of Technology Chinese New Year celebrations yesterday.

Today marks the official Chinese New Year, but the polytechnic was decked out in Chinese flags, decorations and balloons yesterday for festivities organised by the Invercargill Chinese Scholars and Students' Association.

Guests were treated to a buffet lunch, traditional Chinese sketches and dramatic performances and a speech by Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.

SIT international marketing manager Michelle Zhao said the celebrations were a way of welcoming Chinese students, as well as an opportunity to share another culture with Southland students.

At present, there were about 300 Chinese students studying at the polytechnic, and the number was growing, she said.

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