Time to get ready for SIT O Week

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 17/02/2014
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Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust O Week co-ordinator Vicky Rabbidge tests out one of the activities – taping your friends to a wall – planned for the Southern Institute of Technology orientation this week.

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Students will be bucked on bulls, stuck to walls, asked to eat awful foods and more when Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Orientation Week celebrations are held this week.

Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust is again organising the annual event to welcome students to the polytechnic at the start of the study year.

Trust O week co-ordinator Vicky Rabbidge said several attractions had been added to this year's festivities, including a mechanical bull. Organisers would offer prizes to entice students to brave the bucking beast, which would be found around the Tay St campus.

Evening activities, including movies and a quiz night, and quirky games like sticking friends to a wall with duct tape are also planned.

The food fear factor challenge, where students chow down unusual meals at speed to win prizes, returns to this year's event, and Ms Rabbidge suggested students prepare for the challenge ahead of time.

"It's definitely yummier this year - not. They need to get some lining in there."

For those who did not fancy the fear factor food, student support group Red Frogs would be offering free pancakes and free van rides home in the evenings.

Other activities scheduled for the week include barbecues, pizza and a hangi, a talent quest and a have-a-go buskers contest, and a market day providing students with everything from budget advice to waste management tips, Ms Rabbidge said. "There's going to be a lot happening."

The SIT O Week begins today with a powhiri at 11am and events run at the Tay St and Downtown campuses until Friday.

To see what's on in O Week go to the Southern Institute of Technology Facebook page.

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