Fun, food, welcome

SIT O Week 2014

HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 14:13 18/02/2014

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Southern Institute of Technology students were welcomed with a formal powhiri yesterday before braving the rain for a market day at the Tay St campus in Invercargill.

Everyone who spoke during the welcoming ceremony encouraged hard work from the students, and said the students at SIT would be treated as family.

Invercargill Deputy Mayor Darren Ludlow apologised for Mayor Tim Shadbolt's absence, but said new students would not miss out on a chance to meet him as he was often spotted around campus and Invercargill.

"And he's quite used to being photobombed." Mr Ludlow said.

The market day had informative stalls from many organisations, ranging from banks and political parties to health services.

The free sausage sizzle was popular, with students braving the rain to line up for a free feed.

Competitors in the ZM Burger King Eat Off began their three Whopper race with smiles and good intentions, but halfway through many were struggling and smiles were replaced by grimaces.

Winner Andrew Malcolm was rewarded with a movie pass and Burger King voucher, but said he would "wait a while" before spending it.

A student attending SIT for the first time, Bodene MacDonald, was not sure what to think of O Week celebrations.

"I'm looking forward to starting my course though," she said.

Returning students and friends Marcus James and Jacob Brew were both enthusiastic about O Week. "I'm really looking forward to trying out the mechanical bull," Mr Brew said.

Mr James was just keen on the sausage sizzle.

O Week continues today with players from the Southland Stags rugby team at the main campus from noon, with plenty of competitions and activities planned with the players.

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