Celebrations take a rural turn

Student Tharaka Vishvanath tests his skill on the mechanical bull during the Southern Institute of Technology's O Week 2014.
Student Tharaka Vishvanath tests his skill on the mechanical bull during the Southern Institute of Technology's O Week 2014.
Student Dheeraj Bhaik has a go at the gumboot-throwing contest during the Southern Institute of Technology's O Week 2014.
Student Dheeraj Bhaik has a go at the gumboot-throwing contest during the Southern Institute of Technology's O Week 2014.
Kuldeep Singh tries his luck at the gumboot-throwing contest at SIT O Week 2014.
Kuldeep Singh tries his luck at the gumboot-throwing contest at SIT O Week 2014.
The Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
The Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
The Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
The Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
The Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
The Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
The Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
The Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Hannah James competing in the L&P Pavloa Eat Off at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Hannah James competing in the L&P Pavloa Eat Off at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Danielle Walker racing to finish her pavlova at the L&P Pavloa Eat Off at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Danielle Walker racing to finish her pavlova at the L&P Pavloa Eat Off at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Danielle Walker celebrating with her prize after winning the L&P Pavloa Eat Off at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Danielle Walker celebrating with her prize after winning the L&P Pavloa Eat Off at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Stag Willis Halaholo competing in the L&P Pavloa Eat Off at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Stag Willis Halaholo competing in the L&P Pavloa Eat Off at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Southland Times reporter Brittany Pickett and Southland Stag Taylor Adams joining in on the four-legged race at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Southland Times reporter Brittany Pickett and Southland Stag Taylor Adams joining in on the four-legged race at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Sunday Langford during the Dig for the Duck competition at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Sunday Langford during the Dig for the Duck competition at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Sarah Utsch, Louise Konz, Candy Wang and Kowhai Waihaki frying the mussel patties they made at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Sarah Utsch, Louise Konz, Candy Wang and Kowhai Waihaki frying the mussel patties they made at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Samantha Colvin, Danielle Rogers and Ebony Cleaver compete in a tug-of-war competition at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Samantha Colvin, Danielle Rogers and Ebony Cleaver compete in a tug-of-war competition at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Lisa Mackie, Jhacki Thompson and Johnny Deepak compete in a tug-of-war competition at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Lisa Mackie, Jhacki Thompson and Johnny Deepak compete in a tug-of-war competition at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Alison Blair, Sharna Adolphe and Rachel Rajwer attempt to win a tug-of-war competition at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Alison Blair, Sharna Adolphe and Rachel Rajwer attempt to win a tug-of-war competition at the Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week 2014.
Samuel Herring competes in the ZM Burger King Eat Off, where participants had to eat three Whoppa burgers in the fastest time. The competition was part of Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week and first day of celebrations at the Tay St campus.
Samuel Herring competes in the ZM Burger King Eat Off, where participants had to eat three Whoppa burgers in the fastest time. The competition was part of Southern Institute of Technology’s O Week and first day of celebrations at the Tay St campus.
Frances Thompson, left,  as a maid, Leeana Boyd as a King and Brent Marinkovich as the butler during SIT O Week celebrations.
Frances Thompson, left, as a maid, Leeana Boyd as a King and Brent Marinkovich as the butler during SIT O Week celebrations.
Pictured on day one of SIT O Week 2014 getting their free sausages from Murray Heath on the Westpac barbecue are, from left, Jomy Joseph, Tharaka Liyanapathirana, Rajesh Bhavard and Jeffrey Tan.
Pictured on day one of SIT O Week 2014 getting their free sausages from Murray Heath on the Westpac barbecue are, from left, Jomy Joseph, Tharaka Liyanapathirana, Rajesh Bhavard and Jeffrey Tan.
SIT CEO Penny Simmonds with student Rowan Underhay on day one of SIT's 2014 O Week celebrations.
SIT CEO Penny Simmonds with student Rowan Underhay on day one of SIT's 2014 O Week celebrations.
Teina Wilmshurst, left, of Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu charitable trust Quit Smoking, and Marcia Te Au-Thomson with the healthy snack food options to help those giving up smoking. They were at SIT to mark the start of this year's O Week.
Teina Wilmshurst, left, of Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu charitable trust Quit Smoking, and Marcia Te Au-Thomson with the healthy snack food options to help those giving up smoking. They were at SIT to mark the start of this year's O Week.
Student Steph Grange gets a pikelet from Jordan Wyatt and Jenny Stone, of the Invercargill Vegan Society at SIT during day one of this year's O Week.
Student Steph Grange gets a pikelet from Jordan Wyatt and Jenny Stone, of the Invercargill Vegan Society at SIT during day one of this year's O Week.
The powhiri on day one of SIT's 2014 O Week celebrations.
The powhiri on day one of SIT's 2014 O Week celebrations.
Students arrive for the powhiri to mark the start of SIT's 2014 O Week celebrations.
Students arrive for the powhiri to mark the start of SIT's 2014 O Week celebrations.

Students are soaking up the sun as the Southern Institute of Technology O week continues into day four.

The festivities have taken an agricultural turn today, with students trying their luck in a gumboot-throwing contest and braving a mechanical bull.

The annual talent quest also continues this afternoon, ahead of the final showdown tomorrow.

The orientation events, organised by the Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust, wrap up tomorrow with the Feast of Middle Earth, a free hangi for students and faculty.

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