Open day to suit all tastes
If you've never been to university, now's your chance.
The doors at the University of Waikato will be open on Saturday when it hosts its first community open day as part of its 50th celebrations.
And activities to suit all tastes will be on offer.
Garon the Wizard will cast a freezing spell and whip up a cauldron of fire, and sports fans can try South East Asian sport Sepak Tackaw or kick volleyball.
Dame Malvina Major will feature in a music staff showcase, and there will be storytelling through the body sessions for kids and adults.
A series of talks and workshops will cover topics from understanding your dog to workplace stress, and a taste of French to the Rena shipwreck.
The open day was a great way to get people on campus to see first-hand what the university offered, Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford said.
''We are a university that is for the community and often the public don't realise that our doors are always open to them,'' Crawford said. ''We expect that the day will inform, enlighten and entertain people, and hopefully we'll see much more of the community at our other public events throughout the year.''
The university made a significant impact and contribution to the local economy, he said.
''We are the third largest employer in Waikato with more than 2,000 staff, and we generate nearly $1 billion for the Waikato region each year with $280 million of that being from student expenditure.''
For open day the university campus will be sectioned off into hubs of various themes, including knowledge and innovation, performing arts, sports and recreation, and alumni and history.
A variety of activities, interactive exhibits and demonstrations will be on show, and mini lectures and tours around the campus will also be available.Community open day is Saturday 17 May, 11am-4pm.