New Academic Year Off to Great Start at NorthTec

20 February 2015

New Academic Year Off to Great Start at NorthTec

More than two thousand tertiary students have got off to a great start with a host of activities forming this year’s Orientation Week at NorthTec.

With most programmes officially getting under way this week (Monday 16 February), campuses all over the region have been buzzing with students and staff.

At the main campus in Raumanga, Whangarei, students began their week on Monday with a powhiri at the NorthTec marae, to officially welcome them on their new educational journey. This was followed by a campus tour.

Tuesday saw students enjoying a market day, with a free sausage sizzle, giveaways, stalls by NorthTec and various community groups, and music provided by Mai FM.

On Wednesday there was a chance to enjoy live music from local soul star, Ben Ratima, at NorthTec’s newly-branded Apprentice café. The café is now being operated by staff from the hospitality programme, giving their students the opportunity to hone their skills by preparing and serving food in a “real” setting.

Thursday evening was movies night at the campus Interactive Learning Centre, while Friday will see a student happy hour at a Whangarei bar. The week will be rounded off with a car boot sale on Saturday morning.

For students at NorthTec’s smaller learning centres in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Rawene and Kaikohe, the week kicked off with a whakatau for students and their whānau, followed by a barbecue and campus tours.

Huhana Seve, Director of Learning Support, said: “We welcome all our new and returning students to NorthTec and we hope they have really enjoyed the orientation activities so far. This week is a chance for students to get to know the campus and find out all about the services available to them, to give them the best opportunity to succeed in their studies.”

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