New Academic Year Gets Under Way at NorthTec

29 February 2016

New Academic Year Gets Under Way at NorthTec

New students at NorthTec have enjoyed a range of activities for Orientation Week, with the first semester of the academic year kicking off.

The main Raumanga campus came to life last week (Monday 22 February) with classes getting under way and students being welcomed.

Raumanga students began their week on Monday with a pōwhiri at the NorthTec marae. They were officially welcomed on their new educational journey before taking part in campus tours.

NorthTec’s international students put on some lunchtime entertainment including music and dancing on Tuesday, to mark the end of Chinese New Year celebrations.

Wednesday was market day, with community groups and providers setting up stalls, to a background of music and a barbecue lunch.

On Thursday lunchtime groups of students got together for an “Amazing Race” which saw them exploring the campus, with prizes on offer for the fastest teams to complete a range of tasks, including styling hair at NorthTec’s hair and beauty salon and dressing in scrubs and measuring blood pressure in the nursing department. The week was rounded off with a social evening at a town centre venue.

New learners at the Kerikeri campus were welcomed with a haka powhiri, with Dargaville and Kaiwaka-based students starting their classes on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. For students at NorthTec’s smaller learning centres in Kaitaia, Rawene and Kaikohe, and the Future Trades campus in Whangarei, the semester kicked off with a formal welcome followed by refreshments and campus tours the previous week (Monday 15 February).

Huhana Lyndon, Director Learner Support, said: “It’s great to see so many new faces around the region, starting their tertiary education with us. This week is an opportunity for them to familiarise themselves with our campuses and learning centres, and find out about the support services available to them. We also welcome all our returning students for another academic year.”