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Waikato University and WSU orientation kicks off on 24 Feb

Waikato University and WSU orientation kicks off on 24 February

It’s that time of year again with new and returning students about to take part in the orientation programme at the University of Waikato.

The orientation event begins on 24 February with the Academic Orientation including faculty orientation and tours. On Wednesday 26 February, a pōwhiri at the University’s Te Kohinga Mārama Marae on campus will be held 10am to mark the beginning of the academic year. On Thursday 27 February at 2.30pm, international students head off on an Amazing Race event around the campus.

To celebrate the University’s 50th and staff will put on red t-shirts and form a number 50 on the grass which will be photographed from above.

From Sunday 2 March the Waikato Students’ Union begins its ORI2014 programme with the annual pool party to kick off a week that includes bands, performances, comedians, bodypainting, the meat pie mile, a movie on the Village Green, prize giveaways, Zombie Zumba and a mini-Olympics.

A major highlight of the festivities will be the Clubs Day on Wednesday 5 March where over 40 student clubs will showcase a diverse range of interests, including languages and culture, sports and hobbies, politics and academic pursuits.

Finally, on Saturday 8 March the University and WSU will jointly host their first family day targeting students with young families and including a picnic, a magician and some games and giveaways.

Group Manager Student Experience and Administration Mary-Jane Waddington says students come to Waikato for more than just an education, they come for the full student experience.

“O-week plays an essential part in student life, particularly for new students undertaking study for the first time. The University prides itself on the pastoral care it provides, ensuring students feel welcome on the campus, which will be their home for the near future.”

To learn more about the Waikato Students’ Union ORI2014, visit


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