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Welcoming students to the OPAIC whanau

13 August, 2021
News and events

We’re excited to welcome another new cohort of students to the OPAIC whanau this week.

Today’s on-campus Orientation began with an introduction from our ICT, Facilities & Customer Services Manager, Sonny Teio.

Sonny spoke about our incorporation of tikanga Māori at OPAIC. He opened with a pepeha (introduction), which was followed by a karakia (prayer), and a waiata (song).

Next, Deputy Chief Executive, Gagan Sachdeva, welcomed students. He spoke about the unusual and challenging times we are living in, acknowledging the extra pressures faced by international students.

He encouraged our domestic and international students to reach out and support each other.

Gagan spoke about the importance of positivity. He said they should try to keep reminding themselves that they are living in a safe and beautiful country which has set examples for the world.

While many would be worried about friends and family around the world, they could take solace in knowing their loved ones back home did not need to worry about their safety here in New Zealand.

He thanked students for making OPAIC part of their life journey and said our team of staff are committed to their success.

Students were introduced to members of our academic and support teams during this morning’s sessions. Today’s activities also include a campus tour, employability and IT inductions, and an academic orientation.

We also have a number of new students joining us online from their home countries this Study Block. They were welcomed during their own online Orientation event yesterday.