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New arrivals experience Māori culture

17 October 2018

Our newest students have had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Māori culture during this week’s orientation.

ICT and Facilities Manager Sonny Teio welcomed the new students with a traditional Māori introduction, or a mihi. He then invited staff to join him in a Māori song, or waiata.

Chief Executive Gagan Sachdeva encouraged the new students, who have come from 14 different countries, to greet each other with the Māori term kia ora.

Mr Sachdeva welcomed the new arrivals on behalf of all of OPAIC’s staff.

“Our job is to make sure that we create opportunities for you to develop your capabilities so you can achieve your goals and aspirations.”

He spoke about his own journey to New Zealand, told the students about the lessons he had learned, and gave them tips for thriving in their new country.

Executive Director: Academic Alex McKegg talked to the students about the school’s experiential approach to learning.

She said students would be supported to build, not just their knowledge and technical skills, but also their other capabilities such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity.

Yesterday’s session also included information about the services, facilities, and support available to students.

 The Asian Network Incorporated and New Zealand Police then spoke to students about wellbeing and keeping safe.

Yesterday afternoon, students had the opportunity to experience a Māori Cultural Performance, before joining staff on a guided city tour.

The first day of orientation activities took place at the Maritime Museum. For the rest of the week students will be on campus learning more about their programmes and lecturers. They’ll also attend guest presentations and employability workshops.

About 150 new students are joining the OPAIC family this study block.

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