Our latest batch of students are getting to know all about OPAIC and New Zealand during their orientation activities this week.
They met senior staff during a day of talks and activities at the Maritime Room yesterday.
IT and Facilities Manager Sonny Teio taught the students some Māori terms related to OPAIC and spoke about his Cook Island heritage.
He talked about his ancestors who navigated the South Pacific by waka.
“For them to do that – it takes vision, it takes discipline, it takes determination, it takes focus. It takes an attitude that never gives up,” he said.
He urged the new students to show the same sort of determination and never give up during their journey at OPAIC.
Executive Director: Academic Alex McKegg told the group staff looked forward to encouraging and supporting them on their journey of learning and discovery.
She said our academic and professional staff come from diverse backgrounds and have a wealth of knowledge and industry experience.
Our world-class campus has been set up with the vision of developing New Zealand’s most employable international graduates, and students are at heart of that philosophy.
Alex encouraged students to take charge, connect and be curious.
The first day of orientation also included talks from Southern Cross Insurance, and New Zealand Police and a Māori cultural performance.
Today students are completing an academic orientation. Tomorrow will include an employability afternoon, where students will get to attend a series of workshops and meet alumni and recruiters.