Otago University Students' Association president Francisco
Hernandez (left) and events and communications manager Dan
Hendra reflect on a successful O-Week. Photo by Gregor
This year's O-Week is being hailed as a massive success,
with fewer student injuries and behavioural problems than in
The week also included the largest O-Week event ever
organised by Otago University Students' Association (OUSA),
with more than 5500 people going to see Macklemore at Forsyth
Barr Stadium on Thursday.
Dunedin area acting tactical response manager Senior Sergeant
Jason Guthrie said the events organised by OUSA went
''extremely well, with the level of student behaviour
''Beyond these organised events, there is, however, still an
impact on the city, with large numbers of people out and
about drinking alcohol.
''However ...despite the large numbers of people in town and
at events this week, behaviour has been generally good,'' Snr
Sgt Guthrie said.
He said police had done a significant amount of planning and
liaison with the student community before O-Week.
Medical directorate acting medical director Dr Brendon Rae,
who oversees the Dunedin Hospital emergency department, said
the last week had been busy, but most presentations were not
Only a ''really small'' number of admissions - possibly as
low as 3% - during the week were alcohol-related, Dr Rae
He said there had been an improvement over past years, which
he attributed to a ''change in culture at educational
institutions, halls of residents and students'
OUSA events and communications manager Dan Hendra, who was
feeling a ''bit jaded'' after a busy week, said Orientation
had been a fantastic success, with ''nothing major'' going
The fact the Macklemore gig went off without a hitch showed
OUSA could hold even larger events in future and students
could definitely look forward to more big acts, Mr Hendra
OUSA president Francisco Hernandez said he had been ''crazy
busy'' throughout the week, but was ''very happy'' with how
the week went.
''I didn't even get to attend any of the gigs we put on,
except as part of the safety team.''
Asked if he felt he was missing out, he said: ''Not really.
At the end of the day, it's about serving the students and I
have had my time at Orientation when I was a first-year.''
University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said
the week had been a pleasure.
''We have had a wonderful week. I have been to almost all of
the events and it's been a pleasure to welcome thousands of
our students and their families to Otago.''
She said there was less disruptive behaviour than last year.
''The generally good outcome is testament to collaborative
work done by the university and OUSA.
''Most importantly, the positive and responsible actions and
attitude of thousands of our new and returning students have
made all the difference in the world,'' she said.