The University of Otago's latest student Orientation Week was
''the envy of all the other New Zealand universities'',
vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said yesterday.
And the level of antisocial behaviour by Otago students had
been ''very, very low'' during the period, Prof Hayne told
yesterday's University Council meeting.
She congratulated the Otago University Students' Association
and its president, Francisco Hernandez, on the high standard
of O-Week. The Forsyth Barr Stadium, used this year for
orientation activities for the second time, had proved a fine
venue, enabling all 5000 first-year students to gather in one
place for the orientation welcome. The first-year students
had enjoyed gathering with their peers.
The generally good overall behaviour reflected the fact Otago
University students were, in large part, ''an outstanding
group of young people''.
She predicted the Otago University Orientation Week programme
would become ''even more of a hallmark as time goes on''. Mr
Hernandez said in an interview that this year's O-Week had
been ''very successful'' and ''the best in the country''.
This view had been strongly supported by comments from other
students' associations elsewhere in the country, he said. The
Otago association had achieved a major coup in attracting the
highly popular international hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan
A positive relationship with the university, strong community
support and a big effort by paid association staff and many
student volunteers had contributed to the success.