Luke Pickering (20) pours milk for Philippa Cochrane (20),
watched by (clockwise from left) Holly Arrowsmith (19), Tui
Greer (20), Tessa Raindrop (21), Chloe Wium (20), Briar
Stewart (22), Olivia Van der Veen (19), Gabi Wright (20),
Hayley Oliver (19), both obscured, Alex McLean (20),
Georgia Hawkins (19), Norm Smyth (20) and Kieran O'Connor
(20). Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Long lunches are nothing new. But Otago University
students are getting behind a long lunch in Castle St next
month to help raise awareness of World Vision.
Three hundred students are expected to take part in the long
lunch on September 14 where flat occupants in Castle St,
known in the past for its often out-of-control parties, will
pull out tables and chairs to enjoy a two-hour lunch
Organiser Philippa Cochrane, of 620B Castle St, said the
lunch was not about having a party. It was to enjoy the
afternoon as a student community and raise awareness of a
''We are definitely not promoting alcohol at all, but it is
fine to bring a drink along for lunch,'' she said.
''It's about the Castle St family coming together.''
Miss Cochrane had applied to the Dunedin City Council for a
two-hour street closure and had discussed her plans with
university proctor Simon Thompson.
Mr Thompson was positive about the event and had given Miss
Cochrane some advice this week, a university spokeswoman
Miss Cochrane said she would visit each flat in the street
and a toss of the coin would decide the budget for the meal.
Heads, the flatmates could spend whatever amount they chose;
tails, only $2.25 per person could be spent.
The $2.25 was what many would live on during World Vision's
Live Below the Line five-day challenge, which starts on
''It's a famine or a feast.''
Miss Cochrane hoped some of those taking part in the long
lunch would take part in the challenge.