O-Week organisers hope the ''good vibe'' and relatively
incident-free nature of the week continues this weekend.
The University of Otago, police and Otago University
Students' Association yesterday all praised the behaviour of
students throughout the week.
Vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said yesterday afternoon
the week had so far gone ''extremely well''.
''Having thousands of young energetic people together to
celebrate the start of their year in Dunedin has its clear
risks and I am pleased to report that the week has gone
''The students have joined in the spirit of having a fun time
and shown just how considerate and caring they are,'' Prof
She also said Dunedin had done a ''great job'' of welcoming
the students back, and the university was looking forward to
a ''productive and happy year''.
Speaking yesterday morning, OUSA events and communications
manager Dan Hendra said the week had gone well so far.
''The week has been fantastic so far, with the weather
holding off, and the [Forsyth Barr Stadium] makes everything
a lot smoother,'' Mr Hendra said.
Ticket sales had been strong. About 3000 had gone to the toga
party, 4000 to 4500 to the live filming of 7 Days and about
6000 were expected to go to Six60 last night.
That was more than the turnout at Macklemore last year, when
the numbers were capped at 5500.
OUSA president Ruby Sycamore-Smith said yesterday morning she
had been pleased with behaviour at stadium events so far.
''Behaviour has been good. There definitely still are people
that are intoxicated, but the support staff have been there
to deal with that as best they can, which has been really
This support included people from the ''Are You OK'' crew,
Red Frogs and for the first time, Water Warriors - who gave
out water to concert-goers.
The new liquor laws had meant some people not being let into
stadium events because they were intoxicated or had been
Ms Sycamore-Smith hoped the good behaviour continued
throughout the weekend.
The lack of couch fires throughout the week was another
''Hopefully, people are getting the point their place at the
university is at risk and also that it's dangerous.''
Dunedin area response manager Senior Sergeant Darryl
Lennane was pleased with behaviour during the week.
''Apart from a couple of isolated events, Orientation Week
has gone smoothly with the majority of people who've been
attending events enjoying themselves safely and without
getting involved in any illegal behaviour.
''Campus Watch has been doing a great job throughout the
week,'' Snr Sgt Lennane said.
Noon-3pm: International Food Festival - museum
7.30pm: Highlanders v Blues - Forsyth Barr