Dunedin City Mayor Dave Cull welcomes University of Otago students for the 2014 academic year. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Join a club, try a new sport or explore the city by bus and
remember not to do anything you would not do at home.
That was the advice to thousands of first-year University of
Otago students from Dunedin City Mayor Dave Cull and
University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne last
The pair and Otago University Students' Association president
Ruby Sycamore-Smith officially welcomed the students at an
event at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Mr Cull told students to make Dunedin their home, not just a
temporary place to study, and as a result they would find the
city would get into their blood.
''You'll leave here ... with an enormous sense of belonging
and affection for this place.''
While they were here, there were an extraordinary range of
recreational and cultural activities within the city limits
to get involved in, he said.
''It's a great way to make new connections.''
While enjoying those activities, it was important to treat
the city with the same sense of responsibility as they did
their home towns.
''Anyone who thinks they can treat Dunedin like a drunken
sailor in a foreign country and take no responsibility, then
they've come to the wrong place.''
Prof Hayne echoed the warning, urging students to ''treat it
like your home'' and take advantage of the wonderful things
the city had to offer.
''Never do anything here you would not do at home.''
She also told students to take a moment to reflect on how
lucky they were to receive such an education and on the
obligation that brought to not only be the best student they
could be, but the best citizen as well.
Ms Sycamore-Smith said this was the year memories were made
and the students' association was there to help all students.
''Make the most of it.''