Tent City stays packed away

Covid-19 restrictions have forced the cancellation or postponement of some Orientation Week events, including Tent City.

Otago University Students’ Association chief executive Debbie Downs said OUSA had made the "hard decision" not to host Tent City because of the Covid traffic-light system and the need for checking vaccine passports.

The popular three-day event, usually held on the Otago Museum reserve, has previously featured more than 60 stalls, showcasing activities available at the university and in Dunedin, as well as career options.

OUSA had been in touch with sponsors which attended Tent City and had suggested other ways for them to engage with students at ticketed events over the week.

Other changes to the week, which begins February 21, were the postponement of Clubs Day to later in the term, and the Food Truck Festival would replace the usual International Food Festival.

Ticketed events such as concerts and the Toga Party for first-year students would continue as planned because they were in a controlled area, and vaccine passes could be checked at the door.

OUSA also announced its musical line-up, which includes such bands as Netsky, Sub Focus, K Motions, and Broods.




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