Free food eclipses Labour on campus

University of Otago students (from left) Sara Elgoran (19), Amber Midgley (19), Labour leader...
University of Otago students (from left) Sara Elgoran (19), Amber Midgley (19), Labour leader Andrew Little, University of Otago student Sam Smith (20) and Dunedin North MP Dr David Clark in the University of Otago Link yesterday. PHOTOS: PETER MCINTOSH
Rokola Lasei (20) kicks a ball around on the Museum Reserve yesterday.
Rokola Lasei (20) kicks a ball around on the Museum Reserve yesterday.
Lucy Edwards (18) tries the battle ropes at the OUSA tent city.
Lucy Edwards (18) tries the battle ropes at the OUSA tent city.
University of Otago second year student Ajay Kumar gets a free trim from Keri O’Connor.
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University of Otago second year student Ajay Kumar gets a free trim from Keri O’Connor.
University of Otago third year student Sam Leota (21) throws popcorn.
University of Otago third year student Sam Leota (21) throws popcorn.
Hundreds of University of Otago students attend tent city on the Museum Reserve yesterday.
Hundreds of University of Otago students attend tent city on the Museum Reserve yesterday.
Students wait for identification cards at the University of Otago yesterday.
Students wait for identification cards at the University of Otago yesterday.

New and returning University of Otago students were too busy eating ice creams and basking in the sunshine yesterday to notice Opposition leader Andrew Little strolling through the Dunedin campus.

Mr Little and his entourage went largely unnoticed by the thousands of students attending the annual Otago University Association's tent city on the Museum Reserve.

Students munched on free food, queued for free haircuts and were handed hundreds of advertising leaflets at the promotion event.

Several Dunedin churches had a notable presence at the event, offering popcorn and ice creams to Dunedin's future academics.

Second-year student Ajay Kumar (19) seized the opportunity to have a free trim.

``It's amazing, I was going to get a haircut today anyway.''

While he partook in Orientation celebrations last year, he believed events favoured the tastes of younger students this year.

``By the time you are second year you are a bit more relaxed so it would be good to have a very chill concert.''

First-year student Piera Neill (18) had just bought a pass so she could attend all the Orientation events.

She was looking forward to ``everything'' but the toga party and a concert by former Dunedin band Six60 were likely to be highlights.

Young Labour member and second-year student Sam Smith (20) was pleased to see Mr Little on campus.

``It's very good getting to see the politicians getting on ground level with students.''

Tent City finishes tomorrow at 4pm

margot.taylor@odt.co.nz

 

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