Mayor welcomes first-years with some sage advice

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull welcomes University of Otago first-year students to Dunedin at a ceremony...
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull welcomes University of Otago first-year students to Dunedin at a ceremony at Forsyth Barr Stadium last night. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull yesterday urged about 4000 first-year University of Otago students to behave as if they were standing outside their parents' house.

Speaking during a convocation ceremony at the Forsyth Barr Stadium last night, Ngai Tahu kaumatua Edward Ellison and Mr Cull welcomed the students to the city.

Mr Cull added that students - most of them coming from outside Dunedin and Otago - were not regarded as "strangers'' simply passing through.

They were a highly valued and "hugely important'' part of Dunedin's population, in all respects, "and not just economically''.

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy also welcomed the students, and said study at Otago University would give them a "toolbox'' of ideas and would greatly broaden their horizons.

University music student Lani Alo, accompanying himself on guitar, won a standing ovation with a powerful rendition of the Michael Jackson hit Man in the Mirror.

Vice-chancellor Harlene Hayne challenged students to "make great memories'' in an "amazing'' university community, and also to speak up if they saw poor behaviour or anyone being treated unfairly.

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

Dave Cull says are a highly valued and "hugely important'' part of Dunedin's population, in all...
Dave Cull says are a highly valued and "hugely important'' part of Dunedin's population, in all respects, "and not just economically''. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON

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