Toga time!

Thousands of students have turned out to celebrate the start of the tertiary year at the popular toga party in Dunedin.

About 3000 are taking part in the annual event at Forsyth Barr Stadium tonight as part O-Week.

The party officially started at 8pm with students dressed elaborately in homemade togas made from sheets and vines, as well as wings and tinsel.

A big crowd waits to get into Forsyth Barr Stadium. Photo: Linda Robertson
A big crowd waits to get into Forsyth Barr Stadium. Photo: Linda Robertson

Sam Coleman (18) said he expected the party to be “pretty raucous” and there was much chanting in the queue - most of it directed at Arana College.

Another student Blessie Tioa (18), of Auckland, said O-Week was a great way to get to meet people “especially if you’re from somewhere else”. 

George Parker, a resident at Unicol who hailed from Kakanui, said he was “pretty excited” about the party and had met a lot of new people. 

From left: Brooke Lawry of Otautau, Susan Whyte, of Tapanui, Emma Roberts, of Greymouth, Kiata...
From left: Brooke Lawry of Otautau, Susan Whyte, of Tapanui, Emma Roberts, of Greymouth, Kiata Mori, of Papua New Guinea and Arielle Filippi, of Wellington (all aged 18). Photo: Linda Robertson
Police, college volunteers, red frog staff and Are You OK volunteers were also at the event among students waiting to get into the stadium.

Vice-chancellor Harlene Hayne and staff from the university’s communications team were also present, as well as some academic staff.

Keeping everyone entertained were New Zealand-based DJ/Production duo Sweet Mix Kids, Times x Two and Lacuna.

 

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