23 March 2023 at 10:30 am

International students welcomed across New Zealand

It has been a busy, excitement-packed month of education providers and local communities around the country welcoming international students back to their campuses. Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Nelson, and Dunedin shared photos from their student welcome and orientation events.

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Down in Nelson, Mayor Nick Smith hosted a reception for Nelson International School students at his home. 74 students were in attendance and enjoyed the ‘Kiwi barbeque experience’, played ball games, ate ice cream and played in the pool.

In February, hundreds of international students gathered at a University of Auckland orientation event. ENZ’s Student Experience Manager, Ross Crosson, says, “The wait, for many, has been long but there was a very positive vibe in the air.”


In Hamilton, the Wintec | Te Pūkenga International student services team held an interactive event to welcome students on campus. They used a range of activities to create connections amongst the students and to familiarise them with student support services available.


Over in Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington Vice Chancellor Nic Smith took the opportunity to connect with students face-to-face as they were settling into halls of residence.


More than 150 international students from 11 local secondary schools were welcomed into Dunedin at Puketeraki Marae on 8 March. In the event organised by Enterprise Dunedin and Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, the guests spent the morning at the pōwhiri, which was accompanied by pupils from Waitati School kapa haka group, and then enjoyed a kōrero and some kai.

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