29 March 2017
International students welcomed to Wellington
Kimonos, lavalavas and kaftans formed a sea of colour as more than 500 students from around the world gathered together for this year’s official Wellington international student welcome event.
Proceedings began with a rousing Kapa Haka performance from Whitirea performing arts students. This was followed by a warm welcome from Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester, who reflected fondly on his time as an international student in both Germany and Japan.
After the formalities, there were lots of fun activities, including giant games, a national dress competition, poi making and the opportunity to take photos in booths or with a life-sized Gandalf.
Local tertiary education providers and tertiary student ambassadors were on-hand to answer questions.
Chinese International student, Raymond Chen, said he loved the event and was enjoying life as a Year 12 student at Scots College.
“We are like brothers at Scots College. And my homestay family in Miramar make me part of their family. We do all sorts of things like going to their friends’ house or camping. I really enjoy being with them.”
Education New Zealand is one of a number of agencies the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency is working with on the multi-year Wellington International Student Growth Programme (WISGP).