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International Student Welcome

Each year we celebrate the arrival of international students in Wellington with a fun afternoon of activities to introduce you to New Zealand culture and start your academic year on an exciting note.

Over 400 International Students welcomed to Wellington

To mark their first semester of study in Wellington, over 400 international students were welcomed to Wellington in early March 2019 in a classically Kiwi fashion.

A spine-tingling performance by the Te Kapa haka o Pukehuia group kicked off the celebrations and gave students an opportunity to enjoy a traditional Māori welcome for the first time.

After an official welcome by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, students learnt how to poi and perform a haka.

They also grabbed the chance to take photos in a uniquely Wellington photo booth, cuddle adorable puppies from the SPCA, kick a ball at a giant inflatable target to win prizes and learn more about some of Wellington’s highly-regarded tertiary institutions.

WREDA’s Talent, Skills and Education Manager Brook Pannell says the annual International Student Welcome is an important event for Wellington.

“We want to make sure all our new students feel welcomed as they begin their studies in the coolest little capital in the world.

“Thank you to all the students, teachers, exhibitors and volunteers who came along and made this an extra-special welcome for our international students,” says Brook.