A powhiri on 23 February for new students and staff formally opened Lincoln University’s academic year. The powhiri was held in front of Ivey Hall and speakers for the tangata whenua included Vice-Chancellor Dr Andrew West and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Communities, Professor Hirini Matunga. Speakers for the manuhiri included Te Marino Lenihan (Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mamoe, Waitaha).
Lincoln University Students’ Association’s Clubs and Market Day, a traditional part of Orientation, was held on 3 March. As in 2014 the Alumni and Development Office had a Clubs Day stand to meet and welcome new students and introduce them to the idea of their future status as alumni of Lincoln University.
The office also used its presence to gather information about where students had come from to Lincoln. The students were invited to locate their hometowns and countries on maps and mark them with coloured pins. In the end there were markers on the world map for 22 different countries.
The new students were all invited to ‘Stay Connected’ with Lincoln University and given packets of the ever-popular milkbottle lollies, or “candy” as some of the overseas students called. “What is this word ‘lollies?,” one new student asked.