Kia Ora to Auck­land from ITC!

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ITC stu­dents played a key role in giv­ing a real Kiwi wel­come to over 1700 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents at the Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent Wel­come.

The event was hosted by Study Auck­land, which rep­re­sents 130 schools, ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions and pri­vate pro- viders in the Auck­land re­gion.

Work­ing at events such as this al­lows ITC stu­dents to gain valu­able in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence while they study, says ITC city cam­pus man­ager, Michelle Chat­field. “It’s a win/win sit­u­a­tion!”

This year, nine ITC stu­dents worked be­hind the scenes at the Aotea Cen­tre looking af­ter the per­form­ing groups and VIPs in­clud­ing CEO of Tourism Auck­land, Graeme Os­borne; stu­dent speak­ers; in­dus­try spon­sors; MC Kasina Camp­bell and singer/ song­writer Sarah Spicer.

“They also helped the in­ter­na­tional stu­dents feel wel­come, handed out gift bags and did what­ever they could to make the day the huge suc­cess that it was,” says Michelle Chat­field.

It was cer­tainly a busy and event-filled day. Tourism Auck­land chief ex­ec­u­tive, Graeme Os­borne, wel­comed stu­dents say­ing, “We want your learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to be su­pe­rior. We want you to have a fan­tas­tic time in Auck­land and to en­cour­age your friends and fam­ily to come and visit you here.”

Kasina Camp­bell was the MC for the event and per­formed to en­thu­si­as­tic ap­plause with the Toro­toro dance group. Around 50 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents were wel­comed to the stage to learn some con­tem­po­rary Maori dance moves.

Sev­eral in­ter­na­tional stu­dents cur­rently study­ing in Auck­land spoke pos­i­tively about their ex­pe­ri­ences, and there were per­for­mances from the Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School kapa haka group and singer Sarah Spicer.

The ITC stu­dents val­ued the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The day was awe­some. I had so much fun and it was great to be in­volved in such a huge event. Speak­ing to the stu­dents and help­ing them on the day, see­ing be­hind the scenes and meet­ing new peo­ple - this is why I want to work in tourism,” said Nik Brad­shaw.

Man­ager of Study Auck­land, Debbie Cham- bers, was grate­ful for the stu­dents’ work.

“Your stu­dents did an amaz­ing job! We were very im­pressed by your stu­dent’s en­thu­si­asm and pro­fes­sion­al­ism to­wards this event.” she says.

“ They coped well with the pres­sure of the busiest times of the day and dis­trib­uted in­for­ma­tion and han­dled all tasks with con­fi­dence.

“We look for­ward to work­ing with you and the ITC stu­dents at next year’s Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent wel­come.”

An­other great work ex­pe­ri­ence for ITC stu­dents – they look for­ward to do­ing it again next year!

To find out more about study­ing at ITC, phone

0800 868 747 or go to www.itc.co.nz.

ITC crew: Had an awe­some day help­ing out at Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent Wel­come.

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