High noon four-way shoot-out
Palmerston North’s four tertiary institutions are set to do battle during a newly instituted contest on The Square.
Saturday’s inaugural Tertiary Knock Out (TKO) will see teams of students from Massey University, UCOL, Institute of the Pacific United (IPU) and Te Wananga o Aotearoa compete for honours in events over four categories - physical, mental, talent and ‘combination’.
UCOL’s Gillian Lawn said the brains and brawn event had created a sense of student community as well as some friendly rivalry.
‘‘Palmerston North is a true student city. TKO is a fun way to engage and strengthen the student culture we have here.’’
The competition in the library quadrant of The Square, involving teams of up to 20 students, kicks off at midday with a series of entertaining challenges to test participants’ smarts, agility, prob- lem solving, teamwork and sportsmanship.
While the exact nature of the events are being kept under wraps until the day, there will probably be a tug o’ war, an obstacle course, and an impromptu theatresports type team performance.
The first event of its type in New Zealand, there will also be food trucks and live musical interludes from the IPU Kodama drummers, a UCOL band and performers from Te Wananga.
The IPU Kodama drum team are among the performers at Saturday’s TKO comp in The Square.