Students at war
A battle of brains and brawn has been held between four tertiary providers to see who could claim bragging rights as being the best.
Palmerston North’s first Tertiary Knock Out competition was held on Saturday in The Square with UCOL, Massey, Te Wananga o Aotearoa and IPU all participating.
About 50 people attended the event which resulted in a tie for first between Massey and IPU.
Gillian Lawn from UCOL and Gunhild Litwin from Massey said the idea was to bring the tertiary organisations in the city together.
The competition had four sections; a talent section, obstacle course, mental challenge, and combination challenge.
‘‘We didn’t want it to just be very physical, we wanted something everyone could participate [in],’’ Lawn said.
Litwin said the pair met in March to discuss how they could get the students of the separate tertiary providers to work a little bit more collaboratively.
She said previously she had the idea to hold a competition like this in Wellington but it had not got off the ground, so they decided to give it a go here.
‘‘It just grew from there. This is the very first time ever when all the institutions have been [able] to do something together.
‘‘It was little old us who made it happen so we’re incredibly proud of that.’’
Lawn said they didn’t expect the first event to be massive and the rain had made it difficult, but they hoped it would keep growing year on year.
‘‘Everyone seems to have had fun and come together.’’
UCOL student Claire Wilson, 22, enjoyed the event.
‘‘It just gets everyone together even though we’re studying in different areas,’’ she said.
Massey University students Courtnee Matthews, 21, and Geneva Knutson, 21, said it was a great idea.
‘‘We were eager to come and win for Massey,’’ Matthews said.
Knutson said from an inter- national student perspective the event was great to meet people.
‘‘The event seemed really interesting and I wanted to be able to meet some new people from Massey, and this has been a really good way to do that.’’
Massey University Tertiary Knock Out team member Adrian Whareaitu lets fly with a wet sponge during the hot lava challenge.