Stu­dents at war

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - KIRSTY LAWRENCE

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.’’

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Massey Univer­sity Ter­tiary Knock Out team mem­ber Adrian Whareaitu lets fly with a wet sponge dur­ing the hot lava chal­lenge.

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