Yesterday morning Telford students were welcomed onto the Balclutha campus with South Otago High School students performing a Haka and singing a waiata as part of the official Powhiri. This was attended by Southern Institute of Technology CE Penny Simmonds and support staff of both SIT and Te Wananga O Aotearoa.
Clutha Mayor, Bryan Cadogan, Mark Patterson (NZ First MP), Jono Bavin (FarmBoard Chair, and Rob Mills of Clutha Vets were also in attendance.
The powhiri was enjoyed by both staff and students and was a fitting start to the year, a year that celebrates the beginning of Telford becoming a part of the SIT Faculty whanau.
Initially there will be 29 students studying the Telford Certificate in Agriculture, and six Diploma for Rural Veterinary Technician students. On March 4, there will be a second intake of students who will be studying towards the Telford Certificate in Equine (Level 3) and the Massey Diploma in Agriculture.
SIT are thrilled to be associated with Telford, and wish all students the very best as they work towards their chosen career.