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Enrolments for domestic students are up on 2016 as the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) gears up for the new academic year. 

While enrolment numbers are still being finalised for semester one, SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds said there had been an increase both at the Invercargill campus and distance learning with SIT2LRN.


Friday was a proud day for Natalie Barlow.

For years the mother-of-two has dedicated herself to helping her family and her husband with his business. But Friday was her day.

Barlow graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the Southern Institute of Technology.

She was one of hundreds of students donning the black robes and celebrating their success at the end of year graduation ceremony.

After completing a diploma in business and marketing about 14 years ago in Auckland, Barlow said she wanted to update her knowledge.


Could Southland be the set for a Bollywood film?

A Bollywood music video will be one of the short films debuted at the Southsure Emerging Artists Awards at Centre Stage on Thursday

The music video features the famous Bollywood song Aye Mere Humsafar (Oh My Soul Mate) sung by Indian Idol runner-up and Southern Institute of Technology student Ketan Kumawat.

​Kumawat and fellow student Miten Raichvra filmed the clip in Invercargill, including a restaurant scene on Esk St.

The film, which is a slow love song, tells the story of a love triangle, Kumawat said.

They decided to make the music video in the style of a short film instead of a lip-synced epic with large dance sequences that Bollywood fans were used to. 

 Raichvra said story was cute and everyone could relate to it, regardless if they were Bollywood fans or not.


Fashion students at the Southern Institute of Technology are gearing up for their annual fashion show and for one student, presenting her collection is the culmination of 30 years of dreaming.

Every year, the Chrysalis fashion showcase provides an opportunity for students studying the Bachelor of Fashion and the Graduate Diploma in Fashion to show off their year's work to the public.

This year is no exception, with students working away furiously in their workshops, pinning and hemming with precision and vigour ahead of the show on November 8.

For third year student Beverley Smit, the hard work she has put in over the years had been a long time coming, as nearing the completion of her degree was a dream come true.


Fashion from some of Southland's most talented young designers will go on show in the city next Tuesday.

Southern Institute of Technology Bachelor of Design Technology in Fashion students will join with Graduate Diploma in Fashion students to present their unique show, Chrysalis.


Nearly three quarters of students at the Southern Institute of Technology completed their qualifications in 2015, a new report from the Tertiary Education Commission shows.

The report, which records the performance of tertiary education organisations, shows 72 per cent of SIT students completed their qualifications in 2015 on par with the national average.

The report also shows 78 per cent of students successfully completed their courses at SIT in 2015, one per cent lower than the national average of 79 per cent.


Nursing students are concerned international students are getting left behind in Southland health care system. 

The Southern Institute of Technology first year nursing students highlighted the issue at the Annual Health Expo at Hansen Hall on Thursday. 

Student Rhyarna Batchelor said most of the international students she had spoken to didn't know what to do if they were sick. 

"One man said that if he had chest pains he would stay home, this is concerning."

Other students had said they didn't know they could get cold and flu medication or basic pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen from the supermarket or chemist without seeing a doctor. 


Reporter Marjorie Cook continues The Mirror's occasional series "60 Minutes" by spending time with Southland Institute of Technology student Cassandra Harvey, of Wanaka.

Cassandra Harvey's got a smashing smile.

She's also quite likely to smash you in the pool. Actually, she has smashed me. Over the last few years, her whole family - mum Tammy, dad Patrick, sister Mikayla -  even her 67-year-old grandfather Will Harvey  - has thrashed me.


A student health expo in Invercargill this week has a sickness prevention focus, while migrants will be shown how to navigate their way around the health system.

About 75 first-year bachelor of nursing students at the Southern Institute of Technology [SIT] are manning 15 stands at the SIT location on Thursday from 10am till 4pm.

Called building blocks to better family health, the expo has a focus on sickness prevention, nursing student Melissa Fluit said.

The 15 stands were decided on after the students researched the community needs in Southland, she said.

One stand will teach migrants how to navigate their way through the New Zealand health system, another will teach the public how to interpret food labels on food packaging and another will

show how people can identify signs of bowel disease. 

Infant safety will be a focus of one stand, and another will teach outdoorsy types how to respond to emergency situations in the wilderness.

The public will be given a house warrant of fitness to take away when visiting another stand, but beforehand will be educated about the health effects of mouldy and wet homes.


Rachel Mann is formulating an charcterised web array about Invercargill teenagers with different racial backgrounds and themes.

As a temperament and enlightenment of Southland continues to grow, one Invercargill lady is on a goal to tell stories by animation which describe some-more closely to Southland teenagers. 

Southern Institute of Technology animation mentor Rachel Mann has only non-stop an muster during City Gallery in Invercargill, giving an inside demeanour into her building web series, Tale Enders.


Oamaru man Matthew McLellan won a gold medal at the WorldSkills New Zealand Competition at Wintec, in Hamilton, at the weekend.
Mr McLellan won the joinery section and is now waiting to find out if he will be selected to represent New Zealand at either the Oceania WorldSkills competition in Australia or the International WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi next year.


As the identity and culture of Southland continues to grow, one Invercargill woman is on a mission to tell stories through animation which relate more closely to Southland teenagers. 

Southern Institute of Technology animation tutor Rachel Mann has just opened an exhibition at City Gallery in Invercargill, giving an inside look into her developing web series, Tale Enders.

After doing a content analysis study on the animation which was available for New Zealand children and youths, she found the characters were predominantly caucasian and male, and none of the animation intended for viewers over the age of eight years old was made in New Zealand.


San Francisco is about to get a taste of Invercargill.

The short film Click Clack Click will be screened at the International Dance Festival in San Francisco in October.

It was shot about two years ago and features a ballet dance sequence in Esk St. 

Written and directed by Southern Institute of Technology graduate James Wilkinson, the film tells the story of a waitress, played by Amy Hutton, who escapes into an imaginary world of dance and meets a dapper male dancer, played by Nick Beckwith.


With an increasing Chinese presence in Southland, it is vital for the Southland community to foster relationships, Southern Institute of Technology chief executive Penny Simmonds says.

On Friday morning about 50 Chinese students and staff from the Southern Institute of Technology gathered on the Tay St campus in an intimate ceremony to mark Chinese National Day.


It's been an incredible year for Rangiora photographer Cheryl Muirson. 

Having completed her Southern Institute of Technology Diploma in August 2015, a number of opportunities and achievements have since opened up. 

In April Muirson achieved her Associate of the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) with a portfolio themed from Charles Dicken's novel Great Expectations.  Each of the photos was named from quotes directly from the book. 

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