Orientation at Whitiriea: What to expect

Orientation is about preparing for study, meeting the people who are here to provide support, and having some fun.


It begins with a pōwhiri and continues with roadshows, expos, workshops and other events. You can view upcoming orientations here.


Pōwhiri officially welcomes students to Whitireia and celebrates both the beginning of a relationship with us and the start of the study journey.  Pōwhiri are held at multiple campuses on a number of dates. 

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Other events

Events held during orientation week at our various campuses include:


Come along to one of our roadshows to meet support staff and find out more about the campus. You can attend one of these events before you start your programme of study.


Expos feature stalls from local businesses, community groups, health care organisations and Whitireia Student Support Services. Enjoy food, prizes, games, giveaways, music and lots more.


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Student Hub Open Day

Come on in to the Student Hub and take a look around. Grab a hot drink, ask us anything, use the computers and sports equipment, play some board games, sign-up or start a group or club, relax, meet other students and more, with giveaways throughout the day.

Kick Start (Youth students)

Kick Start is a three hour session of fun and engaging activities for all students under 25 years. Take this opportunity to meet other students, staff and key people who will guide you towards your study success. Refreshments and lunch are provided.

Meet Some Mates

Meet some Mates is a great opportunity to meet new people on campus, with giveaways and more. 

Whitireia Factor

You’ve heard of X-Factor? Now it’s your turn to show us your Whitireia Factor. Sign up to share your talents and be in to win great prizes. Singing, dancing, magic tricks, all talents welcome and everyone wins a prize. 

International Student Orientation

International students will receive information about the following:

  • student visas
  • driving laws
  • personal safety
  • Unicare insurance
  • general insurance
  • health and learning services

Attendance is compulsory for all international students. Refreshments and lunch are provided.

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