Get the O Day buzz – volunteer

Be part of the Orientation buzz and volunteer at O Day | Herea tō waka. The Events and Partnerships team are looking for friendly, inviting, charismatic staff volunteers to welcome new students, families and whānau to the UC community.

Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day)
Friday 16 February, 9.30am – 2.00pm

From Supplier of Smiles to Information Guru, there is a role for everyone. Read the role descriptions below, check in with your manager and fill in this simple form to take part in welcoming the hordes of new students to UC.

O Day volunteer roles:

Supplier of Smiles
You have a great smile and enjoy making people happy.
We want you on the O Day trails to warmly welcome our visitors to UC including:

  • greeting and welcoming new students to our UC community
  • handing out programmes, wristbands, and food etc. on the trails
  • filling and giving away Think first drink bottles
  • showing a friendly, approachable face for our new students on their first day.

Information Guru
Providing help and answering questions is your gig.
You’ll assist visitors with any questions from where to get a good coffee to what time the next info session starts and monitor sessions taking place in your area. Your tasks could include:

  • warmly welcoming new students to the UC community
  • assisting with general inquiries at the Information Hub in the Undercroft
  • assisting with the information sessions in C Block, A Block and the Engineering Core by
    • scanning tickets
    • managing foot traffic into lecture theatres
    • helping attendees get to the right information session.
  • answering questions – or directing them to where they can get answers.

Volunteer now or if you have any questions email the Events and Partnerships team.

Herea tō waka: The phrase ‘herea tō waka’ means ‘tie up your waka’ and is a reference to what we do when our waka (sailing vessel) comes into landing – we tie it firmly to the shore so that it doesn’t drift away.

For our students and that arrive here at UC and particularly on their first day (O Day), they are metaphorically tying their waka to the shoreline that is UC to ensure their grounding here is firm.