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 arriving 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.
Be part of the fun on campus and volunteer at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day. The Events and Partnerships team are looking for friendly, charismatic staff volunteers to welcome new students, families and whānau to the UC community. This is an opportunity to welcome new students to our diverse UC community – Kotahitanga – we’re all a part of shaping our new students’ experience.
Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day)
Friday 14 February, 9.00am – 2.30pm.
From Supplier of Smiles to Information Guru, there is a position for everyone. Read the role descriptions, check in with your manager and click on the sign-up link below.
O Day volunteer roles:
- Supplier of Smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy meeting new people
- Information Guru – providing help and support is your gig
- Session Greeter – you’re there to scan people into sessions
- Data Gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think
- Campus Explorer – you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
CLICK HERE to sign up!
Here’s what our volunteers had to say about volunteering for Herea tō waka | Orientation Day in the past:
“Campus was so busy, great atmosphere.”
“Was good to see a huge number of students coming through… a good number from all over the country.”
“Helpers were so positive and everyone genuinely wanted to help students and have fun.”
If you have any questions, CLICK HERE to email the events team.