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Orientation 2021

Orientation 2021

Orientation is a time when all new and returning students can get acquainted with our systems, the resources available during your studies and the University community. Whether you’re joining us on campus or online, we’ve got you covered with presentations, webinars and various activities. Check out the information below to learn more about what will be offered.

Welcome to Orientation!

Check out key information for both our campuses, as well as our Online Learning mode here.


Hamilton campus
Tauranga campus
Online learning

Academic Orientation webinars

Essential workshops and presentations by University staff members will be available online for those who are unable to attend or are joining us virtually.

You can view recordings of each session here, as they are made available

SESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE

Group of students laughing and chatting on the grass

Orientation Schedule

Academic Orientation (22 February - 26 February) is hosted by the University staff. Throughout this week, you will be able to attend workshops, presentations and tours that are aimed to help you settle into University study. Essential presentations and workshops will be made available online to view throughout the year.

POSTPONED Orientation ‘21 (1 March - 6 March). Orientation '21 has been postponed. Check back in for any updates. 

You can also schedule your Orientation experience through the WaikatoUni app (available on the App Store and Google Play) by clicking on the sessions you'd like to attend and starring them. Starred sessions will then feature under the 'My Events' tab in the 'Orientation Schedule'.

Week 1

Daily

TimeLocation Event Summary
11:00am - 12:30pm Foyer, Level 2 of Student Centre

Campus tour

11:00am and 2:00pm Foyer, Level 2 of Student Centre Library tour

Week 1

Monday 22 February 2021

TimeLocation Event Summary
10:00am - 12:00pm Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, Gate 4 on Hillcrest Rd

New student pōwhiri

Nau mai, haere mai. Your University of Waikato Hamilton journey starts here! We warmly invite you to gather at Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, Gate 4 on Hillcrest Rd, where you will be welcomed by the University's kaumātua and staff.

11:00am - 12:30pm Foyer, Level 2 of Student Centre

Campus tour

12:00pm - 1:00pm Village Green

Lunch and activities

Thanks to the WSU (Waikato Students' Union), every day on the Village Green there will be music, free food, and chances to win prizes.

12:00pm - 1:00pm Kāinga Rua Homeroom / Village Green

Kāinga Rua briefing session and lunch

Students who don't live in the halls are invited to join our non-residential community, Kāinga Rua.

During orientation, Kāinga Rua will provide you with the opportunity to meet other students and compete against halls teams in Top Town and Interhall Touch. We'll have a homeroom for the week and will run separate events and activities to help you get to know the rest of the Kāinga Rua students. Make sure you register here.

1:30pm - 4:30pm Uni Fields (in front of Uni Pool)

Top Town

A fun filled afternoon of games and team activities so you can get to know more about your hall mates. There are over 10 challenging activity stations for teams to try.
Your RAs will have more information to give you before the event starts.

9:00pm - late Bus stop

WSU Bus for a Buck

For just one dollar students can grab a sausage and a ride to town from the Gate 1 Bus Stop each night of O’Week, eftpos will be available at the Student Union reception. All rides home are free until 3am.

Tuesday 23 February 2021

TimeLocation Event Summary
  

Division of Education Orientation

Please refer to the programme you have been sent directly from the Division of Education.

10:00am - 11:30am PWC

Waikato Management School Orientation

This session will outline everything you need to know to get started as a student of Waikato Management School. Meet staff and fellow students while learning more about your timetable, degree, and where to go if you need help.

10:00am - 11:00am

L.G.03

Health, Engineering, Computing and Science Orientation

This session will outline everything you need to know to get started as a student studying Health, Engineering, Computing or Science. Meet staff and fellow students while learning more about your timetable, degree, and where to go if you need help.

11:00am - 12:30pm Foyer, Level 2 of Student Centre

Campus tour

10.00am - 12.00pm L.G.02

Waikato Pathways College

At this session you will find out everything you need to know to get started as a student studying at the Pathways College. Come along to meet staff and fellow students while we cover programme information, your timetable and where to go if you need help.

10:00am - 11:00am

L.G.05

Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Orientation

This session will outline everything you need to know to get started as a student studying Art, Law, Social Sciences and Psychology. Meet staff and fellow students while learning more about your timetable, degree, and where to go if you need help.

11:00am - 12:00pm

L.G.04 

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies Orientation

This session will outline everything you need to know to get started as a student of Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies. Meet staff and fellow students while learning more about your timetable, degree, and where to go if you need help.

11:00am - 12:00pm

L.G.03

Te Huataki Waiora School of Health Orientation

Invitation to all School of Health students, new or returning, to meet our new staff including the Dean of School and the Programme Directors for your degrees. During this session, we will welcome our first year students, have fun activities led by senior students and provide an opportunity to meet your peers. If you are a new student, it is recommended that you attend both this session and the Health, Engineering, Computing and Science session prior.

11:00am - 1:00pm Village Green

Lunch and activities

Thanks to the WSU (Waikato Students' Union), Every day on the Village Green there will be DJs, free food, and chances to win prizes.

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Village Green

Amazing Race

What's better than the chance to compete in a University Orientation exercise loosely based off a TV show they took off air eight years ago? The chance to win prizes just for running around campus for an hour. Get your teams of six ready, and your water bottles filled. It's time to try and win some BurgerFuel vouchers.

9:00pm - late Bus stop

WSU Bus for a Buck

For just one dollar students can grab a sausage and a ride to town from the Gate 1 Bus Stop each night of O’Week, eftpos will be available at the Student Union reception. All rides home are free until 3am.

Wednesday 24 February 2021

TimeLocation Event Summary
9:30am - 1:00pm PWC and MSB foyer

Māori Students Orientation

Nau mai, haere mai! Start your journey off best by learning all you need to know as a new tauira Māori here at Waikato. Hear from current tauira, meet our awesome Māori staff and share tasty kai - we’ve got you sorted.

This session will also be live-streamed for those who are unable to make it in person. A link will be made available through our Facebook channel (Māori Ki Waikato).

10:00am - 1:00pm L.G.05

International Students Onshore

This is a compulsory session for all new international students studying onshore joining the University. During this session, you will meet key support staff and receive information regarding specific services available to international students.

10:00am - 10:30am L.G.01

Uni 101 Getting Started

Come along for tips and tricks on surviving your first year at University. Hear first hand from our students and the Wellbeing Coordinator, Suzy, as they discuss topics such as student support services, getting to and from Uni, after hours access and much more.

10:30am - 11:30am L.G.01

Bringing your best: Strategies for success in your first year at Uni

Learn how to overcome your "study worries" with tips and strategies for success.This interactive session, brought to you by the Student Learning Team, will help you to get set up for completing your Uni assessments without stress and hassles. We will explore how to paraphrase other people's writing so that you aren't stealing their work, how to ensure you reference others' work correctly, how to understand what assessment questions and instructions are asking you to do and how to make the best of study time to make sure you can get all of your assessments handed in on time. We will also demo the University's free Academic Integrity resources and introduce you to the range of services we offer @ Student Learning.

11:00am - 12:30pm Foyer, Level 2 of Student Centre

Campus tour

12:00pm - 2:00pm Village Green

Student Services Expo and lunch

Head to the Village Green for lunch provided by the Waikato Students' Union (WSU). While you're there, take a walk around the stalls to meet our Student Services staff, find out more information about the services provided on our campus including Student Health, UniRec, eSports arena, Wellbeing Hub, Library and more.

1:00pm - 1:30pm PWC

Uni 101 Getting Started

Come along for tips and tricks on surviving your first year at University. Hear first hand from our students and the Wellbeing Coordinator, Suzy, as they discuss topics such as student support services, getting to and from Uni, after hours access and much more.

1:30pm - 2:30pm PWC

Bringing your best: Strategies for success in your first year at Uni

Learn how to overcome your "study worries" with tips and strategies for success.This interactive session, brought to you by the Student Learning Team, will help you to get set up for completing your Uni assessments without stress and hassles. We will explore how to paraphrase other people's writing so that you aren't stealing their work, how to ensure you reference others' work correctly, how to understand what assessment questions and instructions are asking you to do and how to make the best of study time to make sure you can get all of your assessments handed in on time. We will also demo the University's free Academic Integrity resources and introduce you to the range of services we offer @ Student Learning.

2:30pm - 3:00pm Online
Go to Webinar

International Onshore webinar

This is a compulsory session for all new onshore international students joining the University. During this session, you will meet key support staff and receive information regarding specific services available to international students.

3:00pm - 5:00pm University Pools

Red Bull Pool Party

The Red Bull Pool Party is back for 2021! Dust yourself off and recharge with us and our friends from George FM poolside at 3pm on Wednesday 24 February

4:00pm - 5:00pm The Basement (SUB)

Non-school leaver event

If you didn't come to University straight from school, then this is the event for you. Come meet fellow students and listen to a panel of experts discuss their experiences and advice for your time during study. Drinks and nibbles provided.

9:00pm - late Bus stop

WSU Bus for a Buck

For just one dollar students can grab a sausage and a ride to town from the Gate 1 Bus Stop each night of O’Week, eftpos will be available at the Student Union reception. All rides home are free until 3am.

Thursday 25 February 2021

TimeLocation Event Summary
9:00am - 12:00pm GAPA

Pacific Orientation: Beginning the Voyage

Ni sa bula vinaka, talofa lava, malo e lelei, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu, mauri, halo, dina namona, noa'ia, aloha, ia orana, ekamowir omo, wa wa wa and warm Pacific greetings!  We are so glad to have you here. The Assistant Vice Chancellor Pacific would like to invite you to Beginning the Voyage - Pacific Orientation. Come and meet your Pacific team and learn more about the great opportunities that await your University journey with us. Let us know if you plan on bringing your family as well - we would love to meet them.

11:00am - 1:00pm Village Green

Lunch

Thanks to the WSU (Waikato Students' Union), every day on the Village Green there will be DJs, free food, and chances to win prizes.

11:00am - 12:30pm Foyer, Level 2 of Student Centre

Campus tour

1:30pm - 4:00pm Uni fields

Inter-halls touch football

Represent your halls of residence out on the touch fields today.

9:00pm - late Bus stop

WSU Bus for a Buck

For just one dollar students can grab a sausage and a ride to town from the Gate 1 Bus Stop each night of O’Week, eftpos will be available at the Student Union reception. All rides home are free until 3am.

Friday 26 February 2021

TimeLocation Event Summary
9:15am - 4:00pm TC Collaborative Space (Level 1 TC building)
Please meet at Gate 5 at 9:15

Bachelor of Health and Bachelor of Nursing programme induction

This session is specifically for all new Bachelor of Nursing students and new Bachelor of Health students. This full day of activities is designed to prepare you for university and includes an introduction to Moodle, building your academic calendar, a tour of your classrooms, and of course, meeting your classmates - and much more. Don't miss this opportunity to get off to a great start!

11:00am - 12:30pm Foyer, Level 2 of Student Centre

Campus tour

1:00pm Bus stop

Self Guided Bus Tour of Hamilton

Get your team together to orientate yourselves around Hamilton city via our GoBus network. Take a team photo in key spots around Hamilton to go into the draw to win some fantastic prizes. For any questions, please contact your Halls RA or the key contact person for Kāinga Rua.

9:00pm - late Bus stop

WSU Bus for a Buck

For just one dollar students can grab a sausage and a ride to town from the Gate 1 Bus Stop each night of O’Week, eftpos will be available at the Student Union reception. All rides home are free until 3am.

Week 1

Week 1

Monday 22 February 2021

TimeLocation Event Summary
10:00am - 11:00am 2.03 (1.07 for overflow)

Tauranga New Student Welcome

Nau mai, haere mai. Your University of Waikato Tauranga journey starts here! We warmly invite you to gather in the main lecture theatre (Level 2, room 2.03) where you will be welcomed by the University's kaumātua and after, invited to enjoy some morning tea.

11:00am - 12:00pm 3.06

Waikato Management School Academic Orientation

This session will outline everything you need to know to get started as a student of Waikato Management School. Meet staff and fellow students while learning more about your timetable, degree, and where to go if you need help.

11:00am - 12:00pm 2.03

Division of Education (Bachelor of Teaching Primary and Early Childhood) Academic Orientation

This is a compulsory session for all Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education - Bachelor of Teaching Primary and Early Childhood students. Meet your academic programme coordinators, fellow students in your course and get the low down on what this week and this year will involve.

11:00am - 12:00pm 1.07

Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Academic Orientation

This session will outline everything you need to know to get started as a student studying Art, Law, Social Sciences and Psychology. Meet staff and fellow students while learning more about your timetable, degree, and where to go if you need help.

11:00am - 12:00pm 3.05

Health, Sport and Human Performance Academic Orientation (All Bachelor Health, Sport, Human Performance students should attend this session rather than the divisional session in 3.03. This also includes students studying in conjunction with Toi Ohomai at the Windermere campus)

All Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance students are advised to attend this session in place of the Health, Engineering, Computing and Science Academic Orientation in 3.03. This session will outline everything you need to know about the studying across the University of Waikato, Tauranga campus and the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Windermere campus.

11:00am - 12:00pm 2.08

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies Academic Orientation

This session will outline everything you need to know to get started as a student of Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies. Meet staff, fellow students while you find out more about your timetable, degree, and where to go if you need help.

11:00am - 12:00pm 3.03

Health, Engineering, Computing and Science Academic Orientation

This session will outline everything you need to know to get started as a student studying in the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science. Meet staff and fellow students while learning more about your timetable, degree, and where to go if you need help.

(If you are studying the BHSHP please attend the session in 3.05 instead)

11:00am - 12:00pm 2.12

Bachelor Social Work Academic Orientation

This session will outline everything you need to know to get started as a student in the Bachelor of Social Work programme . Come along to meet your teaching and administration staff, learn how to be successful in your studies and get any answers to your degree questions.

12:00pm - 12:30pm Atea

Lunch

Come along and grab some tasty kai and a sweet treat from the amazing local Mount Made Ice Cream kart (vegan ice cream available) in the Ātea. But be quick - you don't want to miss out (first in, first served)!

12:30pm - 12:45pm 2.03

Uni101 Getting Started & Student Services talk

How ready are you for study? There’s more to being successful in study than just academic content. Make sure you’re prepared for your first lectures; learn about the supports available to you as a student at the University of Waikato, meet the staff who will help you navigate University life and have a short introduction to the University systems and processes so that you start your study already in the know.

12:45pm - 1:15pm 2.03

Bringing your best: Strategies for success in your first year at Uni

Learn how to overcome your "study worries" with tips and strategies for success.This interactive session, brought to you by the Student Learning Team, will help you to get set up for completing your Uni assessments without stress and hassles. We will explore how to paraphrase other people's writing so that you aren't stealing their work, how to ensure you reference others' work correctly, how to understand what assessment questions and instructions are asking you to do and how to make the best of study time to make sure you can get all of your assessments handed in on time. We will also demo the University's free Academic Integrity resources and introduce you to the range of services we offer @ Student Learning.

1:15pm - 3:00pm 1.07

Māori Students Orientation

Nau mai, haere mai! Start your journey off right by learning all you need to know as a new tauira Māori here at Waikato. Hear from current tauira, meet our awesome Māori staff and share a tasty kai - we've got you sorted!

1:15pm - 3:00pm 2.12

Pacific Orientation: Beginning the Voyage

Ni sa bula vinaka, talofa lava, malo e lelei, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu, mauri, halo, dina namona, noa'ia, aloha, ia orana, ekamowir omo, wa wa wa and warm Pacific greetings!  We are so glad to have you here. The Assistant Vice Chancellor Pacific would like to invite you to Beginning the Voyage - Pacific Orientation. Come and meet your Pacific team and learn more about the great opportunities that await your University journey with us. Let us know if you plan on bringing your family as well - we would love to meet them.

1:15pm - 2:30pm 2.09

International Onshore students orientation

This is a compulsory session for all new international students studying onshore joining the University. During this session, you will meet key support staff and receive information regarding specific services available to international students.

Tuesday 23 February 2021

TimeLocation Event Summary
10:00am - 12:00pm 2.03

Bachelor of Teaching (Being a teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand) Meet the academic staff and get to know each other. Intro to TEACH101.

In the first half of this session, you will meet key teaching staff who will be helping you throughout your degree programme and fellow classmates - the people you'll be spending some intense time with over the next three years! In the second half of this session, you'll get a 'taster' of TEACH101 (Being a Teachin in Aotearoa New Zealand), one of the core papers in your study programme this year.

10:00am - 12:00pm 2.08

Biological Sciences Propeller Boot Camp - (Only for students transitioning from the Toi Ohomai Diploma in Environmental Management Level 5 and Level 6 into the Waikato Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Ecology & Biodiversity or Aquaculture)

This session is only for students transitioning from the Toi Ohomai Diploma in Environmental Management (Marine or Terrestrial stream) Level 5 and Level 6 into the University of Waikato Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Ecology & Biodiversity or Aquaculture. Join us on this interactive learning session, offered to propel your University of Waikato experience in Tauranga. This session will outline everything you need to know on your advanced scientific courses. Meet and interact with your future lecturers, research mentors and the staff members that will help you out throughout the year. A lunch break is scheduled and will be provided by the University. After lunch, we will outline how to navigate classes including online resources such as Moodle. There will be ample opportunity to ask us all the questions you have about what University life is like and what to expect.

11:00am - 12:00pm The Hub Level 1

Cultural Narrative Tour (open to all)

Feel free to come along and join us for a guided cultural tour of the campus. No need to register, just turn up to Level 1, the Hub and enjoy a walk through of the campus' cultural narrative, as well as our beautiful artworks.

12:00pm - 1:00pm   Lunch break
1:00pm - 3:00pm 2.03

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood) - Student Services Presentation

This session is for all Bachelor of Teaching Primary and Early Childhood students only. Meet some of the staff who will be supporting your throughout your University studies and find out who you can turn to for help. As future teachers, we want to ensure you know what supports are available to help you feel confident in asking for help, just as you would want your own future students to feel in your classrooms.

Wednesday 24 February 2021

TimeLocation Event Summary
9:00am - 12:00pm 2.03

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary Only) CUSP Briefing

TEPRO100 (Professional Experience 1 - Early Childhood) is an important paper that includes all of your Professional Experience in school settings: the weekly CUSP day, the block professional experience and connections with your ePortfolio. In this session, you will receive initial information about your placement for 2021.

10:00am - 11:00am The Hub Level 1

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood only) Cultural Narrative Tour

Join us for a guided tour of the campus' cultural narrative, as well as our beautiful artworks.

10:00am - 11:00am The Hub Level 1

Cultural Narrative Tour (open to all)

Join us for a guided tour of the campus' cultural narrative, as well as our beautiful artworks.

11:00am - 12:00pm 2.13

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood only) Health and Wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing is important when you are studying and preparing for a profession where you will be caring for others. In this session, our student health nurse will talk with you about looking after yourselves, so that you can be 'your best you' as you look after others.

12:00pm - 1:00pm   Lunch break
1:00pm - 2:00pm 2.03

Division of Education (Primary and Early Childhood) Understanding the Culminating Integrative Assessment (CIA)

The CIA is an important culminating assessment each year that will connect with your university papers and your professional experience as an ECE or Primary teacher. This is a brief introduction to some of the key terms and components of the CIA.

2:00pm - 3:00pm 2.03

Division of Education (Primary and Early Childhood) Teaching Council

Linda Brown, a lead advisor at Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, will give us advice on how to prepare over the next three years to be a great teacher! She'll also talk about what role the Teaching Council play (while you are studying and once you are a qualified teacher) and what you can and can't do if you are offered work while you are still a student teacher.

2:00pm - 2.30pm Online
Go to Webinar

International Onshore Webinar

This is a compulsory session for all new international students joining the University. During this session, you will meet key support staff and receive information regarding specific services available to international students.

3:00pm - 4:00pm 2.03

Division of Education NZEI

July McLean, the regional rep for the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), will join us in this session to explain the role of NZEI and how you can benefit from being a member.

Thursday 25 February 2021

TimeLocation Event Summary
10:00am - 12:00pm 2.12

Division of Education (Early Childhood only) Meeting the ECE Staff

In this session you will meet the wider ECE academic teaching team, and hear important details about the ECE programme at the University of Waikato.

10:00am - 11:00am The Hub Level 1

Division of Education (Primary Only) Cultural Narrative Tour

Join us for a guided tour of the campus' cultural narrative, as well as our beautiful artworks.

10:00am - 11:00am The Hub Level 1

Cultural Narrative Tour (open to all)

Join us for a guided tour of the campus' cultural narrative, as well as our beautiful artworks.

11:00am - 12:00pm 2.03

Division of Education (Primary Only) Health and Wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing is important when you are studying and preparing for a profession where you will be caring for others. In this session, our student health nurse will talk with you about looking after yourselves, so that you can be 'your best you' as you look after others.

12:00pm - 1:00pm   Lunch break
1:00pm - 3:00pm 2.12

Division of Education (Early Childhood only) PEECE Briefing

TEPRO100 is an important paper that includes all of your Professional Experience in school settings: the weekly PEECE day (Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education), the block professional experience and connections with your ePortfolio. In this session, you will receive initial information about your placement for 2021. You will also meet Helen Aitken, who is the ECE (Early Childhood Education) Professional Experience coordinator, and Corinne Nicholson, who is the Professional Experience administrator.

1:00pm - 3:00pm 2.11 and 3.04

Division of Education (Primary Only) E-Portfolio and Moodle

In this session you will learn how to set up your ePortfolio, which is integral to your CUSP (Collaborative University School Partnerships) days and professional experience. This session will be a practical session in the computer labs.

3:00pm - 4:00pm 2.11

Division of Education (Early Childhood only Only) E-Portfolio and Moodle

In this session you will learn how to set up your ePortfolio, which is integral to your PEECE (Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education) days and professional experience. This session will be a practical session in the computer labs.

Monday 22 February 2021

TimeLocation Event Summary
10:00am - 12:00pm Watch our Facebook story

New student pōwhiri

Nau mai, haere mai. Your University of Waikato Hamilton journey starts here! We warmly invite you to watch as our  new students are welcomed by the University's kaumātua and staff.

Wednesday 24 February 2021

TimeLocation Event Summary
2:30pm - 3:00pm Online
Go to Webinar

International Onshore webinar

This is a compulsory session for all new international students joining the University. During this session, you will meet key support staff and receive information regarding specific services available to international students.

Recorded sessions

Recorded session links will be available from Wednesday 26 February. These sessions will be of division/faculty orientation sessions.

Check out our other Orientation locations

International Students

Whether you're studying virtually overseas or are currently in New Zealand, our International Student Services team can help you settle smoothly into your studies. Check out our International Hub to see the services and resources available to you throughout your degree.


Visit our International hub

Introducing FLEXI

From A Trimester 2021, the University of Waikato will be offering a selection of papers in FLEXI mode, meaning that your learning can be done both face-to-face (on campus) and online, giving you lots of flexibility as to where and how you learn during the trimester. Find out more.

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If you have general enquiries about what you're studying, enrolment, Student ID cards or Studylink:

Email info@waikato.ac.nz
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