International students enjoy warm New Zealand welcome

International students enjoy warm New Zealand welcome

Manisha Sharma, Arlene Esrael and Hyun Kyung Lee enjoyed the Christchurch Orientation

Students from Asia, the Pacific and South America were treated to a special orientation full of New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) Heart welcoming them as new members of the college community.

The orientation events at the NZTC Auckland and Christchurch campuses included a pōhiri (traditional Māori welcome), tour of the 50 new students’ respective cities and further information about studying with the college.

For Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) student Aneri Shah the pōhiri was a lovely welcome to the college, noting particularly the waiata (Māori song) sung by all NZTC staff, which gave her “goosebumps”.

Arriving in New Zealand from India a little more than a week prior to Auckland orientation, Aneri said the lovely warm, friendly and honest nature of the New Zealand people she had met so far meant she hasn’t been homesick.

“Everyone gives you a smile,” Aneri said. “The place is beautiful, and the weather is so temperate. I wake up with a smile because it’s so good. Auckland’s mixture of quiet suburbs and happening city is a good blend.”

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education) student Danyang Wang, who is originally from Zhengzhou, Henan Province in Central China, also found the waiata to be “very beautiful”.

“I have never experienced anything like it before,” she said.

“It has not been that hard for me to fit in to Auckland, as it’s a big city, but I like the climate, it is very mild compared to China,” Danyang said. “And there is sea and seagulls. I love seagulls.”

Arlene Esrael, who arrived in Christchurch from the Philippines in June to study the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5), described Christchurch as “such a wonderful place, I love it! It is not crowded. It is clean with very nice and friendly people. A great place to live!”

Already enjoying New Zealand’s outdoor lifestyle, so far her highlight has been hiking the Christchurch 360 Trail from Sumner to Lyttelton, which has views of marshes, wetlands, dry savannah ecosystems, from verdant bush remnants to exposed open hilltops.

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education) student Hyun Kyung Lee moved to Christchurch from Korea in September last year.

“I love Christchurch. There are a lot of reasons such as clean air and water, one reason I like this city is that there are great parks around here! I love to spend time with my kids in the parks.”

“In New Zealand a large number of people are friendly and polite. People are considerate of others and hold doors open for people, and say ‘hello’ when passing each other.”