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On Tuesday 19 March, more than 250 international students from around the globe were formally welcomed to Hamilton, to signify the importance of international students to creating our vibrant city.

The event, held at The Pā at the University of Waikato, is a collaboration between Wintec | Te Pūkenga, the University, Waikato secondary schools and Hamilton City Council.

The students were welcomed by Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate, who was pleased to see international students return to the Waikato region.

“It is fantastic to see international students back in New Zealand and we are immensely proud that so many students have chosen to study and live in Hamilton. This reflects our city and region’s education sector strength but also the wonderful lifestyle, education and work opportunities we have on offer,” Mayor Southgate says.

“We very much value the contribution that international students bring to our city. They bring diversity of thought, enrich our city’s cultural vibrancy and contribute to our local economy. It was wonderful to hear from past and present international students today, about the value of being educated in our city.”

Pre-Covid19, Waikato was home to more than 3000 international students across various education providers, contributing about $140 million to the Waikato economy each year.

The welcome event included a mihi, performances, and kiwiana food and treats.



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