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February 19, 2007 | by  | in Features |
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Orientation FAQs

Dusty is the Campus Activities Coordinator and is responsible for Orientation 2007. In his first in-depth interview for Salient this year he shares some words of wisdom for those seeking Orientation nirvana…

1. What is Orientation?

The Orientation Festival is the event to kick-start what should be a great year at university. There should be something for everyone. Music, sports, trivia, clubs galore, street performers and of course the Hang Over Hangi. This is the time of year to meet new people and try some new things. If you are new to Wellington then make sure you see some of the music and sights on offer.

2. Who are the highlights this year?

Obviously Juliette Lewis and the Licks will be a huge show. Juliette is a wicked performer (check out www.julietteandthelicks.com). NOFX are a personal favourite and The Mad Professor creates a huge international presence to this year’s festival. The Kiwi contingent is well-represented with regular favourite Katchafire well supported by dDub and Pacific Bass Culture on Tuesday night, Monday night has OdESSA (arguably a VUWSA tradition) and The Aviators playing free for students so make sure you get a pass to this show before they all go. Did I almost forget to mention Ska-B-Q? Another huge night (March 3 at San Francisco Bathhouse).

3. How much does it cost?

It does vary depending on the cost of a band but no show will be more than $20 for a student (except NOFX). There are many free things as well, the nakedbus.com lunchtime series has a great act each day from 1pm. And we start the week with two of Welly’s finest acts free for students (Odessa & the Aviators, Union Hall, Feb 26).

4. Where can we buy tickets?

All tickets will be available from VUWSA (ground floor of the student union building), the two Cosmic Corner stores (Manners and Cuba streets) where a small booking fee may apply and from Vic Books at the Pipitea Campus (base of Rutherford House).

5. What time should we come?

For any Union Hall show we open the doors at 8pm and the shows are fi nished by midnight so don’t be late. The Mad Professor at Sandwiches on March 1 starts at 10pm, the Ska-B-Q, at SFBH on March 3, starts at 4pm and goes well late, the worldfamous Hang Over Hangi starts at noon (Te Herenga Waka Marae on Kelburn Parade) and the Speight’s Suburban Safari starts at 3 in the Atrium/Mount St Bar. More specific info can be found online at www.vuwsa.org.nz/activities and in this mag.

6. What are the venues?

Union Hall is one of Wellington’s most historic venues, some of the past performers include Body Count, Alien Ant Farm, The Violent Femmes and the best NZ has to offer. It is directly above Mount St Bar and Café so have a look when you’re in the Student Union Building. Getting in, you have to queue outside the National Bank. The San Francisco Bath House is on Cuba St and also a great live venue. Sandwiches (cnr of Majoribanks and Kent Terrace) is the place to go for late-night (read: early morning) sounds. The Establishment on Courtenay Place is hard to miss so you should be at most of the after-parties. Mount Street Bar is the place for our trivia and regular get-togethers so learn which couches are okay to sit on early.

7. Do I need to bring ID to drink?

Hell yes, even if you’re 54. Age ID will be required at ALL Union Hall shows. We have a special agreement that allows 17-year-old tertiary students into the venue (but cannot drink alcohol). If you are 17 you will get a different colour wristband so are able to stay in the venue. Security will explain it on the night but you will need either a tertiary student ID or a valid age ID (a passport, drivers licence or 18+ card, nothing else will be accepted) regardless of your receding hairline or expanding mid-section. Save yourself the hassle of convincing security by bringing some.

8. What time do the gigs finish?

It varies but the Union Hall shows all have a midnight cut off so be there at 8pm to get in or you may miss something. The Mad Professor at Sandwiches will obviously go later (being mad and all) with The Upbeats finishing the night off to about 3am. Most town venues go ‘til 3am but the music tends to finish about 1am.

9. Any other advice?

Get in there as soon as you can to get tickets. The Union Hall can’t take all of you so don’t miss out. Bring friends and look after each other (especially heading in and out of town). Walkwise will be around The Terrace (during the big nights) so if you get into any trouble, head for a bright yellow jacket. Have a fun and safe time. Drink lots of water and do what your momma tells ya, she knows best.

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Salient is a magazine. Salient is a website. Salient is an institution founded in 1938 to cater to the whim and fancy of students of Victoria University. We are partly funded by VUWSA and partly by gold bullion that was discovered under a pile of old Salients from the 40's. Salient welcomes your participation in debate on all the issues that we present to you, and if you're a student of Victoria University then you're more than welcome to drop in and have tea and scones with the contributors of this little rag in our little hideaway that overlooks Wellington.

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