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Monday February 26th
Cricket Competition
VUW Quad 10am-noon
The Wellington Firebirds (both the women’s and men’s teams) will be on campus to take part in the cricket competition. Bowl one of them out and win awesome prizes. Easy.
UP & Go World Hacky Champs
VUW Quad 12-2pm
Fancy yourself as a pro hacky player? Here’s your chance to kick your way to the USA, the birthplace of hacky, with more than $20,000 in prizes to be won. Register now at www.worldhackychamps. co.nz or on the day and go into the draw to win a trip to Auckland (or California if you’re any good).
Bathtub Racing
VUW Maclaurin Car Park 2-4pm
A bunch of bathtubs have been rigged for modern-day chariot racing (plumberstyle), with great prizes for the fastest drivers. Just show up on the day to enter. The bathtubs are empty so please, no speedos.
The Cloghoppers (UK)
Student Union Building Upper Deck 1-2pm
In NZ for the Buskers Festival, The Cloghoppers are a duo from England. Beth and Frank create a circus show of sorts, combining music, comedy and acrobatics. Their set includes juggling, bluegrass, lasso, a rubber chicken, unicycling, a mandolin, banjo, harmonica and the ‘rola bola’
OdESSA, The Aviators Uni Hall 8pm – midnight
Having previously performed alongside established homegrown acts such as Goldenhorse and Fat Freddy’s Drop, OdESSA are becoming a headline act in their own right. Touted as an exciting blend of garage, R’nB and pop-rock, à la INXS meets Prince, the OdESSA experience is described as a “heady swirl of streetlights and hormones”, with the ability to make an entire nation get up and dance.
Like OdESSA, The Aviators cite Prince among the all-time greats who have influenced their “hot mix of soulful funk.” With a guitarist who reportedly first picked up a guitar as a sperm and a drummer who has the style and finesse of a “warm lettuce and custard sandwich,” it would be difficult to dispute The Aviators’ self-description as a “funky bunch of souls.” Wellington is the second-to-last stop on a nationwide O-Week tour for this eight-piece act.
Tuesday 27th February
Market Day
VUW Quad 10am to 2pm
Market Day returns to the Quad for another year with stalls selling jewellery, hats and general knick-knackery throughout the day. Freebies include summer goodies by Sunsmart, a swingball tennis competition and mechanical bull rides for those who sign up for Student Card.
A Pizza Hut zone will be in the Quad all week, offering students $5 Hawaiian pizzas, along with the chance to win a trip to Hawaii. There will also be heaps of instant prizes and free pizza samples. For more information, go to www.vuwsa.org.nz
Wayne Anderson
Student Union Building Upper Deck 1-2pm
Wayne “Singer Of Songs” Anderson is a 40-something year old man with a dream to break into the music scene with covers of Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdink. TVNZ’s cameras followed him for seven weeks last year as he attempted to achieve fame. Wayne will be performing songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s live at Vic for one day only.
Katchafire, dDub
Uni Hall 8pm – midnight Students $20, non-students $30
Returning to perform at this year’s O-Week is Hamilton’s claim-to-fame, Katchafire. This eight-piece are known for their contemporary reggae sound, one which has had a huge appeal to the most cross-cultural and cross-generational audience in the country. Originally formed in 1997 as a Bob Marley tribute band, their uplifting and celebratory music guarantees a fantastic show.
dDub draws from a vast range of influences including Herbie Hancock, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. As a result their sound is comprised of rock, reggae and ska. One of New Zealand’s best-loved live acts, dDub use horns and vocal harmonies to create an elevating “cranking and skanking” musical experience. Since their release of the album Awake at Dawn, dDub has received internationl airplay. Later this year dDub will be touring nationally and abroad with performances in Canada and Europe.
Wednesday February 28
Cultural Clubs Day
VUW Quad 10am to 2pm
Around 50 cultural clubs, including languages, music, social, science and everything else will be set up in the Quad, showcasing what they have to offer. See what’s available, sign up for a club or start your own!
Lindon Puffin
Student Union Building Upper Deck 1-2pm
Lindon Puffi n is a sweaty, energetic folk-punk-rockabilly one-man act with a sweet guitar. Playing a combination of originals and 80s covers, Lindon will be performing an upbeat one-hour show in the intimate setting of the Upper Deck. Here’s an excuse to spend all morning drinking, because this guy probably will be too, and apparently he likes drunk, abusive crowds.
Uni Hall 8pm onwards Students $10 Non-students $20
Three of New Zealand’s top comedy acts, Dai Henwood, Sam Wills and Gish are performing at this year’s Orientation in a side-splitting, no-to-be-missed show.
Dai Henwood, the Billy T Comedy Awardwinning face of C4’s Insert Video Here, is a funny, funny man who has toured throughout New Zealand, appeared on a number of Kiwi TV shows and developed his own brand of sketch and character comedy.
‘Extreme’ comedian Sam Wills is bringing his shocking comedy-circus-magic-crazy show to Orientation, hammering nails up his nose and wedging his body in a tennis racquet frame.
Justin “Gish” Hansen, dubbed the “lyrical gangster of NZ comedy”, rounds out the night with his original and popular song parodies and unique and alternative show.
A Low Hum
San Francisco Bath House 9pm onwards Students $10 Non-students $20
Melbourne’s My Disco head across the Tasman for a must-see show with locals So So Modern, Disasteradio and Frase + Bri.
Since they formed in 2003, My Disco have taken their “angular, agitated guitar sounds and an intricate time feel” around the world, performing with acts including Deerhoof, Mogwai and The Gossip.
World-famous in Wellington, So So Modern’s upbeat, eclectic electro-jazz has earned them massive popularity nationwide, with a loyal fan following who love them for their great music, coordinated outfi ts and baking skills.
Frase + Bri formed around a year ago and have only just recently expanded past a 3 song set, with a funky, electronicky, complicated sound created from keys and an arsenal of just-working retro computers.
Luke Rowell, aka Disasteradio, formed his one-man electronic pop band in 1999. Influenced by such things as science documentaries, electricity, thrift stores and coffee, Disasteradio has since toured far and wide and gained a huge fanbase.
In true A Low Hum fashion, these bands promise energetic, frenetic and crazy live performances.
Thursday March 1
Sports Clubs Day
VUW Quad 10am to 2pm
VUWSA-affi liated sports clubs will be strutting their stuff in the Quad. Join a club, peruse sports options, puzzle over whether debating is actually a sport, and pick up lots of free stuff from sponsors. Pizza Hut is bringing a slip-and-slide so don’t forget your togs!
Student Union Building Upper Deck 1-2pm
Founded in 2001 in a bedroom in Titahi Bay, Fujansu proves greater talent than their humble beginnings suggest. These three brothers describe their sound as “phat polyfunk-jazz, reggae, soul, rock, hip hop and r&b”, and boast an ability to get crowds moving and a-shaking.
Middle Eastern Belly Dancing
Hunter Lounge 3-4pm Free (girls only)
Here’s a one-off opportunity to learn a new skill and meet new people. Shake away your winter muffi ns and learn to belly dance! Come in a skirt or trackpants and bring a small piece of cloth to be used when dancing. No experience necessary. See Acting Women’s Rights Offi cer Clelia for more info.
Super Speight’s Quiz Night
Mount St Bar & Café
4pm onwards
Think you’re pretty clever? Then come along and prove it. Questions of varying difficulty for teams of four, with heaps of prizes and giveaways. Register at the bar on the night.
The Great Debate
Memorial Theatre Student Union Building
6.30pm onwards $8 for DebSoc members $10 for non-members
The annual Great Debate has become an O-Week tradition, involving politicians, comedians, lecturers and celebrities. This year’s debate topic is “That our celebrities are good role models”. Word on the street is that there’ll be free beer. Sweet.
Mad Professor, The Upbeats
Sandwiches 10pm-3am
Students $20 Non-students $40
Mad Professor, born Neil Fraser, gained his tag from a childhood fascination with electronics. Originally from Guyana and having grown up in London, Mad Professor has established himself as a dub musician, a trip-hop producer and a musical engineer. Modest and straightforward, Mad Professor has earned a reputation as one of the best reggae producers in Britain, with his albums searching the roots of reggae and dub, fusing modern-day jungle and even getting political.
The Upbeats are a seven-year-old drum ‘n bass duo from Wellington who have recently completed tours of the US, Europe and Australia. Their soon-to-be-released album is already causing a stir overseas with their debut single entering the BBC’s Top 40 UK Dance charts. Anticipated to follow in the footsteps of breakthrough producers such as Concord Dawn, these guys stop off at our very own Orientation before a planned European tour in April.
Friday March 2
Pipitea Festival
Old Government Buildings 11am to 3pm
The Clubs Days travel to Pipitea! Sports and Cultural Clubs will be exhibited in all their clubby glory, so check out what they have to offer. Fringe performers will also be showcasing their talents, amongst stalls, giveaways, live bands, a bar area, horizontal bungy and much more. Pizza Hut, ZM and a heap of other sponsors will be giving away lots of freebies, so be sure to head down.
Student Union Building Upper Deck 1-2pm
Riding on the wave of overnight fame from Rove and South Park, Wing’s musical talents span a variety of genres, with her previous releases entitled ‘Wing Sings AC/DC’, ‘Wing Sings All Your Favourites’ and ‘Everyone Sings Carols With Wing’. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, you-won’t-believe-your-ears, must-see performance.
NOFX, Kitsch, The Offbeats
Uni Hall 8pm – midnight $50ish
NOFX are one of the most infl uential punk rock bands of our time, hailing from California they’ve been around since 1983 and have retained a solid international fan base. They satirize almost anything, and musically combine elements of skate punk, pop-punk, and twinges of ska.
They are fast, simplistic, energetic and in the name of punk ethos, they don’t give a fuck about what you think of them. A show not to be missed, with support by longstanding Auckland 3-piece punkrockers Kitsch, and 7-piece ska group The Offbeats. A killer combination sure to make a killer night.
Saturday March 3
San Francisco Bath House 4pm onwards
Student pre-sales $15, door $20
NZ’s premier ska acts return to the San Fran Skanking House, including The Offbeats, The WBC, Geneva, Skankamelia and many more. Dance away a week’s worth of indulgences to the most energetic music in town. Make sure to get your ticket early, as this is one of Orientation’s most popular annual events.
Sunday March 4
Hang Over Hangi
Te Herenga Waka Marae 40 Kelburn Parade 12pm onwards
$5 for a full hangi and two bands Relax in the sun with the hectic Orientation week behind you and enjoy some Welly tunes along with a great hangi feed.
The Phoenix Foundation was founded in 1997, and have since toured the country, played damn near everywhere and recorded the score for Taika Waititi’s Eagle Versus Shark.
Nga Tama Kino is a band of brothers who describe their music as “metally (ish) hardcore” interested in spreading the message of peace and goodwill and freeing people from the oppression of landlords, police, and ACC.
Wednesday March 7
Speight’s Suburban Safari
Starts at Mount St Bar 4pm onwards
$20 for a sweet double-decker bus ride, $10 for on-foot
Get in early to get one of 60 seats on the double-decker bus – only $20 for a limitededition shirt, seat on the bus and games, giveaways and drink specials as you explore some of Wellington’s fi nest bars.
There are also 60 places available on the foot-traffi c version for $10, which also includes the shirt, games, giveaways and drink specials.
Friday March 9
Juliette and The Licks Uni Hall
8pm – midnight Students $20 Non-students $40
You may remember Juliette Lewis from Natural Born Killers, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? or the J. Lo movie Enough (good movie). Fronted by the actress herself, Juliette and The Licks is another headline act for Ori 07. Having shared the stage with acts as diverse as Social Distortion and Turbonegro, the band played the Vans Warped Tour in 2004 before releasing its debut EP and later a full-length record in 2005. This band sounds like pop meets rock n roll meets new wave, with a huge-energy live performance and a hot chick in the front, and is a must-see for Orientation 07.