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Inter-College Competition - Tauwhāinga Kāreti

Whakawhānaukataka – The meaning of Inter-College

A mana enhancing concept and value that enables students to create connections and a sense of belonging.

The Inter-College Competition/Tauwhāinga Kāreti is a world-leading sport, cultural and games programme run for first-year residential college students.

You won't find a university competition this big anywhere else in New Zealand. With 28 events spread across semesters 1 and 2, there is sure to be something for everyone.

If you love it so much you can't give it up at the end of your first year, we have plenty of opportunities available for alumni to stay involved. 

Some of our highlight events

  • University Collegiate Sports Day
  • Women's Rugby Tournament
  • Wild Card Festival
  • Cultural Performance Evening
  • Big Sing
  • Dodgeball
  • Quiz Night
  • Inter-College Awards Dinner

Hayward students clapping

Programme for 2021

Find out what's in store for 2021

Homai te pakipaki! (Give us a clap) 

Pakipaki is what makes the Inter-College Competition special. This simple word encompasses the true meaning of the competition which is to applaud or clap. We see this word to mean more than just clapping, but to encourage and cheer on everyone.

You will see this value come to play in several different competitive and participation events, where students' encouragement of others truly defines the unique atmosphere of our events. This competition prides itself on its ability to help foster relationships and whānau through shared experiences, helping students create a first-year experience they will never forget.

Keep up to date with what's going on throughout the year

Inter-College Competition website