Re-Orientation at all campuses 2022

Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome! Talofa lava! Malo e lelei!

Coming to Laidlaw College, you are entering into a community that has been shaped by the Gospel and sustained by God’s faithfulness for one hundred years! At Laidlaw, we learn together so that we are better equipped to renew God’s world. Re-Orientation Week is our opportunity to welcome you back or for the first time; to introduce you to (or re-connect you with) the Laidlaw whānau; and to help orient and re-orient you on this part of your study journey. 

Returning students - we want this week to be a time for refreshment and renewal – to replenish you with some encouragement and energy before we dive into another semester of lectures, assessments, and learning. During the week you will: meet with lecturers and classmates, receive support and study advice about the coming semester, reflect back and look ahead, worship, eat, and pray together. See which days we expect you to join us:


Save these dates in your diary: 18-22 July 2022 for all New and Returning Students. 

We can’t wait to see you! 
The Laidlaw College Re-Orientation Team

We look forward to hanging out and catching up in person and making some spaces for fun and reflection. This week will have plenty of opportunities for relational connection and conversations to build a bridge back into your study semester. Please note that Counselling, Education and Theology will be hosting their events on different days (similar to our February 2022 Orientation). Come and join us for our community campus days and the programme day(s) for your studies.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our community. During the week you will meet your lecturers and classmates, receive support and study advice about the semester ahead, worship, laugh and eat together. We can’t wait to meet you!

We will be welcoming new and returning Distance Learning students online via Zoom on Wednesday 20 July at 7:30 pm. The Zoom link will be emailed to you closer to the time.

If you are able and interested we would love to welcome you onsite at one of our campuses. Check out the schedule for the campus nearest you and let us know if you're able to join us! We're eating community lunches most days and would love to have you at the table with us.

Whakawhanaungatanga: A warm welcome into the Laidlaw community with opportunities to connect with fellow students and staff and share kai together. 

Study details: We will provide support for you to complete your personal and study admin tasks, and introduce you to academic student life at Laidlaw College.

Communication: We will keep you up-to-date via email, Facebook and our website and are here to answer your questions as best we can!

Whakawhanaungatanga: Your presence and participation. Let’s do this together. Come and get to know us!

Study details: We expect you to have completed your personal administrative tasks to be ready for your study and be prepared to learn more from us about what the semester has in store. Come and see us during O-week to finalise: public trust forms, study contracts and student ID cards. We can also support you with changes to course selections.

Communication: We expect you to ask questions if something isn’t clear or you don’t understand. No question is too silly.

We plan to gather in person, but if circumstances change we will update the following timetables with the necessary zoom links.  

An additional Online welcome session for all distance-learning students nationally will be held on Wednesday evening 20 July, 7:30pm. 


Orientation schedules and sessions: Lisl Baker [email protected]
Student and community life: Jenny Mackie [email protected] 
Manukau students: Imoa Setefano [email protected]

Programme specific questions:  
Education & Counselling: Tracey Hunt [email protected]
Theology: Brittany Hartmann [email protected] 

Course selection – Theology: Fiona Sherwin [email protected]
Course selection – Counselling and Education: Tracey Hunt [email protected]
Study Contracts: Rita Liu [email protected]

Māori Student Support: Sharon Pihema [email protected]
Pasifika Student Support Advisor:
Moira Krishna [email protected]

Library related support, including login issues: Jeremy Adams [email protected], or
Joanna Sharp [email protected] for general library queries



All general Christchurch campus and student questions can be directed to Gill Pawson [email protected] or Jess Hall [email protected].

Course advising – Theology: Rowena Stevenson [email protected]
Course advising – Counselling:
Sue Dodge [email protected]
Course advising – Education:
Miriam Fisher [email protected]

Library related support: Jess Hall [email protected] 



All distance learning students can contact Phil Cope [email protected] for more information.