"I think Adopt a Student is a great idea. When I was at university I somehow found an extended whānau through a local church and I think having those people around me at the time really got me through all the stress and confusion that goes from leaving home and figuring life out. Ka rawe to mahi e hoa."
"What a fantastic idea. I was very fortunate that at 17 as a student at Otago Uni I was "adopted" by Bernie. We met through inter club squash. I'd just arrived in Dunedin, was homesick and she took me under her wing. Like a big sister. Helped me through the ups and downs, cooked me dinners, gave me a safe place to be, and we had a heap of fun along the way. Thirty years later - we are still friends. I'd love to help with your initiative. Every student should have a Bernie."
" Wow, 30 years ago since I met Kristen. And anyone thinking of doing this I can vouch for how rewarding it can be! Lots of fun along the way and a lifelong friend. Let's do this! Brought a tear to my eye."