Tauranga Campus Opening
You will have heard the buzz of a new and improved University of Waikato campus opening in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD. Located on Durham street, this campus is a vibrant and engaging multipurpose space where students, researchers, and the community can work together. The campus will have capacity for around 1500 students a year, with further development planned as demand grows.
We have received the certificate for public use for part of the building, an important step in allowing us to enter the building and start classes; the first of which have begun in the computer laboratories. We have also had the ground floor and levels one, two and three handed over to us, which means fit out, testing and the familiarisation programme for staff is underway, to ensure a seamless transition for students. Some key timelines are as follows:
- Mid-March: fit out, testing and staff familiarisation programme
- Early April: student services to set up on level one
- Early April: all classes to start from the new campus
- Early April: level four completed and remaining staff to move in
- Official opening: this will be confirmed in due course
I’m pleased to share that we have increased our EFTS in Tauranga by 130, compared with this time last year. The Kaimai Shuttle and Katikati bus services also started last week, and it has been pleasing to hear that both services are already attracting strong numbers.
These are really important milestones, and achieving these is thanks to a large number of people who have gone the extra mile, including working extra hours and working across the organisation in the best interests of the University.
A dawn karakia occurred to bless the new space and begin the process of opening this building to the public. You can read more about this here.
For a full list of the programmes offered in Tauranga, you can check out our website.