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Blessing given at Tauranga CBD campus site

17 March 2017

Tga blessing

Peri Kohu (Ngāi Tamarāwaho) performs the blessing.

The new Tauranga CBD campus development, led by the University of Waikato on behalf of the Tertiary Education Partnership, has reached a milestone. 

A dawn karakia was held on Friday 10 March to mark the beginning of site preparation for the Durham Street campus.

Led by Peri Kohu of Ngāi Tamarāwaho with elders of Tauranga Moana in support, the ceremony focussed on acknowledging the land and those who will be working on the site to prepare it for construction. 

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Alister Jones says it’s exciting to see work starting on the site.  

“The new campus will enable more students to stay and study in the Bay and we will work closely with our tertiary partners to extend the range of qualifications and study options for students in the region.”

Construction work is expected to commence mid-year and will be marked by an event with regional funders (Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust) and other key stakeholders.

The new campus will enable more students to stay and study in the Bay. The University is working closely with its tertiary partners Toi Ohomai and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi to extend the range of qualifications and study options for students in the region.