A KING'S BLESSING: King Tuheitia dedicated the Maharaia building in honour of Dr Maharaia Winiata. The King's brother, Maharaia Paki, is his namesake.
A new building used by the University of Waikato and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has been officially opened.
King Tuheitia dedicated the building at a ceremony on February 11.
The Maharaia building was named after the distinguished educator and community leader Dr Maharaia Winiata (Ngati Ranginui, Bay of Plenty). His work with Māori in the Waikato region saw him form lasting bonds with the Kingitanga movement, including joining the council of the then Māori King Koroki. Maharaia Paki, King Tuheitia’s brother, is a member of the University of Waikato Council.
Hundreds of people attended the dedication, including representatives from the university, the polytechnic, industry and the community. Also present was the head of the Tertiary Education Commission, Professor Roy Sharp. The $4.6 million partnership building was partially funded by the Tertiary Education Commission.
The two-storey building is in the middle of the main Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Windermere campus. The light and airy atrium reaches the full height of the building, which contains offices and several large conference rooms. The new building will also provide study space for post-graduate students. Also unveiled at the building opening was artwork commissioned for the building.
University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says the new building will allow the institutions to better deliver on their commitment to excellence in all aspects of tertiary education in Tauranga.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: University of Waikato Professor Pou Temara was one of many speakers who acknowledged the partnership and the opening of the building on the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Windermere Campus.
“Co-locating our staff will boost our partnership, and allow us to achieve the scale and standard of intellectual output necessary to drive innovation, entrepreneurialism and productivity in one of the country’s fastest-growing regional economies.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Doug Sutton and PVC Maori Professor Linda Smith spoke on behalf of the university at the ceremony.
DEDICATION: University of Waikato Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Doug Sutton spoke at the dedication of the Maharaia building, the university and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic's partnership building.
ALL TOGETHER NOW: King Tuheitia is flanked by Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Council Chair Andrea Marsh, and University of Waikato Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Doug Sutton after the dedication ceremony of the Maharaia building.