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New Tauranga campus, new vision for the Bay of Plenty

16 April 2019

The University of Waikato‘s Chancellor has officially opened the new Tauranga Campus.

Staff, senior leaders and supporters gathered in Tauranga on Monday for a ribbon-untying ceremony to open the $60 million campus development.

The new campus, led by the University of Waikato on behalf of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership, enhances the range of qualifications and study options available to students in the Bay of Plenty. The campus development has been made possible through the support and drive of the region, especially the key funders: Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust.

Staff and stakeholders at the official opening.

University of Waikato Chancellor the Rt Hon James Bolger thanked all involved in bringing the project to life, including key supporters. “On behalf of the University I thank the iwi of Tauranga Moana for working with us on the vision from the outset, and to our advisors, leaders and artists who have guided the process of bringing history and heritage to the building through amazing artworks and cultural installations. Jasmax, Greenstone, Hawkins Construction, RLB Consultants, and other consultants such as Beca were also key in this project.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley said that it was the beginning of a new era for the University of Waikato in the Bay of Plenty, with the institution becoming deeply embedded in the Bay’s social and economic systems, and transforming Tauranga into a true university city. “To us this means enhancing social outcomes, contributing to economic growth and being a catalyst for change, regionally, nationally and internationally. We see ourselves as an enabler of education – giving people from any th the opportunity to access higher education and transform their life prospects.”

So far in 2019, over 900 individual students are using the new campus, a 32% increase on the same time last year.  There are 31 general staff in Tauranga: 50 academic staff, and 36 academics visiting regularly from the Hamilton Campus. An open day will be held shortly to welcome the wider community onto the new campus.


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