About the CBD campus development

The University of Waikato is leading the development of the Tauranga CBD tertiary campus on behalf of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership.  The new campus, which will open by 2019, is located in the heart of Tauranga city and will consolidate the University’s current tertiary offerings and presence within the Bay of Plenty region.

The University has been active in the Bay of Plenty since the 1990's, when it first formed an alliance with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic to provide more opportunities for tertiary education in the region. This alliance was formalised in 2006 with the establishment of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership, which later expanded to include Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and Waiariki Institute of Technology.

Currently, the University of Waikato is based across multiple locations in the Bay of Plenty including Windermere Campus and the Bongard Centre (shared with the Polytechnic), the Coastal Marine Field Station, the Institute for Professional Learning and the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance. You can find out more about the University of Waikato in Tauranga here. For details about the range of university qualifications currently available in the Bay click here

The vision for the new University-led campus in the CBD

The Partnership has a clear and strong vision for the facility. It will be a vibrant, exciting and engaging community and industry hub providing targeted undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, together with applied research creating solutions to regional issues.

The campus will feature a research and innovation centre, it will be high-tech and available for community use and will support the other activities in the region undertaken by the University of Waikato. The building itself will feature a future-proof design with very flexible spaces so it is able to cater to changing styles of teaching and learning.

The aim is provide a world-class, university-led campus to fill the missing link in the network of tertiary campuses in the Bay of Plenty. The campus, to be set in the Tauranga CBD, will feature purpose-built space for leading academics (including Chairs), researchers and teaching staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students, industry and community collaborations and commercialisation activities. Download the vision for the new campus.

Support from the Region for the campus development

Key regional agencies such as Priority One, SmartGrowth and Tauranga City Council have worked actively with the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership to ensure a University-led campus can be established in the Tauranga CBD. Tauranga City Council has provided land for the campus, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has provided $15 million, and the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust has funded another $15 million.The project has been flagged in many regional planning documents including the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Strategy 2014 – 2019.

Two stages in campus development project

The first stage, planned to be open no later than 2019, involves constructing a building capable of delivering world class tertiary education to 1000 Equivalent Full Time Students, (or about 1,435 actual students) in any given year. The second stage, currently planned for completion in 2040, will give the capacity for a further 500 Equivalent Full Time Students, (or approximately 717 actual students) in any given year.

The campus will be designed to provide a high-tech University environment with flexible, innovative space for teaching and learning, and collaborations with local and regional industries and businesses. It will provide a dynamic exciting environment for students from all levels and backgrounds and will be an integral part of the regional infrastructure.

A site for centres of excellence

The campus will host centres of excellence in sectors of competitive advantage for the region and support multiple University research field stations, including the Coastal Marine Field Station.

The building will include a Research and Innovation Centre dedicated to encouraging and catalysing entrepreneurship and business incubation and commercialisation activity. Facilities within the campus will also be available for community use where appropriate.

Location of the new Tauranga CBD campus

Durham St carpark in central Tauranga
The current Durham St carpark in central Tauranga that will become home to hundreds of students when it opens by 2019.
A map showing the site of the Tauranga CBD campus development which is due to open to students by 2019.