Project updates

By 2019 the Bay of Plenty will have a new University-led CBD tertiary campus and students will have even greater study options in the region. We've got a number of milestones to be achieved along the way, which you can read about below. View our News and Events page for related information on the project.

Milestone DateCompleted
Heads of Agreement signed May 2015 Milestone completed 
Project Manager appointed August 2015 Milestone completed 
Development contract signed September 2015 Milestone completed 
Architect appointed December 2015 Milestone completed 
Design concept approved October 2016  
Construction starts July 2017 
Campus opens 2019 

Key milestones in the development of the central city campus

Now Open - May 2019

June 2017 - Construction of campus

Hawkins Construction has been awarded the contract to construct the University’s Tauranga CBD Campus, a key milestone for the project. Activity on the Durham Street site began in July 2017. The campus is scheduled to open in 2019.

March 2017 - Blessing given as Tauranga site work begins

The new Tauranga CBD campus development has reached a significant milestone. A dawn karakia was held on Friday 10 March to mark the beginning of site preparation for the Durham Street campus. The ceremony was led by the elders of Ngāi Tamarāwaho to acknowledge those who will be working on the site to prepare it for construction. 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.

April 2016 - Appointment of Academic Director

The University of Waikato has appointed Associate Professor Ken Perszyk to the position of Academic Director – Tauranga CBD Campus Development. He takes up the position in July. The position reports to Professor Alister Jones, the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Ken will be responsible for leading the activity required to open a fully operational campus in Tauranga with staff, students, teaching and research activity.

The University has appointed an internal Project Manager and a Project Coordinator who will support the Academic Director with the University activity required over the next four years to establish the campus.  In addition they will provide a link with the services of the project management company overseeing the design/construct project.