AUT’s Mana Hauora (MH) Building was officially opened last Friday with celebrations that included performances by the AUT choir and speeches by the Rt Honourable Bill English, Prime Minister, the AUT Vice Chancellor Derek McCormack, and student representatives.
Mana Hauora, which translates as “The Power of Wellbeing” is the first major development at the AUT South Campus in Manukau and is a reflection of the University’s commitment to providing and promoting education in the area. The campus is set to play a vital role in raising local uptake of university education, providing high quality learning spaces that double its previous capacity, with space to cater for 3000 full time students in the next three years.
Significant focus has also been placed on the University’s ability to welcome and meet the needs of the local community and businesses; and AUT South now has the capacity to host a wide range of conferences, events and functions; extending their support out into the local community.
In use since the beginning of Semester 1 of this year, Mana Hauora and the new green quad have created a heart for the southern campus; already housing activities such as O-Week. There have also been marked increases in students staying on campus outside of scheduled class times, making full use of the new collaborative, social learning spaces.
Read more about the project here.