The University of Waikato’s new Tauranga Campus was officially opened recently. Former Prime Minister and University of Waikato Chancellor, Hon Jim Bolger, cut the ribbon, which sees the first stage of the $60 million campus development opened.
Jasmax Principal on the project, Neil Martin, says the team was proud to deliver this aspirational project on behalf of the Tauranga and Bay of Plenty communities. The project is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose teaching and research facility. Mana whenua engagement with Ngai Tamarawaho was instrumental in informing the brief and was integrated into the design process from early concepts through to the final implementation of detail and artworks.
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 the opportunity to access higher education and transform their life prospects.”