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Whitireia campus moves into Paraparaumu

Nov 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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NEW LOCATION: The Kapiti campus is moving to Mitre 10.

Whitireia Polytechnic is on the move into Paraparaumu after 15 years at Lindale.

Whitireia chief executive Don Campbell says the move to the Kapiti Rd site currently occupied by Mitre 10 will bring many benefits for the polytech and students.

Mr Campbell says the move has been on the cards for a while because students numbers have been declining for some time.

“The campus at Lindale is out of the loop in terms of transport and visibility, it’s not in the right place.

“The campus needs to be closer to where people can access it as it is no longer suitable for where people want to be.”

He says 17,000 vehicles go up that road every day and the new building provides more flexible options for students wanting to enrol because it is near a bus route and shops.

Mr Campbell says he is considering moving programmes from the Porirua campus to the new Kapiti one which may bring more benefits.

The Kapiti campus currently has 372 students or 107 equivalent full time students.

It holds 14 programmes ranging from professional photography and cookery to certificate in aviation.

The decision to move the campus took six months to make because the Lindale location is so nice, Mr Campbell says.

Mitre 10 will be moving to the new airport development business park because it will provide the store with more room for its stock.

From April 2011 construction will begin to turn the current building into a 1100 square metre open floor plan.

Additional space on a mezzanine floor will also be added.

TSE Architects have been employed to work with Whitireia on the design and fit-out for the campus.

Mr Campbell says Whitireia is likely to sell its Lindale buildings once the move is complete.

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