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Whitireia Porirua campus opens ‘world class’ health facility

Mar 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News

“WORLD-CLASS facility” was how people were describing the new Wikitoria Katene health building opened at Whitireia’s Porirua Campus last Wednesday.

The new health education facilities were officially opened by the Minister of Health Tony Ryall (pictured above cutting the ribbon with Whitireia Polytechnic faculty of heath dean Dr Kathryn Holloway).

He said the building was long-awaited and a state-of-the-art facility.

“There’s a world-class simulation suite where I got the chance to incubate a patient. They have manikins which blink and breathe.

“It’s a good place for students to practice clinical skills.”

The facility will accommodate about 1000 students studying a range of health subjects including nursing, paramedics training and social work.

Roger Sowry, chairman of the Combined Council of WelTec and Whitireia, said the new building lifts the level of quality of education in the district.

“It is an asset, not only a teaching asset for our students but also as a place for conferences. From a marketing point of view it works very well.”

He said it fits in well with the long-term plans for Weltec and Whitireia.

Mr Sowry also commented on how Whitireia paid for the building without having to borrow any money.

Whitireia chief executive Don Campbell said about $2million of the $17.1million spent on the building went on smart technology for the classrooms.

“There are smart boards in every classroom. There is wi-fi throughout the building.”

The building was designed by Michael Melville, of CGM + Foster Architects and named Wikitoria Katene after a Maori nurse. The name of the building was gifted to them in 2008 from Ngati Toa.

The artwork on the columns, tilt slabs and windows were designed by former Whitireia whakairo tutor James Molnar.

Third-year nursing student Jessica Carr says the building has a “nice learning feel”.

“The smart boards are quite cool. It feels more high-tech and feels like a more of a professional learning environment.”

Photos supplied by Whitireia.

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