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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 01:48 am

Creative leader predicts new campus centre will light up Wellington

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Wellington Deputy Mayor Justin Lester does the official honours to begun demolition and construction for the city’s new creative technologies campus. IMAGE: Supplied

THE man who lit up Wellington’s 150th birthday is excited about the creative possibilities of the new polytechnic arts and performance centre on Cuba Street.

Construction has just began following a ceremony led by Te Ati Awa iwi in late August.

Steve LaHood says the overlap of creative mediums in the new campus for Whitireia and WelTec polytechnics will benefit both the students and the creative companies in the city.

Mr LaHood is an artist from Story Inc and is helping with the planning of Cuba Central.

He says it is hard to know exactly what creative projects will come from the future collaborations but he is excited to see what will happen.

“The students will be able to play a big part in the prototyping of exhibitions and I think this kind of interaction is a big leap for the students,” he says.

The new campus will be completed by 2018 and is expected to be a hub for creativity, says the chair of WelTec and Whitireia, Roger Sowry.

“Whitireia and WelTec see this as a hugely innovative development. The centre will provide opportunities for students and staff to learn in a world-class campus right in the heart of Wellington,” he says.

Mr Sowry says the development is a turning point for tertiary education in Wellington.

The campus will house around 1000 students, both domestic and international.

As well as becoming a student hub, the new building will keep the façade to maintain the Cuba Street atmosphere.

“This will be a campus like no other in the world. Our distinctive culture and heritage will be celebrated in a fantastic modern learning environment,” Mr Sowry says.

Wellington Deputy Mayor Justin Lester says the new centre is part of a new “invest to grow” strategy, which is being supported by the Wellington City Council.

“Students from Cuba Central will breathe new life into the inner city precinct around Victoria and Cuba streets,” he says.


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