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Crowd wowed by talent, launch for Te Auaha

May 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Lead Story


From left Fran Wilde, Mayor Celia Wade Brown, and joint polytechs council chair Roger Sowry at the launch. Images: Joanna Piatek

Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity was launched tonight to 200 invited guests in Wellington.

The launch included an array of live performances showcasing the best from the new Institute’s programmes, alongside speeches from Minister for Tertiary Education Skills and Employment Steven Joyce and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Maggie Barry.

High profile creative sector ambassadors were announced at the event to represent Te Auaha.

The inaugural ambassadors drawn from a number of the areas in which Whitireia and WelTec teach are: renowned writer Dame Fiona Kidman; creative performance director and entrepreneur Dame Suzie Moncrieff; musician and composer Barnaby Weir; digital technologist Scott Houston; makeup artist Gino Acevedo; and internationally acclaimed choreographer Malia Johnston.

Te Ahaha’s campus will be on the corner of Cuba and Dixon streets, and guests were entertained a block away tonight in the Weltec catering school.

MC for the night was Joint Whitireia and Weltec council member Fran Wilde, a former mayor of Wellington and chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

She says the new building will be a great attraction for students from all over New Zealand.

“It’s fantastic, it’ll be wonderful for Wellington.

Mark Stevens, Group Editor of Fairfax Digital was excited to see what the new centre can offer.

“It’s great not just for the [media] industry but for Wellington as a whole,” Mark Stevens said

Mark McGuiness of building owner Willis Bond described the new $70 million building is a great opportunity for Wellingtons young people.

Wellington City Councillor and mayoral hopeful Nicola Young says she is excited for the combined centre.

“It’s not just good for Wellington it’s good for the economy it’s good for the pulse of the city and its right here in Wellington,” she said.

Young said she thinks the location is great for Wellingtons student population.

Mayor Celia Wade Brown says the new centre will draw in more students which is good for a range of industries in the city.

She said it will be a great boost for the hospitality industry due to the location on Cuba Street.

“I’m very excited for the creative hub in the creative capital of New Zealand,” she said.

Wellington City Councillor Jo Coughlan said they had been working with the polytechs and were looking forward to the launch and building opening: “Cuba St will be on fire.”

Construction of Te Kāhui Auaha is well underway and will include an impressive array of learning spaces including 9,000m2 of dance studios, rehearsal and performance spaces, recording studios, mixing rooms and an in-house radio station, studios and salons for hair, beauty and make-up artistry, workshops for woodwork, jewellery making and sculpture, film photography studio and dark rooms, a 250 seat theatre and a 60 seat cinema.


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