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Friday, 26 April 2019 01:35 am

Te Auaha NZ Institute of Applied Creativity launched in capital


Steven Joyce interviewed at the Te Auaha launch by NewsWire journalist Larissa Toelupe. Image: Joanna Piatek

THE red carpet’s been rolled out in Wellington tonight for the launch of a new $22.5 million campus – Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity.

Te Auaha will eventually release more than a 1000 graduates a year into New Zealand’s flourishing film, creative technology and applied arts industries.

The campus on the corner of Cuba and Dixon streets brings together arts, design, media and creative technology programmes run by education providers Whitireia and Weltec.

At a gala event in Cuba St about 200 industry leaders, business people and politicians are getting a first hand look at the work being done by students and programmes that will be calling the new campus home.

Te Auaha will provide what is being called a dynamic learning environment for students with world class facilities.

They include a performance theatre, in-house cinema, music studios, photographic studios, workshops, hair and make up studios and digital labs.

“Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity will be unique in New Zealand bringing together an incredible range of tertiary education options for aspiring film directors, producers, musicians, artists and artisans, jewellers, photographers, graphic designers, animators, broadcasters and stage and screen performers,” says Roger Sowry, council chair of Whitireia and Weltec.

Te Auaha located will open for learning in early 2018.

The campus build is part of a wider $70 million development of the old DEKA building by Willis Bond & Co.

Graduate and student journalists are also covering the event live streaming on the Whitireia and Weltec Facebook pages, and on Periscope.

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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