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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 06:53 am

WATCH: New age of creative education launched with Te Auaha


A new age of creative education was unveiled last night with the brand launch of Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity.

The institute will brings together more than 1000 students each year from Weltec and Whitireia in one creative space on the corner of Cuba and Dixon Street.

Te Auaha has been designed to marked Wellington creativity nationally and internationally to students.

The centre aims to provide a modern and open learning environment to nurture student’s creative talents as well as bring them to a global stage.

Weltec and Whitireia students demonstrated their talents in performing arts, hospitality and broadcasting for the launch at Weltec’s catering school in Cuba St, a block from the new centre.

Red carpet welcomed about 200 guests into the event.

The guests were then taken upstairs and greeted by musicians, artists, aerial silk performers from the performing arts circus school and hospitality students providing drinks.

Master of ceremonies Fran Wilde said “all of this night is WelTec, Whitireia 100% Pure.”

She said it was fantastic and it will be wonderful for Wellington and world.

On the walk along the red carpet Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-brown spoke about how excited she was for the campus.

She said the campus would be good for the economy of Wellington as well as add to Wellington’s creative image.

“I’m excited about the creative hub in the creative capital of new Zealand,” Wade-Brown said.

Wellington City Councillor Nicola Young liked the prospect of having more students coming to the city.

She said it was especially important as it would be a great boost to the city’s economy.

Fran Wilde introduced Ministers Steven Joyce and Maggie Barry to speak about the campus and the benefits.

“I just think the whole concept is really good, it just makes all the sense in the world,” Joyce said.

Fairfax Group Digital Editor Mark Stevens said he was really looking forward to what the building had to offer.

“It’s not just the media industry that will benefit, but Wellington as a whole,” he said.

The $22.5 million project is part of a wider $70 million rejuvenation project of Cuba and Dixon Street, by Willis and Bond Co.

Located on the corner of Cuba and Dixon Street, the campus boasts a wide range of modern learning facilities.

The six-story, 9000 square metre building will include a 250 seat theatre, 60 seat cinema, an in-house radio station and a range of studios to provide spaces for students of any discipline.

The campus is set to open in early 2018.






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