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Te Auaha gets the thumbs up

Jun 1st, 2016 | By | Category: Latest News, Multimedia, News

logo smWellington’s new 22.5 million dollar creative hub received a positive reaction from those attending a gala launch earlier this week.

Te Auaha, New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity, an undertaking by Weltec and Whitireia, will house all the art courses the institutes offer in one campus.

The two polytechnics currently have their art courses scattered around the Wellington region.

Students from various arts courses at both institutes took the opportunity to showcase their work at Tuesday’s launch.

India Loveday,  left, a musical theatre student who performed on the night,  is excited IL80about the project.

“It is awesome to finally see it come to life,” she says.


Katherine Baxter,  right, a Wellington resident who works in the Ministry of Arts and Culture, sees it as exciting for the city.

“It’s the most exciting thing to happen in Cuba Mall for a while,” she says.


Richard Finn,  left, Director of Stage & Screen Arts at Whitireia is excited about the project.

“I am really interested in the potential to collaborate with other programmes from other institutions,” he says.


Photo by Joanna Piatek

Brett Hudson, right,  a National Party list MP,  who was also at the launch is also excited to see the potential in the project.

“Wellington is already a highly creative city and this [Te Auaha] will just improve it.” He says.


Photo by Emma Moody

Keynote speaker, Arts and Culture Minister Maggie Barry, left,  was also positive about the new campus.

“The fact that students are going to be in close proximity will fuel the creativity in a very positive way which I think it will be outstanding for Wellington. Wellington already has a reputation for being a bit edgy so I think that this will enhance it further.” She says.

The 22.5 million dollar building, which will house 1000 students and staff, is set to open its doors in February 2018.

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