Wednesday June 14, 2017
Future of Karori Campus still unknown By Julia Czerwonatis
Ryman Retirement Villages have announced they were interested in buying the Karori Campus to build a new retirement village. “We would love to talk to Victoria University if the Karori campus were to come up for sale. We think it is a great site in a well-established Wellington suburb,” David King, Ryman’s Corporate Affairs Manager, said. “New Zealand has a rapidly
ageing population, and Wellington is no exception, so we think demand is only going to grow. “The number of Kiwis aged 75 plus is set to nearly triple over the next 30 years, so quality retirement living options will be in demand,” David added. The former Teachers’ College owned by Victoria University if Wellington was stopped being used as the university relocated their education hub to the Kelburn campus. A group of residents established the Save Karori Campus
Campaign (SKCC) last year. They have other plans for using the campus: “Our preliminary ideas for the use of a re-developed campus include spaces for commercial activities leased at market rates, spaces for community activities and innovative developments and a conference centre,” Richard Bentley from SKCC said. He believes the campus has a lot of potential and could become a vivid community and commercial hub for Karori. In collaboration with the Wel-
lington City Council, the group decided in March to use the Public Works Act to seek acquisition of land from the university. Victoria agreed to put their plans for selling the property on hold for now until a solution has been found. The council considers buying land for a new car park to be used for Karori Pool users. “The Ministry of Education is also interested in investing in a technology hub for schools in the neighbourhood,” Onslow-Western Ward Councillor Andy Foster said. “There is little commercial space in Karoriconsiderable interest in the community for more,” Mr Foster explained. He said the council was interested in exploring different options. The best solution would be a plan that suits all parties involved. The portfolio leader for Urban Development also emphasised that the Karori Campus buildings were in great condition and destroying them would decrease the value of the property.
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T he Wellington College of Education moved to the Karori campus in 1970. In 2016 the education hub was relocated from Karori to Victoria’s Kelburn campus and has since been empty. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
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homelessness, a condition that roOm encounters a lot in his position as a firefighter. “I’ve been working for the Fire Service for 22 years so my job entails helping people in bad situations,” roOm explained. “I’ve seen homelessness escalating enormously over the last 10 years. Many of the locations and objects in this series reference the state of the homeless person.” Carla Russell, Executive Director of the NZ Art Show, was delighted by roOm’s win. “All the finalists were outstanding, and over the course of the weekend the voting was very close: it was not clearly obvious who was leading and I felt that voting could have gone any way,” Carla said. “roOm’s piece is strangely evocative: there is an eerie mystery surrounding this work and it clearly resonated with the voters.”
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