WE LTEC ANNUAL REPORT 2015
WelTec provides a significant contribution to the Health and Social Services sector from its Auckland campus, with 148 EFTS delivered in 2015 across counselling, alcohol and drug, supervision, trauma and youth development programmes. During 2015 agreement was reached to share Whitireia facilities in Auckland. Space in the existing WelTec campus in Wakefield Street was redesigned and refitted as classrooms for use by WelTec and Whitireia staff while the Whitireia campus at 450 Queen Street was opened to WelTec staff and students and provided them with better access to a wider range of facilities and services than has previously been possible. The Students First Partnership delivered another milestone with the opening of stage one of the Wellington Regional School of Construction at Petone. This purpose built campus, opened by the Hon Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister, is at a prominent site at the gateway to the Hutt Valley and is a fantastic facility for construction and related trades students to learn in a modern environment.
Left: Shared campus with Whitireia in Auckland, located at 450 Queen Street. Bottom: Groundbreaking ceremony for creative technologies and applied arts campus. Image of the campus at night by Fit-Out Architect CGM+Foster.
The campus incorporates the latest in design features and building practice. The building’s significant scale and location heralds entry to the Hutt Valley so staff worked closely with the Hutt City Council to ensure a suitable design was approved. Construction and the infrastructure sector are key areas of growth for the Wellington economy. The $11M investment demonstrates the Council’s commitment to training people in these industries, with two main hubs centred in Petone and Porirua and preparatory programmes available across the Wellington region.
Another major achievement for Students First was progress on the institutions’ new campus in the central Wellington arts precinct of Cuba/Dixon Streets. This development represents a significant investment into creative technologies, film, arts and applied arts industries in Wellington. A Whakawatea blessing ceremony, led by Te Atiawa, was held on site prior to demolition and building work starting. A ground breaking ceremony was held on 17 August 2015 where Council Chair Roger Sowry turned the first soil on site. Wellington’s Deputy Mayor Justin Lester, members of the creative technologies and arts community, and from central government attended the function. The focus then moved to planning for the fit-out of the campus. The designs for the campus fit-out were approved and a Prime Property Contractor – LT McGuinness was appointed to undertake the work. This partner-centric approach to construction is the first of its kind in the tertiary education sector, and challenges the standard design bid build approach common in the wider construction sector. The successful preferred supplier, LT McGuinness will work closely with Whitireia and WelTec in delivering the ten year capital plan.