Windermere Campus

Te Ara o Mauao | Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Greenstone Group were appointed project manager for the new addition, Te Ara o Mauao, to the Windermere campus.

The 3500 sq m building, Te Ara o Mauao, features modern, flexible learning environments for students from all subject areas.  It will offer creative arts students modern sound recording studios and purpose-built spaces for art, graphics and photography.  Te Ara o Mauao is the first stage of a four-part campus redevelopment over the next 10 to 15 years.

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“The new facility is preparation for the future and a major step forward in the development of Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty” John Cronin, Bay of Plenty Regional CouncillorNew Zealand Herald

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The long-term goal of the multi-million dollar campus redevelopment project is to create modern flexible learning spaces with both internal and external pedestrian streets enabling a better flow through the Windermere campus with an identifiable ‘heart’ in the centre of the campus for students and staff to enjoy.

“It is impressive,” the institute’s Meg Jones, Marketing & Communications manager – New Zealand Herald

Te Ara o Mauao features modern lecture theaters complete with the latest video conferencing and presentation technologies, new state-of-the-art trades workshops built to emulate industry, as well as refurbished graphic design computer labs.  The name of the new building, gifted by local iwi, serves as a metaphor for the journey students undertake. Just as Mauao was caught by the morning light, so too will students caught in the light of knowledge and understanding.  


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“The Polytechnic’s Campus Directional Plan spans 10 – 15 years to facilitate current needs and growth. The aim is to replace many of the relocatable buildings, create a new campus ‘heart’, providing connectivity of the campus which will link new and existing buildings, and creating new landscaped areas for students and staff to enjoy.  It is pleasing to see the plan materialising into an actual build.” Anthony Robertson, Corporate Service Director at the PolytechnicBay of Plenty Polytechnic

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