7 Dec 2016

Kindergartens face closure as university sells land

8:12 pm on 7 December 2016

Two Wellington kindergartens are facing closure, because the university which owns the land they operate on is selling up.

Victoria University

Victoria University. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Victoria University purchased 3.7 hectares of crown-owned land - formerly the Karori teachers' college - for $10 in 2014.

It now wants to sell the land, on which two childcare centres operates.

The Wellington Kindergarten Association runs Campbell Kindergarten, and chief executive Amanda Coulston said the university could separate the small portion they operated on.

"And just say, we will sell off all the rest, but we'll keep the kindergarten and the centre operating here on the terms of the lease that they have had for the last 30 years."

But Victoria University said it had offered central and local government the chance to buy land, but had not had any interest.

University vice-chancellor Professor Grant Guilford said it had asked the Ministry of Health and the Wellington City Council if they want to buy the land - but neither had said yes.

He said the university was meeting with both childcare centres, and understood their concerns.