22 Dec 2012

Te Wananga o Aotearoa moves to Massey campus

4:14 pm on 22 December 2012

Maori tertiary education institution Te Wananga o Aotearoa has moved its staff and students in Palmerston North onto Massey University's Hokowhitu site in the Manawatu.

The wananga's move follows the signing of a two-year lease agreement with the university with rights of renewal in 2014 and 2016.

It followed a ceremony to hand over guardianship of Te Kupenga o te Matauranga marae to the wananga.

The marae opened in 1980 on the grounds of what was then the Palmerston North Teachers' College, which became part of Massey University in 1996.

Under the agreement with Massey, Te Wananga o Aotearoa will have about 60 staff and up to 600 students using several buildings at the Hokowhitu campus.

The wananga will share the site with Massey staff and existing tenants, which include Tu Toa School, which provides secondary education for students with a focus on excellence within a culture built on Maori values.