New NorthTec Kaikohe campus is a boost for mid North

30 August 2016

The opening of a new NorthTec campus in Kaikohe is a commitment to education in the mid North and will enable a wider range of qualifications to be taught in the area.

NorthTec is currently fitting out the new learning centre at 4 Station Road, and will formally open the campus on Monday, 19 September.

Staff, students, stakeholders and members of the local community will take part in a powhiri at 10am, followed by a blessing of the new premises. The opening day will also include entertainment provided by local schools.

Formerly used by Top Energy, the two-storey building was this year identified as an excellent base for NorthTec in the mid North.
Until now, the qualifications offered in Kaikohe were limited by the teaching space available at NorthTec’s premises in Park Road. Some lessons were taught off-campus, meaning that staff and students were split between several small venues.

The new campus means all Kaikohe students and staff can be based in one centre, and there is more space available for teaching.
Programmes to be offered at the new centre initially include agriculture, automotive studies, forestry, carpentry, painting, computing, foundation studies, sustainable land development, horticulture and commercial transport.

Vern Dark, Chair of NorthTec, said the new campus created an excellent space for learning and represented NorthTec’s commitment to tertiary education provision in the mid North. He said: “It will enable us to offer a wider variety of programmes, which are aligned to the Te Tai Tokerau labour market and meet the needs of industry and our local communities.”

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