New NorthTec Kaikohe campus opened in style

21 September 2016

New NorthTec Kaikohe campus opened in style

NorthTec staff, students and members of the community gathered on Monday (19 September) to launch the new campus in Kaikohekohe.

The campus in the heart of Kaikohekohe at 22 Memorial Drive (previously the Top Energy building) came to life with a pōwhiri, blessing of the building, and performances by local school students.

Around 200 people poured in to the new learning centre, which features classrooms, a computer suite, trades workshops and common rooms for students and staff.

After blessing the buildings and a carved pou dedicated to the new centre, NorthTec kaumātua, Hohepa Rudolph, and Ngāpuhi kaumātua, Wattie Erueti, led a pōwhiri in the grounds of the campus. It was attended by members of the NorthTec Council, staff, students, stakeholders and the local community.

NorthTec Chairman, Vern Dark, thanked all the staff who had been involved with the development, and the Kaikohekohe-based painting students who had worked hard to prepare the interior for the opening.

Graham Smith, NorthTec’s Deputy Director of Trades and Primary Industries, said the new campus was for the people of the mid North and the wider Te Tai Tokerau communities. It represented a major commitment by NorthTec to widening the scope of tertiary education for all in the region, he said.

Community members who spoke at the pōwhiri said the new centre was a great boost for Kaikohekohe, and urged people to use it to gain a tertiary education.

After the pōwhiri the young people of the area were represented, with the Northland College kapa haka group, Te Ara Whānui, giving a stirring performance, while the dancers from Demonstrate Da Flow hip-hop studios wowed with their moves.