New education chapter begins
A new lease on education has begun in Palmerston North for the Hokowhitu campus, which has officially changed hands.
Massey University's College of Education has rolled out the welcome mat for fellow training provider Te Wananga o Aotearoa, and farewelled its Hokowhitu campus for good yesterday.
The College of Education, formerly the Palmerston North Teachers' College, has been located on the 10.1-hectare site on the edge of the Hokowhitu Lagoon for more than 30 years.
Education staff held a farewell last month before they began the staged move across the Manawatu River to Turitea.
Massey vice-chancellor Steve Maharey welcomed the new tenants during a lunchtime ceremony on Wednesday, saying it was a "sad but positive day" to farewell the first home of the university's education faculty.
Hundreds of Massey staff and students will move up the hill to Massey's Turitea campus in 2013 as part of a $57 million shakeup.
It will be rebranded as an Institute of Education, with a change in course delivery planned to focus on postgraduate-level teacher training.
The land was offered for lease earlier this year.
Te Wananga o Aotearoa signed an agreement with Massey University for the lease, starting yesterday, and which will be valid for two years, with further rights of renewal on offer in 2014 and 2016.
More than 100 people from Massey University and Te Wananga o Aotearoa turned out at the Hokowhitu campus to hand over Massey's Te Kupenga o Te Matauranga marae in a ceremonial exchange.
Addresses were given by Maori academic Trevor Moeke, Rangitaane chairman Manahi Paewai and Massey Te Reo Maori Professor Taiarahia Black.
The Hokowhitu campus was established in 1980, when the site was part of the former Palmerston North Teachers' College.
The marae was the first in New Zealand to be built on a tertiary education campus.
Te Wananga o Aotearoa will use the marae as well as the two-storey Whareiti building and its annex, which will become home to about 60 staff and up to 600 students. They will share the campus with existing tenants from the Ministry of Defence and Tu Toa school.
Massey staff will continue to use some of the buildings at Hokowhitu until the college's transfer to the Turitea campus is complete.
The Manawatu Standard