$75m Tauranga campus awaits funding

The University of Waikato will know by June whether its multi-million dollar Tauranga campus build has the funding to go ahead.

The building, to be used by Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi as well, has an estimated price tag of $75 million.

 At a stakeholders breakfast at the Gallagher Academcy of Performing Arts held today, Vice-chancellor professor Roy Crawford was positive the project would go ahead. 

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has pledged $15m to the project, and land had been donated by the Tauranga City Council in the CBD for the campus.

Crawford said the University currently has an application in for a further $15m from an energy trust.

If it is approved in June, the project will be all go.

''It wouldn't be offering all disciplines, it'll be offering courses relevant to that region like logistics , business, teacher education, a number of those areas, but not languages and a whole range of other things,'' he said.

''It'll be a campus in its own right, but it'll not be trying to duplicate what we've got here.''

The University of Waikato has around 600 full-time equivalent students in the Bay of Plenty.

It also has a marine science research laboratory set up ''right on the waterfront that does a lot of sampling of the water,'' said Crawford.

That had payed dividends during the 2011 Rena oil spill, as scientists were able to provide the government with information.

Crawford said that if funding was approved in June for the project, building would be underway in 2015 with the goal of opening doors to students in 2017.