The evening will begin at 5.30pm in the central atrium with a karakia, followed by an introduction of the cultural narrative for the new campus building. There will be a tour of the key cultural design elements and general campus as a whole and will be led by the architects of the campus, as well as key university staff. The tour of the campus will reveal the story behind the building. Through the forming of a tertiary partnership, strategic relationships being established with tangata whenua, broader community groups, the design of the campus buildings celebrates all these connections.
Forming a partnership with tangata whenua has influenced the articulation of the external skin of the building with the mangopare – hammerhead shark – pattern telling the local story of resilience, locating a multipurpose internal noho and teaching space, providing the ability to welcome and host guests, to an external courtyard providing a large space for external powhiri ceremonies and social gathering spaces.
Following the tour, there will be drinks and kai in the atrium and an opportunity for any further questions and broader discussion. The evening will formally be closed with a karakia at 7.30pm.
With thanks to our sponsor for this event: Jasmax