Strong cultural partnership creates inclusive new student halls
Prioritising best-practice student care, a strong partnership with mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri, and sustainable design, the University of Canterbury’s (UC) new student accommodation building, Tupuānuku offered much to celebrate at the official opening held yesterday to coincide with Matariki.
UC’s newest student accommodation facility, Tupuānuku, was celebrated and officially opened yesterday with mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri, providers UniLodge and partners including architects Jasmax, construction company Southbase, engineers Muir & Associates, quantity surveyors RLB and furniture suppliers Bishop Interiors Ltd.
“Our team is quite diverse, with Pacific students, Māori students like me and Asian students, and that acceptance of culture extends to our rainbow community, which is strong here at Tupuānuku,” he said.
“There are many fantastic things about being here at Tupuānuku but from my own experience, I think we are one of the first halls to have a cultural narrative and that’s due to the support from mana whenua and from UC. I think that is a powerful message.”
Ngāi Tūāhuriri worked closely with UC to ensure that Tupuānuku would be a whare [house] that values, respects and encourages mātauranga, tikanga and te reo Māori (Māori knowledge, protocols and language).
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