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MIT starts work on its
Hayman Park campus
By SCOTT MORGAN
Educated expansion: MIT academic director Peter Quigg, left, and business dean John Wadsworth visit the site of the new
Photo: FIONA GOODALL
New look: An artist's impression of how the MIT campus will look.
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and click on Latest Edition
to see a video of the building site
where the new MIT campus will be.
MORE than 50,000 students will
flood into the heart of the south
next year when the doors open at
Manukau Institute of Technology s
Work has just started on the MIT
site next to Hayman Park.
The campus will also house the
new Manukau train station and bus
It s a unique opportunity to put
an educational facility with rail
transport and interchange for
buses, academic director Peter
Stage one of the project is
expected to cost about $100 million.
Classes are planned to start in
the second semester next year.
It will initially house between
50,000 and 65,000 fulltime-
Up to 150,000 fulltime-equivalent
students are expected to use the
facility once stage two and three are
Mr Quigg says the new campus
will make tertiary study much more
convenient and accessible for people
from south Auckland.
The issue in Manukau is that the
uptake in tertiary education is half
the national average, he says.
It needs more people in edu-
cation at a tertiary level. There are
long-term benefits it will bring to
The Auckland Council also
deserves credit for providing the
site on a long-term lease, he says.
Other features of the new com-
plex include a theatre that will be
used by students and community
groups, along with several commer-
The faculty of business will be the
first to move from its Otara campus
to the new facility.
Business faculty dean John
Wadsworth says students will really
notice the difference when the first
classes are held in July next year.
It s incredibly exciting. It s going
to enable us to do so much more.
It s a teaching facility with tech-
nology second to none.
The new campus will also benefit
those who work in Manukau.
There are a lot of people in work
who also study.
It will be heavily accessible to
It s yet to be decided what other
subjects will be offered at the cam-
pus, although English language and
community learning are options
that have been raised.
Mayor Len Brown says the
location will ensure a mutually
beneficial connection between the
campus and the people of Manukau.
Education is one of the key econ-
omic drivers that will see Auckland
become one of the world s most
It s already a major regional
employer, providing investment and
export opportunities, he says.
The Hayman Park site is a
superb example of an integrated,
transformational project aligning
MIT with the local community,
business and industry, Auckland
Council and Auckland Transport.
South Auckland is fast becoming a
hub for tertiary-level study with
Auckland University of Technology
opening a campus in Manukau in
Dog put down
Vets at the SPCA have had to put
down the abandoned dog rescued
after hiding under a Papakura house
last month. It had been left under
the house by previous tenants in
August last year and was being fed
by one of the neighbours. After a
failed attempt by SPCA to collect the
dog, it was finally retrieved by the
animal inspectors but after
assessment it was put down. SPCA
chief executive Christine Kalin says
the decision was not made lightly
but it was decided the dog couldn't
be safely adopted.
''We felt that with a combination of
the health and temperament issues
it did pose a risk to people so we
couldn't adopt the dog out,'' she
says. ''It doesn't need to be in
perfect health but we need to know
it won't have health problems that
won't pose a risk to it later on.''
Dogs with temperament issues are
given to owners who can house
them but Ms Kalin says in this case
the dog was ''terrified of people''.
Bright Eyes battles on
The abused puppy found in
Manurewa has made slight
improvements. Bright Eyes the
staffy-cross couldn't stand or walk
and her bones could be seen
through her skin when she was
driveway on Alfriston Rd on January
27. But she stood for a few seconds
on Sunday, more than she's
previously been able to manage,
SPCA head Christine Kalin says.
''We don't want to say she's out of
the woods because it's still very
touch and go.''
At the movies
to see at the
Check out our
film review, He
says She says, in
today s digital version of the Papa-
Go to www.papakuracourier.
co.nz, click on Latest Edition and
check out our online issue of the
paper with its additional features,
including video and live web links.
You ll find He Says She Says on a
special extra page by reviewers Ben
Rogers and Kate Russell who ve just
been to see Chronicle, directed by
Josh Trank and written by Max
Our online service is quick and
easy to access. And best of all it s
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