Construction of the new building began mid-2017 and was completed in July 2019.
Why wasn't the old building repaired?
The old building was extensively damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes and the cost and risk of repair was greater than demolition and a rebuild.
How much did it cost and how is it being funded?
The project cost $32M, including fit-out expenses. The costs were covered through an insurance payout, investment by UC and UCSA, as well as fundraising. The UCSA is still fundraising to fill a project shortfall of $5M. You can contribute to the campaign by visiting our page How you can Help.
How big is the building?
The new building is spread over two levels and is approximately 4,000 square metres.
Does Haere-roa have the same student spaces?
Yip. Haere-roa's home to The Foundry, Bentley's and the Ngaio Marsh Theatre. There's also space for our student services like welfare and advocacy.
Who owns the building?
The UCSA has a goal to have a 51% ownership share of the building so we can maintain our independence and have a permanent base for our student services. You can help us by donating to fill our project's $5M shortfall. Visit How you can help.
Is food available in Haere-roa?
Yes. The Foundry has had a bit of a makeover and now offers cafe services inside Haere-roa. Stop by between 8.30am and late for food, coffee or a beer. There's also a vending machine with drinks in the student social space.
16,382 (as at 4 March 2019) UC students will have use of the building. 160 student clubs and societies will also use the space for meetings and events.
Are there areas for clubs and societies?
Absolutely. We've got:
Event facilities (think: Ngaio Marsh Theatre and Tī Kōuka for your meetings and shows)
A club meeting room
A club printer.
Can the community use Haere-roa?
Sure! During University breaks, the community will be able to book spaces for their events. They'll also be welcome to public performances at the Ngaio Marsh Theatre. For more info on bookings, visit our OnCampus website.
How can I be a part of the project?
There are a number of different ways to be a part of the project. Find out more on our How you can help page.