Ahead of Haere-roa’s July opening, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and fellow councillors stopped by for a quick tour of the new student building.
The group were joined by UC and Student Association reps on Thursday, for a look at the hotly-anticipated new facility, which has been under construction for two years. The building will form part of the University’s new wellbeing precinct.
Among the tour’s highlights was a look inside the revamped Ngaio Marsh Theatre, which has been closed since the 2011 earthquake. The theatre is receiving a totally modern makeover complete with retractable tiered seating and a high-tech sound system (perfect for a bit of Thursday night Mono).
Mayor Dalziel said she was impressed with the new facilities and how the campus had transformed since her own student days at UC. The Mayor also noted that she’s an enthusiastic donor to the Ngaio Marsh fundraising campaign, Save me a Seat. The popular campaign recognises donors with engraved nameplates on the back of the theatre’s 327 new seats.
UCSA is thrilled with the response to the fundraising campaign so far, and is encouraging everyone to get involved and help fill the remaining $3 million project shortfall. 120 seats in the Ngaio Marsh Theatre have already been snapped up by eager donors.