News | 25 May 2016

'Cluster of Creativity' an asset for Capital – Mayor

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has welcomed the establishment of the new $22.5 million campus in the Capital’s CBD, saying it will make a huge contribution to the city.

Student in costume and makeup styled as Māori alien warrior.
Whitireia performing arts student Orama Fisher as a Māori Alien Warrior. Makeup and look created by WelTec tutors Daniela Pike and Gareth McGhie.

Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity was launched this evening, and will open for learning in early 2018. The campus will attract 1000 domestic and international students each year, focusing on film, creative technology and applied arts.

The new hub for creative technology, performance and applied arts is said to be the first of its kind for New Zealand. 

“I welcome Te Kāhui Auaha, the new cluster of creativity, to the heart of our creative capital,” says Mayor Wade-Brown.

“Whitireia and WelTec tutors, alumni and students contribute hugely to the cultural and economic life of our city.”

Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity is a collaboration between WelTec (Wellington Institute of Technology) and Whitireia New Zealand. 

The new campus will include 9,000m2 of dance studios, rehearsal and performance spaces, recording studios, mixing rooms and an in-house radio station, studios and salons for hair, beauty and make-up artistry, workshops for woodwork, jewellery making and sculpture, film photography studio and dark rooms, a 250 seat theatre and a 60 seat cinema.

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