Fri 7 Feb 2020

Exciting campus upgrades revealed

WITT staff gathered in the early morning last Wednesday for a blessing ceremony to commemorate the opening of two upgraded campus facilities – Te Piere o te Rangi and a brand new gym.

The new gym – dubbed the Fitness Factory – will be free of charge for any WITT students, and officially opens on the first day of semester one. Students will just need to make a small refundable payment for their fob to gain access to the gym.

The gym features all-new, state of the art equipment, new audio-visual set up, and shower and changing facilities.

WITT’s Health & Wellness Manager Kieran McKendry said the Fitness Factory is about more than just physical fitness.

“The revamp aligns with WITT’s strengthening focus on health and wellness. My goal for this space is to be a place where people can come together – a central hub – to relieve the stress and anxieties that come with work, study and home life.

“It’ll be a place that both staff and students can come to let off steam. My vision is that by bringing people together through fitness and wellness, we'll see barriers start to come down and new connections form.

"The short sessions we’ll run during the week will cater to all fitness levels with a primary focus to get people moving."

Not only is the Fitness Factory an asset on campus for students and staff to use, it is also the training ground for WITT’s Exercise programmes from Level 3, delivered to high school students, through to Level 5.

As well as the new gym, WITT’s central meeting space - Te Piere o te Rangi - has also undergone a transformation. Te Piere is a multipurpose space used as WITT’s meeting house or marae, as well as a classroom for Te Reo Māori and Māori Governance programmes.

The Te Piere makeover boasts functional upgrades to improve warmth, room acoustics and audio-visual capability, and the design also incorporates elements of Taranaki history. WITT’s Kaitakawaenga Allana Prestney said has made the space more welcoming for students and visitors.

“The design of the space has more connection to Māori kaupapa which is important for our students, staff and visitors. This is the space we welcome people into when they come to WITT and now it better reflects our values.

Pictured: Chaplain Tuari Reweti and Kaitakawaenga Allana Prestney during blessing ceremony.