On March 20, the new Health education facility at the Porirua campus was officially opened by the Hon Tony Ryall, Minister of Health. The new building was named Wikitoria Katene, the name gifted to the previous health building, by Ngāti Toa in 2008. The opening event was attended by over 200 staff and invited guests, with speeches from Council Chair Hon Roger Sowry, Hon Tony Ryall, chief executive Don Campbell, Taku Parai, Ngāti Toa kaumātua. Guests were treated to performances by Whitireia Performing Arts students who looked magnificent in their costumes.
On 20 June, Matiu Rei, Executive Director, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, addressed more than 100 people at an early morning ceremony at the Porirua campus to commemorate the Ngāti Toa signing of te Tiriti o Waitangi. “Ngāti Toa’s post settlement - a vision for the future“ was the theme of his address. Whitireia Council Chair Hon Roger Sowry OMZM commended Ngāti Toa on this vision, their business and people. “Your goals, vision and strategies will help significantly change New Zealand and make it a better country,” he said.
Whitireia New Zealand turned the Kāpiti campus atrium into a high fashion runway on Thursday September 12. The fashion show was held to raise money to assist the beauty and hairdressing students to pay for their City and Guilds International exam fees. Thirteen beauty and hairdressing students created amazing hair styles and makeup for the runway models, who were showcasing local fashion houses' new season clothing by Paperdoll, Helen Ryan, Undercover Secrets, Hipster and shots by Super Minx.
"We worked really hard this year to achieve the high standards that were produced on the cat walk," says student Tiana Thompson-Reed.