Te Auaha, the new creative campus in Wellington bringing together the arts programmes of Whitireia and WelTec, will be officially opened tonight by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
After a pōwhiri and unveiling, guests will be invited inside to experience the new facilities and get a taste of the various creative disciplines being offered at Te Auaha from 5 March 2018. The evening will conclude with a performance of The Art of Colour, a dance work created by Te Auaha Ambassador Malia Johnston.
Spread across six floors, the new campus on the corner of Dixon Street and Cuba Mall is a series of interwoven creative zones including dance studios and performance spaces, digital recording studios, computer labs, radio stations, an art gallery, film and photography studios, large and small theatres, a cinema, a beauty spa, jewellery workshops, a 3D printing area, and various visual arts studios.
The new campus provides a new home for Whitireia and WelTec creative programmes including specialisations in creative writing, circus dance, cultural performing arts, digital media, DJing, film production, hairdressing, jewellery design, journalism, make-up artistry, music, musical theatre, photography, publishing, raranga, radio broadcasting, whakairo and visual arts.
Te Auaha consolidates the presence that Whitireia arts programmes have had at various locations in Wellington for over a decade. Creative writing, journalism, publishing and radio programmes have most recently been based at the Whitireia Wellington campus on Dixon Street, while performance programmes made the move into Wellington in 2009 and have been housed at the Whitireia Performance Centre on Vivian Street since 2011.