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Source: Massey University

The Sir Neil Waters extension building

The extension, which increases the space from 2484 square metres to 4373, will provide five additional teaching spaces on the first floor and workspace to accommodate doctoral students and 40 staff from the Schools of Health Sciences; Nursing; Sport, Exercise and Nutrition; and Social Work.

It is the first Auckland Campus building to be designed on activity-based workspace principles. It includes a mix of individual workspaces, collaboration spaces, meeting rooms, focus rooms and some traditional offices.

The principles recognise that most staff engage in a variety of activities and different types of work settings help to accommodate them.

The extension will be blessed in the morning before the doors are opened to staff and students for guided tours that will run every 30 minutes from noon to 2pm. Visitors are asked to gather at the foyer outside SNW 200.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Operations Stuart Morriss says the extension, along with the construction of a 9800 square metre Innovation Complex – currently under way – are part of a $120 million plan for the next stage of development of the Auckland Campus.

“The opening marks an important milestone in the campus’ development plans and it is exciting to see our ambitious campus development strategy come to life,” Mr Morriss says.

College of Health Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Mills says demand for healthcare workers is rising across the world yet New Zealand is still reliant on graduates from overseas, with 42 per cent of the health workforce trained overseas.

“As New Zealand’s population ages, the demand for healthcare professionals will only increase,” Professor Mills says.

“Through our research and teaching at Massey, we are committed to transforming the way New Zealand addresses health and wellbeing. We are very proud of the extension and the high-quality facilities it offers our staff and students. The University is creating a world-leading campus for the needs of 21st century education.”

Further development plans include an expansion of the library, a marae complex that encompasses a multi-ethnic learning and cultural space, and a significant amount of additional teaching space to serve the region’s fast growing population. 

The Sir Neil Waters Building was named after the University’s second Vice-Chancellor (1983-95) who oversaw the establishment of the campus.

Open day

When: Friday October 18, every 30 minutes from 12pm to 2pm.

Where: The Sir Neil Waters foyer, outside SNW 200.

MIL OSI New Zealand News