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Te Rangihīroa College, which opened in late October, won an Excellence Award at the annual Property Industry Awards in Auckland last month.

Te Rangihīroa College won an Excellence Award in the Multi-Unit Residential Property category at the annual Property Industry Awards. The Property Industry Awards are Aotearoa’s premiere property awards and more than 1,500 people attended the event held at Auckland’s Spark Arena.

Opened in late October, Te Rangihīroa College is the first new residential college built at Otago since University College in1969. It houses more than 450 students, five minutes’ walk from the main campus. It has a total floor area of 15,000m² and includes a dining room with seating for 448, generous communal living space and 10 distributed whānau rooms.

The college is named after Otago alumnus Te Rangihīroa (Sir Peter Buck), the first Māori medical graduate from a New Zealand university (1904). The name ‘Te Rangihīroa’ was gifted to the University in 2013, following permission granted from his iwi, (Ngāti Mutunga) and surviving family members. The original Te Rangihīroa College on Castle Street has been renamed 192 Castle College.

Te Rangihīroa College was also a gold award winner at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards in May and won a Southern Architecture award at the New Zealand Institute of Architecture Regional Awards for multi-unit housing earlier in the year.

University Chief Operating Officer Stephen Willis says it was great to celebrate the effort of so many staff and contractors involved in the project’s success.

“It was an honour also to have had Edward Ellison Chairman – Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou celebrate with us,” he says.

The winning team at the Property Industry Awards in Auckland this month.

“We are very proud of our new college and the wonderful environment it provides our students. In particular we are thankful for and proud of the collaboration we have with Te Rangihīroa's Ngāti Mutunga and local Ngāi Tahu iwi.

“My thanks and congratulations to all the wonderful people and companies involved in developing this outstanding facility, including University Director Property and Campus Development Tanya Syddall, Head of Campus Development Gordon Roy, Jasmax, Southbase Group and project managers RCP.”

University Director Property and Campus Development Tanya Syddall says, “Te Rangihīroa College is a wonderful asset for the University and will become a cornerstone of the campus.”

University Head of Campus Development Gordon Roy says, “This is a great win for the whole team and recognises their hard work over the last five years to bring this project to completion, something we are all extremely proud of.”

Kōrero by Communications Adviser (Projects) Kerry Dohig

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    The colour palette for the interior and the central spine of the external glazing was developed from the concept of manawa whenua, the bubbling spring rising from the water, to land, to sky. This is seen through the floors as you rise through the building, starting at green and moving on a gradient all the way up to blue on the fifth floor.

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    Te Rangihīroa College has a mix of ensuite and standard rooms. The four wings of the building are named Manawa Nui (ambition and courage), Manawa Toka (strength and determination), Manawa Tina (resoluteness), and Manawa Roa (resilience), all of which flow from the central pillar, He Manawa Ora: Pou Taiki.

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