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About us

Mō te huka mātauraka

Opening hours and contacts

Unipol is open at Level 1 and 2. Come down and see us.

Monday–Friday |
Saturday | Hātarei
Sunday | Rātapu

Contact details

University Plaza Building One
130 Anzac Ave
University of Otago | Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou
Dunedin | Ōtepoti

Tel +64 3 479 5888
Fax 64 3 479 5481
Email us with feedback

View the Unipol Recreation Centre on Google Maps

Our permanent staff

Daniel Porter

Manager | Kaiwhakahaere

Liz Campbell

Assistant Manager (Fitness and Facility) | Taituarā o te Kaiwhakahaere

Daniel Wards

Assistant Manager (Recreation Development) | Taituarā o te Kaiwhakahaere

Christine MacDonell

Marketing and Sustainability Leader | Kaiārahi Kiko Pānui, Toitū

Stephanie Wilson

Operations Coordinator (Health and Safety) | Kaituitui Whakahaere, Noho Haumaru

Grace Christophers

Group Fitness Coordinator | Kaituitui Tira Whakapakari

Mica Goldsmith-Lonie

Rental Coordinator | Kaituitui Rīhi

Josh Policarpio

Recreation Fitness and Facility Coordinator | Kaituitui Mahi ā Te Rēhia, Whakapakari Tinana me ngā Rauhanga

Caleb Roberts

Inter-College Competition Lead Coordinator | Kaituitui Tauwhāinga Kāreti

Tess Hazelhurst

Inter-College Competition Coordinator | Kairuruku Tauwhāinga Kāreti

Angela Button

Tertiary Sport Coordinator | Kaituitui Hākinakina Whare Wānanga

Andrea Heaven

Client Services Administrator | Kaiwhakarite Whakaratonga Kiritaki


Working at Unipol

Unipol isn't just a fun place to work out, it's a great place to work, with flexible hours around your study timetable. We are one of the largest employers on campus with over 150+ students hired annually. We're are always on the lookout for friendly students who are intuitive, reliable and committed with a passion for recreation.

Part-time student positions are available in the following areas:

  • Fitness Leaders; Fitness Programmes
  • Referees; Social Sport/Inter-College Sport
  • Group Fitness Instructors; Group Fitness

Learn more and apply for part-time positions

Permanent positions:

When available, job vacancies are listed in the Human Resources section of the University of Otago website:

Employment and job vacancies at the University of Otago

Our policies

Photography/filming policy

No filming or photography is to occur inside Unipol without approval.

If you wish to film or take photos inside Unipol please ask at Unipol reception in the first instance or contact us by email:


All photography/filming must be done using care for the participants

If participants are identified in any shot, their permission must be obtained.

Participants have the right to decline being in any shot

No use of cameras or phones in the change rooms

All media requests should be directed to the Communications Office:



Please enquire at Unipol reception to use a futsal court

All futsal bookings are 45 minutes long.

Ball must be kept under the height of the futsal goal.

Health and Safety

Please report any health and safety issues in first instance to the Recreation Services staff.

There are 2 defibrillators on site, close to reception and on the mezzanine floor.  All staff are trained to respond as first aiders.

Ice is located at reception.

If in doubt please make contact at reception

Lost Property

Please ask reception if you have lost an item. All items left at Unipol that are turned into a staff member will be kept for 2-weeks.  If the item is not claimed and picked up by the owner within 2 weeks of it being found, then the item will be donated. If the item is found by a Unipol Staff member on a sports field or at an external facility, it will be returned to Unipol.

Lockers are available from reception.  It is strongly advised that lockers are used to secure valuables within the facility.  Any CCTV camera footage requests will be directed to the Proctors office 

How do I get access to Unipol?

Entry into the Unipol is free for University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic students with presentation of their valid ID card. It is also available for use by University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic staff and their whānau and friends with a Unipol membership card or casual entry fee.

How old do I have to be to use the weights/cardio room or do a group fitness class?

15 years of age.

What happens if I forget my student ID card?

If you forget to bring your student ID card when visiting you will be required to pay the casual fee to gain access however you are entitled to reimbursement if you return with the signed receipt and ID card within 7 days.

How do I get a locker key?

Locker keys are available at reception by swapping your valid student ID card, or you can use the keyless lockers in the changing rooms. Lockers are free and we suggest you lock your personal gear safely away while using the facility. Lockers are available only while you are using the facility.

What equipment can I get with my ID card at reception?

We have locker keys, basketballs, volleyballs, pool equipment, badminton racquets, table tennis equipment and various gym equipment which is available for use by swapping your ID card. One ID card is required per piece of equipment. If more than one piece of equipment is borrowed another form of valid photo ID is required e.g. driver's licence, R18 card.

I want to play badminton. Do I need to bring a shuttlecock with me?

Yes. You can either bring a shuttlecock with you or purchase one at reception. Badminton racquets are available for use by swapping your valid student ID card.

Do I need to book a court?

No. We don't take group bookings. We run a ‘drop-in and play’ program whereby courts are available for use through-out the whole day. Just pop in and our friendly staff will arrange the spaces to suit.  

What happens if I come down and my first preference sport is not available

Our badminton, volleyball and futsal courts have a 45 minute time limit on them, so turn over at busy times is fast. We welcome you to play in our recreation space while you are waiting for your court to come available. Our staff will get you on the court as soon as they can. Our busy times are 3-9pm, so visiting outside those hours is helpful if you don't want to wait.

Am I allowed to bring my own chalk into Unipol?

No, we have a no chalk policy.

More about us

Sustainable You – Full Court Press Model

Retrospect – Unipol Fun Facts of 2018

Healthy Campus Recreation magazine – Semester 2 2020



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