Firm chosen to build Tauranga CBD tertiary campus


The University of Waikato has chosen Hawkins Construction to build the new Tauranga CBD tertiary campus development.

Activity on the Durham Street site in central Tauranga will commence towards the end of July, and the campus will open in 2019.

University of Waikato senior deputy vice-chancellor Professor Alister Jones says after years of planning, the new tertiary campus is about to become a physical reality.

“It is wonderful to have reached this stage. Hawkins brings an in-depth commitment to the project and to the Bay of Plenty region. I look forward to working with them, our project managers Greenstone Group and architects Jasmax, to bring the campus to fruition,” he says.

“The Tauranga CBD tertiary campus is a significant and exciting investment that will enhance education and research for the Bay. We are proud to lead this development on behalf of the Tertiary Education Partnership.

“It is an integral part of creating a tertiary precinct in the heart of Tauranga city through strong connections to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology’s Bongard Centre, and the proposed student accommodation complex.”

Delivering a vibrant and engaging campus has only been possible thanks to the input from tertiary partners Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, our funders, and the community as a whole, Professor Jones says.

Toi Ohomai chief executive Dr Leon Fourie sees the new CBD tertiary campus as a key way the tertiary partnership can support the region.

“By collaborating with our tertiary partners, we’re able to support regional growth through offering a package of programmes that are complementary to one another, and respond to regional needs.

“This allows for seamless progression between institutions, levels of studies and qualifications. I’m delighted that we can be part of this journey,” Dr Fourie says.

Hawkins Construction central regional manager Peter McCawe says their team is pleased to be delivering the project, which will support growth and development in Tauranga.

“Hawkins is in the business of helping to shape landscapes and communities throughout New Zealand,” he says.

The announcement marks another key milestone in the campus development, which has been made possible through $30 million of community funding from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, and will sit on land donated by Tauranga City Council.

More information about the Tauranga CBD tertiary campus development is available at