Buildings at City Campus Christchurch and Woolston Campus have new Māori names to reflect our commitment to creating a welcoming environment that contributes to the success of Māori and other cultures.
Our buildings will still use a letter signifier (such as C Block), which you can use to find a room (C122), but they will also have a new Māori name too. You will see the new names as our new signage goes up progressively across the campuses.
This project started with Whareora, our Science and Wellbeing Facility, which means House of Wellbeing, and continued with Kahukura, the Engineering and Architectural Studies building now under construction, which refers to a chiefly cloak and is symbolic of the mana (respect) that education confers on an individual.
We have consulted with our communities to find meaningful names that reflect our unique Canterbury environment and the fucntions of the particular buildings. Work is also underway to designate new names to the buildings of our southern campuses too.
To learn the new names, their meanings and how to say them properly, check out our handy pronunciation guide.
City Campus - Christchurch
This translates to "cool and refreshing" and is the Māori name for Coopers Creek and Eyre River.
This translates to "the roaring tide" and is the Māori name for The Garry River, Okuku.
Ōtautahi is the Māori name for the Christchurch area.
This translates to "the river mouth".
This is the Māori name for the South Brighton estuary.
This is the Māori word for storehouse.
This is the Māori word for the Kingfisher bird, native to New Zealand.
Sciences & Vet Nursing
This is the Māori word for a deity associated with the pursuit of knowledge.
This translates to "the flow" as it relates to the tide and surging waters.
Computing & Business
This is the Māori word for the Oyster catcher bird, native to New Zealand.
The Kei is the stern of a canoe. This is traditionally the place where the steerer of a canoe was positioned to guide the direction of the vessel. The position of this building also lends to the position of the Kei in relation to the waka form of Te Puna Wanaka. It is the place where the people of prominence were positioned in a canoe.
This is based on the Rakaia River in Mid Canterbury.
Te Puna Wānaka
Te Puna Wānaka
This translates to "The Spring of Learning".
Te Waka Piki Kōtuku
The canoe of our treasures
This translates to "joining", as in where rivers meet.
This translates to the pathway alongside a river
This is a combination of the Māori words for ‘house’ (Whare) and for ‘wellbeing’ (Ora).
This is the Māori name for Shag Rock at Sumner.
This is a Māori word that refers to a chiefly cloak, a rainbow, and a deity associated with the Cashmere Hills, which the building looks towards.
Design & Arts
This is the name for a deity associated with the eastern coast of the South Island.
Student Services Centre
This is the Māori name for the Heathcote River that runs through Christchurch.
Staff / Electrical/ Joinery/ Furniture/ TPP
This translates to "the bridge", and is a previous name for the Māori Trades Hostel.
Engineering/ Automotive/ Trades hall/ Carpentry
This translates to "the creator", and is a previous name for the Māori Trades Hostel.
Plumbing/ plasterboard/ high voltage
This translates to "large shelter".
This translates to "sheltered haven".