Karori campus

The information below and the accompanying documents provide an overview of decision-making related to Victoria University’s Karori campus.

We will continue to post information on this page about the next steps in the process.

    Karori campus update: December 2016

    On 29 August 2016, the Council of Victoria University declared the Karori campus surplus to the University’s requirements.

      Education Act Consent for Disposal

      On 30 August, the University requested consent from the Secretary for Education to dispose of the Karori campus. On 2 December, the Ministry of Education (MoE) advised Victoria University that it had granted this consent. MOE advised Victoria on 7 December that this approval could be announced publicly.

      Alternative public use

      In September 2016, MOE and Wellington City Council (WCC) were requested to advise the University by 16 December if they required any of the land (including the sites of Karori Kids and the Campbell Street Kindergarten) for any alternative public use.

      Both MoE and WCC have been considering their position over the past three months.

      MoE has indicated it does not intend to acquire the land on which the early childhood centres are sited. However, MoE has not ruled out lodging an interest in some of the campus land for additional educational capacity in Karori.

      The University is waiting to receive a formal response from WCC as to whether it requires any of the land.

      If MoE and WCC decide they do not want to acquire all or part of the land, the next step will be for the University to offer the land back to the original owners as legally required under the Public Works Act.<

      Early childhood centres

      Victoria University understands the concern and uncertainty felt by staff and parents of children at Karori Kids and Campbell Street Kindergarten.

      Since August, Victoria has been working closely with MoE and WCC about the future of the campus, including the two early childhood centres.

      The University has also had regular and ongoing dialogue with both early childhood centres this year.

      Community engagement

      The University has had regular community meetings and engagement with groups and individuals in Karori who have facilities on the campus or who use the facilities on the campus.

      To the extent possible given our obligations under the Public Works Act, the University is committed to working with Karori Kids and Campbell Street Kindergarten to enable their continuity in a manner that is fair to them and to the other early child care service providers in Karori. As the outcome of the offer back process under the Public Works Act is not yet known, it is premature to speculate on what the resolution may be.

      The University has maintained regular contact with representatives of both early childhood centres. And is hosting a meeting with the Wellington Kindergarten Association, which represents Campbell Street Kindergarten, on Friday 9 December and with Karori Kids on 13 December.

      We very much appreciate the community’s continued watch over the campus to reduce the risk of vandalism and to alert us to health and safety issues. You can report these via phone (0800 VIC 8888) or email (FM-admin@vuw.ac.nz).

      Next public meeting

      The University held a community meeting in Karori in September and will hold its next community meeting in February 2017.

      Earthquake update

      You may also be interested to know that we have offered use of the Karori buildings to businesses and organisations looking for temporary office space after the November earthquake. At the time of sending this message no specific arrangements have been made.

      Next steps

      Victoria University now needs to follow a comprehensive process, which is expected to take between 12 and 24 months. This programme includes obtaining formal Government approval to dispose of the campus, discharging our responsibilities under the Public Works Act, completing all legal requirements and taking into account the needs of stakeholders and the Karori community.

      Victoria will now begin discussions with the Wellington City Council and the Ministry of Education about community needs. We are also communicating directly with the two child care facilities who are located on the Karori campus and with other groups in the community.

      Recreational facilities

      Recreational facilities at the campus will continue to be available for community use until at least October 2017. There may be costs for using some of the facilities. Booking enquiries should be made by emailing victoriaclubs@vuw.ac.nz.

      Find out more

      The information below and the accompanying documents provide an overview of decision-making related to Victoria University’s Karori campus.

      Read the report that informed Victoria’s decision on Karori campus

      The decision to declare the Karori campus surplus to requirements followed an independent strategic review of the campus by PwC completed in August 2016 and able to be viewed below.

      Council members were advised in the report that if a decision was made to declare the property surplus, a number of matters would need further consideration.

      A covering memo to Council members from the University’s senior leadership staff also noted that the University is very conscious of the wider community interest in the campus and that there were potential future public use options that need to be explored.

      Some material in the PwC report has been removed because of its commercially sensitive nature.

      Documents

      Community meetings

      Tuesday 26 April

      Victoria University and the Karori Association jointly hosted a community meeting In Karori to discuss the future of Victoria’s Karori campus.

      Thursday 15 September

      Victoria University held a public meeting for people and organisations in Karori community to ask questions about the decision.

      Download the notes from these community meetings.

      Treaty settlements and the Karori campus

      There are no outstanding Treaty settlements that could require the Karori campus land to be retained for Treaty settlement purposes, and the land is not subject to Right of First Refusal (RFR) under existing Treaty settlement legislation.

      However, whilst there is no statutory RFR on the land, Victoria University has been in discussions with the iwi of Wellington—Taranaki Whanui—through their Chief Executive Jason Fox, keeping them informed of developments. The University has also held many wider discussions regarding the sale with other Māori interests.

      The Kaupapa and Mauri of Ako Pai Marae were acknowledged and brought to Victoria’s Kelburn campus at a ceremony held on 12 August 2016.