Latest update—May 2017

Read the latest update from the University about the future of the Karori campus.

Karori campus update—May 2017

Progress is continuing with the monthly update on Victoria’s processes for divestment of the Karori campus, as the University follows the requirements of the Public Works Act (PWA).

Alternative public use

In March 2017, Wellington City Council (WCC) and the Ministry of Education both formally advised the University that they required parts of the site. Specifically, WCC advised that it required some land to extend the swimming pool carpark and the MoE advised that it required the open land between Donald and Campbell Streets. Accordingly, the parties are currently in the process of completing their due diligence and Victoria is working with an independent valuer to complete the necessary market valuation exercise.

Offer back process

As we have mentioned before, the PWA requires land that is surplus to requirements to be offered back to the original owner or their successor unless it is required for an alternative public use or unless an exemption applies. As previously advised, five properties have been offered back under Section 40 of the PWA. We expect it will take a further two to three months for the outcome of these offers to be finalised.

Sale of residential properties

If any of the former owners or their successors do not want to reacquire the properties being offered back under the PWA, Victoria will offer them for sale, although it will be a few months before this could happen. More immediately, there are some other residential properties on the Karori campus that are not required to be offered back and the University has started the process of offering these properties for sale.

Security of campus facilities

We continue to monitor and maintain the campus on a regular basis and value your help to ensure the security of the buildings and grounds. If you observe any suspicious behaviour or wish to report anything that requires attention, please contact us on 0800 VIC 8888 (0800 842 8888) or 04 463 5398 or FM-admin@vuw.ac.nz

Access to campus facilities

Access to the recreational facilities at the Karori campus remains available to current users.

Previous updates

Here is the monthly update on Victoria’s processes for divestment of the Karori campus, as the University follows the requirements of the Public Works Act (PWA).

Alternative public use

We are continuing to work with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Wellington to confirm their respective requirements for parts of the former Karori campus. We expect these discussions will conclude soon.

Offer back process and sale of residential properties

The process of offering back land that is surplus to requirements to the original owner or successor—something we are required to do for some parts of the campus under the Public Works Act—is nearing completion. Properties where the offer is not accepted will be sold on the open market in the coming months.

Security of campus facilities

Just a reminder that we value your help to ensure the security of the buildings and grounds at the former campus. If you observe any suspicious behaviour or wish to report anything that requires attention, please contact us on 0800 VIC 8888 (0800 842 8888) or 04 463 5398 or FM-admin@vuw.ac.nz

Access to campus facilities

Access to the recreational facilities at the Karori campus remains available to current users.