Property review and use of the campus

Victoria is continually reviewing its property portfolio to ensure it is aligned with the University’s strategic direction.

Alternative public use

As you may be aware, Victoria has been advised by the Ministry of Education (MoE) that it requires the sites occupied by Campbell Kindergarten and Karori Kids (25 and 29 Campbell Street) for an alternative public use. We are working with MoE to transfer these two properties to the Ministry under section 50 of the Public Works Act.

The Wellington City Council (WCC) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) were given until 16 March 2017 to advise Victoria if they require any of the main campus land for alternative public use.

WCC has advised that it requires some land to extend the swimming pool carpark and MoE has given a general indication that it has a requirement for some of the campus land. We are continuing to engage with both agencies on their requests.

Recreational facilities

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

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.

Property review and use of the campus

Victoria is continually reviewing its property portfolio to ensure it is aligned with the University’s strategic direction.

Although Victoria has decided that the Karori campus is surplus to requirements, recreational facilities there will continue to be available for community use in the short to medum term.

Adapting to a changing environment

All New Zealand universities are expected to continually review their property portfolios to ensure they are aligned with changing trends in tertiary education and each university’s strategic direction. At Victoria, these regular and ongoing reviews have consistently considered how each of the University’s campuses, including Karori, are best used and whether University funds are best invested in the current asset configuration, or if changes should be considered.

Victoria University has a well-planned and comprehensive strategy for growth and for ensuring we provide our students and our communities with the best possible facilities and services at the lowest possible price. This is outlined in our Strategic Plan.

Our vision is for Victoria to be a world-leading capital city university and one that engages closely with its communities and exerts intellectual influence in our city, our region and internationally. We will be investing in facilities and people to achieve this, but those facilities need to be in the right place.

Community use of the Karori campus

Victoria University’s facilities at Karori have long been available for the community to use and this continues to be the case as the University carries out the programme of activity related to disposal of the campus.

Victoria understands that the facilities are important to, and valued by, the Karori community and continues to have conversations with the wider community and other agencies about needs in the Karori area.

Victoria is working with the Wellington City Council to better understand the current and future needs of the Karori community. This includes discussion about the types of facilities that have been made available by Victoria on the Karori campus.

Childcare centres located at Karori campus