We’re excited to inform you that the Student Services Centre is relocating to the heart of campus and will open in Matariki (opposite the Central Library) from 11 August 2014. There is a new Information Desk on level 1 where friendly staff can help direct you to the right people or place on campus.
Matariki used to be known as the Registry building and was built in 1974 purposely as a fortress to keep students out (would you believe!). Times have changed and in 2014 the University welcomes students to the heart of campus with Matariki being the first point of contact for student services on campus.
Here’s a photo of what the Matariki building entrance is going to look like once all of the work is complete (about late-September):
A little background about the name: Ngāi Tahu specially gifted the name Matariki to UC. In the Māori language, Matariki is both the name of a small distinctive star cluster (Pleiades) and the season of its first rising in late May or early June, and is seen as the beginning of the New Year. In traditional times, Matariki was a season to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year.
If you’re struggling to find the right people on campus, the Contact Centre can help you find your way (phone: 0800 827 748).