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James Hight is now Puaka-James Hight

View of Puaka-James Hight from Matariki, 2014
View of Puaka-James Hight from Matariki, 2014

James Hight, home of the famous Central Library has a new identity; it is now known as Puaka-James Hight. The “star” themed Puaka-James Hight building has been named after the brightest star in the constellation Orion and is associated with the start of the New Year.

The new name marks a new chapter in the history of the University and has been generously gifted by Ngāi Tahu to the University of Canterbury to reflect the growing strength of UC’s relationship with Ngāi Tahu and the mana of Te Ao Māori at the heart of the University’s campus.

Other than the name, the library and services within the building remain the same. For more information on Central Library business hours, services and current events please refer to the Library website at  http://library.canterbury.ac.nz.

Puaka-James Hight: at the heart of campus

James Hight now Puaka-James Hight, commonly known as the library and proudly referred to as the tallest building on campus, is much greater than just any another building on campus.

Standing tall and strong with eleven levels of glory, it houses the dynamic minds that may be designing optimal solutions to everyday needs or discussing ways to promote world peace. Someone may even be writing the next Noble prize thesis!

Below the levels of thriving academic collaboration is the Undercroft which truly depicts the spirit of UC. It is home to a common space, various café outlets and the infamous UCSA office, and is simply where all the magic happens. With students just casually catching up over a cup of coffee to silently, yet diligently planning the next big thing on campus, the Undercroft definitely resonates the high-spirited, enthusiastic vibe of us UC students.

The old Undercroft
The old Undercroft used to be a bike shed.

In all its essence, Puaka-James Hight is not just a big old library with an impressive collection of books, it is a monument of a sort that will be remembered by all students as an epitome of strength and wisdom that helped us through a few tough times, and supported us to emerge victorious at the end of each assessment!