“I am very proud to see Rehua receive a Silver Award of Excellence at the ACENZ Trusted Advisor Awards. It is an outstanding result for Holmes Consulting and the UC Capital Works team to be recognized among such remarkable entrants.” said Alex Hanlon.
The Minister of Education Hon Chris Hipkins officially opened Rehua on 25 June along with Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Sue McCormack and Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey.
Rehua brings the College of Education, Health and Human Development from the Dovedale campus to the central campus for the first time, joined by the Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE), and MBA and Business Taught Masters programmes.
Designed to facilitate collaboration and cultural inclusiveness, Rehua features significant cultural elements, including an exquisitely carved timber ceiling inside the flagship Te Moana Nui a Kiwa room and a Pasifika tapa cloth outside the same room. The building’s outstanding design was recently recognised with two New Zealand Institute of Architects Canterbury branch awards; for interior and architecture in the Education Building award category.
Staff and students gather each weekday morning to sing waiata and karakia together and are also invited to participate in a weekly kapa haka practice.
Rehua – design features and naming
Name: Rehua is spoken of as a chief among stars. It is associated with wellness, healing and leadership, as well as the bright star in the sky that signals the start of summer. The name was gifted by mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri.
Design elements: The themes of weaving and mountains are present through tiling, wood panelling and carving designs and motifs.
The panelling has the Poutama pattern symbolising various levels of learning and intellectual achievement. Some say they represent the steps Tāne-o-te-wānanga ascended to the topmost realm in his quest for superior knowledge and religion.
The tile pattern is symbolic of a leaf pattern in the native forest.
The colour palette chosen for each floor represents an aspect of the natural surroundings rising up from:
L0 – Whenua (Earth)
L1 – Maunga (Mountain)
L2 – Tarutaru (Vegetation)
L3 – Kowhai (Yellow flower)
L4 – Ra (Sun)
L5 – Roto (Lake)
L6 – Rangi (Sky)
The tapa cloth outside Te Moana Nui a Kiwa is a traditional Pasifika pattern.
The carved timber panelling outside Te Moana Nui A Kiwa uses a traditional pattern and is randomly spaced symbolising the islands spread across the Pacific.
Carved timber ceiling panels inside Te Moana Nui A Kiwa are from the UC-commissioned Kowhaiwhai collection of Maori artworks.
Te Reo and English are used for signage and wayfinding.
Community: The community engagement hub in the southeast corner of level 1 is seen as a central place for students to debate, to meet socially, to meet with community groups and generally support their own community.
The informal teaching spaces and community engagement hub are very popular with students.
The University of Canterbury’s new Ernest Rutherford and Rehua buildings were recognised in two building awards this month.
At the Canterbury branch’s New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards, the Ernest Rutherford building at the centre of UC’s new Science Precinct, won three awards including interior and architecture awards as well as the Resene Colour Award. The eight level Rehua building, home to the College of Education, Health and Human Development, College of Business and Law Executive Development Programmes and UC Centre for Entrepreneurship, also won two awards; interior and architecture awards. The buildings took nearly all the awards in the Education Building award category.
The Ernest Rutherford and Rehua buildings will now be considered in the National New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards held in Queenstown in November.
The five-storey Ernest Rutherford building was also recognised at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards with an Excellence Award in the GIB Education Property Award.
Excellence awards are presented to projects that are among the best in the category. They symbolise excellence in the property industry across all aspects of the evaluation including: economic and financial; project vision and innovation; design and construction; owner and user satisfaction; and sustainability and efficiency of operation.
UC’s Executive Director of Learning Resources Alex Hanlon, who attended the awards ceremonies along with members of the project team, contractors and architects, is pleased with the result.
“This is an outstanding achievement for everyone involved and acknowledges the thought and consideration that has gone into the $1.2 billion campus transformation,” she says.
“The project teams aim to plan, design and manage projects in a way that contributes to the wellbeing and development of UC as a modern teaching, learning and research institute. It is gratifying to have both Ernest Rutherford and Rehua recognised with these awards.
“We build these facilities to provide thousands of people the opportunity to learn, research and contribute to society in their chosen fields as well as to advance knowledge creation. On all these counts these buildings will contribute to a brighter future for New Zealand.”
UC is renowned for its lush park-like surroundings. The University invites neighbours, alumni, visitors and the wider public to visit the campus, explore these and other buildings, relax and enjoy some of the hospitality on offer at UC in several cafes and restaurants.