UCOL Wairarapa Campus
UCOL's Wairarapa campus is based in the sunny town of Masterton, close by the town's shopping precinct. UCOL has developed strong ties with local organisations and has created a distinct presence in the region.
The well-resourced campus is made up of single storey buildings set amongst majestic trees, streams and green grass, providing a peaceful environment in which to study.
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Wairarapa facilities are currently undergoing significant upgrades - they include:
A purpose-built space for carpentry and joinery students, new science and clinical laboratories for nursing, health science, sports, and beauty students and a café, learning support, disability support.
Health nurse and student association facilities are being modified to be located on the upper campus under one roof.
Work will be complete by mid-February before most students arrive for the start of the year.
Library and Learning Hub
Our library has recently joined the SMART library network, this gives students the freedom to acquire books from other libraries within the wider region on the Wairarapa if not available from the well-stocked facility on campus. UCOL shares its library resources across all campuses.
Computers are available for student use and are equipped with up to date software and modern hardware. These computer labs can be located throughout the campus. Wireless internet services have also been set up for students.
Strong Student Support
Students and staff create a close-knit community where lecturers and support staff are readily accessible for advice and help.
Fully Equipped Trade Workshops
To match the ever-increasing demand the campus has recently expanded facilities for trades training. Included within these facilities are an automotive garage, carpentry workshop and culinary kitchen - all based upon the industry workplace.
Beauty and Hairdressing Salon
Hairdressing and beauty students are offered a studio mirrored to be that of a modern work-place, as UCOL offers hairdressing services - students are never short of getting hands-on practice on real heads of hair.
Free On-site Laptops
Laptops are available from the library for use while students are on campus. This is available all year and is cost-free.
The main campus is located at 143 Chapel Street, Masterton
Most programmes have a vocational focus so that students can take advantage of the up to date facilities the campus provides to aid their study. Programmes available cover a broad range of areas from automotive and carpentry to health sciences and early childhood education.
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UCOL's Whakaoriori Marae is a distinct sign of the significant Maori influence within the Wairarapa region It is often host to many Iwi gatherings and events, UCOL works closely with local to achieve the best educational outcomes for Maori.
Campus Manager Angela Hewitt
Angela has enjoyed living in the Wairarapa for the past 20 years. She has worked in the tertiary sector for over 10 years, starting with campus administration and moving into management five years ago.
Prior to that, Angela did some polytechnic study before starting her career in court reporting that saw her work in both New Zealand and Australia, then moved into administration and management roles in a variety of sectors. Her experience has been gained “on the job” over the years, and latterly she has been studying part-time and is on track to graduate this year with her Bachelor in Applied Management.
Regional provision and access to tertiary education, especially in her beloved Wairarapa, is what drives her to ensure that students can study locally and succeed with quality qualifications and skills to gain careers that enhance their lives.
Why The Wairarapa?
The Wairarapa is a vast region and is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes that New Zealand has to offer. An escape to the native Tararua Forest park is only a fifteen minute drive from the town of Masterton.
The town of Masterton is one of the oldest towns in New Zealand and has historical buildings such as the train station, opened in 1880 and still home to many locomotives.
The great outdoors dominate most of the activities in The Wairarapa, these include golfing surfing and hiking.
The hiking tracks are world renowned, they include The Aorangi Forest, The Carter Scenic Reserve, Rimutaka Forest Park and The Taraua Forest Park.
Masterton is also home to beautiful wild surf beaches of Castlepoint and Riversdale.
The Wairarapa region is home to hot summers, temperatures average at about 23.8 degrees. Winters are mild with an average temperature of about 10.9 degrees.
Youth Guarantee Scheme
In late 2011 UCOL Wairarapa increased their number of places on the Youth Guarantee programme which provides free study to 16 and 17-year-olds who want to start vocational training.
This year UCOL Wairarapa filled four allotted places on the Government’s Youth Guarantee initiative which aims to make tertiary education available to students who may be struggling in school settings and want to focus on vocational qualifications. UCOL has now been allocated extra places for next year.
Youth Guarantee offers a full year of study to students who are selected in cooperation with local secondary schools and the Social Development Ministry, with the involvement of parents and guardians.
Helping Community Groups
Adopt a Kindy is a programme where Wairarapa students use their skills to contribute to the local community by donating their finished buildings to community kindergartens.
Adopt a Kindy is a highly productive way for UCOL carpentry students to be involved in the community, while gaining valuable hands on experience in their chosen trade.
It is just one of many exciting teaching innovations across all UCOL Wairarapa programmes, where the students take their skills out into the community.
||143-159 Chapel Street, Masterton 5810|
||P O Box 698, Masterton 5840|
||0800 GO UCOL (0800 46 8265)|
||or (06) 946 2300|