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UCOL Wairarapa Campus

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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 have recently undergone significant upgrades  - they include:

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A purpose-built space for carpentry and joinery students, new science and clinical laboratories for nursing, health science, and beauty students and a café, learning support, disability support.
Health nurse and student association facilities have been modified to be located on the upper campus under one roof - the Student HUB.  


Current Facilities:

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.   

Computer Labs

Wairarapa computer labs

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

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Students and staff create a close-knit community where lecturers and support staff are readily accessible for advice and help.


Fully Equipped Trade Workshops

Student welding
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 

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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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Local Iwi  

Whakaoriori Marae 
Whakaoriori Marae ​

​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 Iwi to achieve the best educational outcomes for Maori.  ​

Campus Manager Angela Hewitt

Angela has enjoyed living in the Wairarapa for over 20 years. She has worked in the tertiary sector since 1999, starting with campus administration and moving into management in 2008.


Prior to that, Angela did some polytechnic study before starting her career in court reporting that saw her work both in 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 studied part-time, graduating with her Bachelor in Applied Management.


Regional provision and access to tertiary education, especially in Wairarapa where she considers home, 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.


​Recent History  

Youth Guarantee​ Scheme 


Youth Guarantee is for 16-18 year olds and offers a full year of study to students selected who meet government criteria and enrolment is a partnership between UCOL, the student and their parents/guardians. UCOL Wairarapa has a number of places available and staff will be happy to discuss eligibility with you.

Helping Community Groups

Proceeds from our annual house build are donated to local charities. The house build is a productive way for UCOL construction students to contribute to their community while gaining valuable hands-on experience in their chosen trade.


It is just one of the many exciting teaching innovations across all UCOL Wairarapa programmes where the students take their skills out into the community.



Contact Details 

Physical Address: 143-159 Chapel Street, Masterton 5810
Postal Address: P O Box 698, Masterton 5840
Phone: 0800 GO UCOL (0800 46 8265)
or (06) 946 2300
Email: enquiry@ucol.ac.nz





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