Te Āhuru Recreation Centre in the Te Āhuru Mayoral Drive Student Accommodation building is now open, with brand-new facilities and multi-use activity spaces.
The centre is accessible to all students and features:
The student lounge and common areas have moveable furniture to encourage a diverse range of activities, from music and dance performances, to games and film screenings.
A large interactive screen, a stadium with a viewing area, and a sprung floor room are some of the features that encourage sports events and social activities.
The centre is led by staff and students, with AUT and AUTSA working together in a partnership model.
Group Director Student Services Joanna Scarbrough says the new facilities will enhance the AUT student experience on campus.
“This is the first time we’ve had this kind of facility available for students at the City Campus, and we hope the centre provides a safe place for sport and activities that support student wellbeing and encourage social connections and a sense of belonging at AUT,” says Joanna.
Te Āhuru Mayoral Drive Accommodation is made up of the North Tower which has 391 rooms, and the South Tower, which has 306 rooms.
The towers are joined by a common level that stretches across both buildings. The shared space comprises study rooms, the laundry, the lounge, a games room, a BBQ courtyard, leisure courtyard, a communal kitchen and dining area, theatre, and a music room.
The reception and management offices are in the North Tower.
The South Tower contains the new Student Recreation Centre, reception areas, changing rooms, lockers, equipment storage and staff office spaces.