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NZ Chapter - Quality Learning Spaces - Western Springs College Ngā Puna O Waiōrea

  • 17 March 2021
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (NZDT)
  • Western Springs College, 100 Motions Rd, Auckland, 1022


                                 Rebuilding Quality Learning Spaces for a just and sustainable society


Join us for our first event of 2021, a tour of the largest secondary education re-build in Aotearoa, Western Springs College Ngā Puna o Waiōrea.

'Springs' is a school well known for their bicultural Waka Hourua approach: a double hulled canoe of English medium and Māori immersion education with co-principals.

Ivan Davis, Western Springs College's Principal, and Hamish Boyd, Principal Architect, together with Meiling Honson, from JASMAX, will present this complex and significant project, explaining the guiding pedagogy and the guiding design principles involved in its delivery.

Western Springs College Ngā Puna O Waiōrea is a co-educational, co-governance secondary school alongside a Te Reo Maori immersion kura and TAPAC.


Originally built in 1963 on a landfill site over a historic lava flow, the brief for the 10,390m² redevelopment project was to design for 1,700 students and to future proof for 2,500.

By 2013, 80% of the campus’ buildings had been marked for demolition, largely due to subsidence issues.  The need to substantially rebuild allowed the school to redefine their approach to teaching and learning. Allowing them to shift from a traditional pedagogy to a fully collaborative Innovative Learning Environment.

The new space comprises four buildings: a 6,900m² three-storey ‘Ken Havill Main Block’ teaching and learning building, a new multi-purpose gymnasium, a two-storey teaching and learning building for Waiōrea ‘Waiōteao’ and the Whare Tapere ‘Te Rehu’, a multi-purpose performance space.

The overall masterplan connects the green spaces in the heart of the campus to the adjacent Meola and Motions Creek reserve reaching back to Owairaka and enhances the community connection into the campus.

This is the first secondary school building of this scale in New Zealand which fully embraces an Innovative Learning Environment and was at full operational capacity on opening day.

Images @ Photographer Dennis Radermacher of Lightforge, on behalf of JASMAX

The event starts at 5:00pm with networking and refreshments, followed at 5:40pm with presentations from speakers and a tour of the facilities.


- All non-LENZ members - $20.

- Learning Environments New Zealand members - free.

For Full information and to book Tickets follow here

Members please e-mail nzadmin@a4le.org.nz for the promotional code to access your ticket discount.

Registered Architects can apply for 15 CPD points for attending this event - (75% design, 25% core professional development)

This event is kindly sponsored by:    FURNWARE


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