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Vic doesn't want Karori campus

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/08/2016

Wellington's Victoria University says it no longer needs its multi-million dollar campus in the suburb of Karori, which it bought for $10 from the government in 2012, and may sell it.

Most of the university campus is close to the central city, but Karori doesn't fit that description.

"This isolation has always created a sense of disconnection for staff and students at Karori," says Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford.

The university had decided against using the campus, which had been for teacher training, for accommodation, redeveloping the facility for other activities or finding another user.

Prof Guilford said it could take up to two years to dispose of the campus, which encompasses 3.7 hectares and includes 20 buildings.

The university was required to obtain formal approval to dispose of the campus, discharging its responsibilities under the Public Works Act, completing all legal requirements and taking into account the needs of stakeholders and the Karori community, he said.

The Wellington City Council says the campus is important to local clubs and communities and it will be working with the university to try and look after their interests.

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