UCSA – Haere-roa
When the new University of Canterbury Students' Association (UCSA) building opens its doors, it will provide a vibrant hub for student life and activities, and become a pivotal part of the student experience.
Due to open in 2019, the new UCSA building will include student welfare and advocacy spaces, an outdoor amphitheatre overlooking the Ōtakaro Avon River, as well as club, meeting, hospitality, office and event spaces.
A key feature of the UCSA building will be the new Ngaio Marsh Theatre and Performance Centre, a flexible space capable of hosting 300 people seated or 1,000 people standing. It will be used for student performances and concerts, and provide a central space that the UCSA’s 130 affiliated clubs and societies can use for meetings and events. The local community will also be able to enjoy the new Ngaio Marsh Theatre, whether it’s watching a show, attending a concert or using the space for a community event when students are not on campus.
In July 2017 the UCSA announced the new building will be called Haere-roa, which translates to the longest stream or the long wanderer. It recognises the UCSA building as a space that hosts and welcomes people. The name has been gifted to the UCSA by mana whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri and is linked to the Ōtākaro Avon River, which flows past the UCSA site.
The new UCSA building will serve UC students well into the future. Their experience at UC will be enriched by having a place they can go to on campus that complements their study with social, recreational and community engagement opportunities.