A modern learning environment

Education story Rehua

Take advantage of flexible learning facilities equipped with the latest technology.


In Ngāi Tahu narratives, Rehua was the son of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Earth Mother), and a rangatira (chief) among the stars in the night sky. As well as being the brightest whetū (star), Rehua heralds the beginning of raumati (summer), and is associated with wellness, healing, and leadership. The name of our building, Rehua, has been given by Ngāi Tūahuriri, the hapu who hold the mana whenua for Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, and is the new home for Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development.

This building is the central hub for education, health sciences, entrepreneurship, and executive development, where students from all subjects are supported in their studies and theit professional and personal growth.


Rehua is a high-technology, innovative, and flexible working space where you can learn using 21st century teaching theory and practice.

Within Rehua you’ll find:

  • large flexible learning spaces
  • the latest technology
  • formal teaching spaces
  • social spaces
  • meeting and project rooms
  • a cultural function space
  • health clinics
  • a ‘makerspace’
  • a lightfilled atrium
  • a café.
Letitia Fickel

Professor Letitia Fickel

Amorangi Taupua | Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development

"Rehua is a beautiful new home for the College, right in the heart of the Ilam campus. It has been designed with a variety of informal, formal, and flexible spaces, utlising state-of-the art technology to enable digitally-supported learning opportunities.

This is a huge advantage to our students studying to become teacher, as they will have first-hand experience in how to maximise benefits from these types of innovative teaching-learning environments.

They will graduate from UC understanding how digital technologies can be best used to create ako-centred practices that enhance student learning."