A vibrant campus

Health story Manawa building

Health and wellness are at the heart of the campus and the city.

Rehua is your home on campus

We are proud that Rehua, our new building on Ilam campus, is embraced by students from across the University. Make use of our study spaces, catch up with friends at Therapy, the in-house café, and join us for morning karakia and waiata during term time. Make Rehua your home on campus.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our Sport Science, Biomechanics, and Strength and Conditioning laboratories provide you with a dynamic environment filled with sport-related technologies, testing, and performance equipment. Performance analysis software is used to assist students, community, and professional athletes and sports groups with strength and conditioning training, and improving performance and technique.

Classrooms are placed alongside gym spaces so that you can apply theory directly into practice. Adaptable labs transform from lesson to lesson — one day you’ll be using radar equipment to gauge throwing speeds, the next a trampoline to test the effects of short-burst interval training on fitness gains.

In the heart of the health precinct

Many of our postgraduate health courses are based at Manawa, in the heart of the city, connecting students and staff with the central city health precinct and world-class sports facilities.

Manawa is a world-class hub for health education, research, and innovation, bringing together a network of world-class researchers, students, and clinicians. A collaboration between UC, Ara Institute of Canterbury, and Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), Manawa is part of Ōtautahi Christchurch’s new Te Papa Hauora | Health Precinct.

Guest lectures, workshops, and seminars are held in Manawa each year, placing our academics at the forefront of the health sector.



In Ngāi Tahu narratives, Rehua was the son of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Paptuanuku (Earth Mother) and a rangatira chief among the stars in the night sky. As well as being the brightest whetu (star), Rehua heralds the beginning of raumati (Summer) and is associated with wellness, healing, and leadership. 

The name of our building Rehua, was given by Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the hapu who hold the mana whenua for Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha University of Canterbury.