Wananga landing Wananga landing

A modern learning environment

28 August 2023

At UC you can 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.

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 their 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
  • Te Moana nui a Kiwa - a cultural function space
  • Pukemanu Centre health clinics
  • UC Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Makerspace - for all creative UC students and staff interested in active making, design and prototyping
  • UC MBA and Whakangungu Ngaiotanga | Executive Education programmes
  • a light-filled atrium
  • Therapy café.


Our design

The design themes in Rehua are intended to create a sense of belonging for everyone who comes into the building. Inspiration was drawn from the Ngāi Tahu help point towers around the campus as well as the local landscape. The colour palette draws on the natural surroundings ranging from clay/earth/whenua (basement) to the sky/rangi (Level 7).


Description of colour palette used in Rehua building interior
Education story Letitia Fickel
Professor Leticia Fickel

Emeritus Professor
Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education

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 teachers, 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.

Privacy Preferences

By clicking "Accept All Cookies", you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyse site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.