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Negotiations continue for community use of VUW’s Karori campus

Negotiations are continuing for the city to acquire part of Victoria University’s Karori campus, which the university is selling. Latest details of negotiations, released today by Cr Diane Calvert, show a disagreement between the university and the Ministry of Education, which is seeking to buy some of the campus land.

Media release from Cr Diane Calvert
Victoria University recently advised they have put the whole of the Karori Campus site, (excluding the carparking area purchased by the Wellington City Council for the Karori Swimming Pool) on the open market with tenders closing in late November. VUW considers that the University has complied with its obligations under the Public Works Act.

The Ministry of Education had been negotiating with VUW under the Public Works Act in relation to its requirements for educational purposes. Recreational courts space on the campus site is included in these requirements (for both educational and community use).

On Tuesday this week, myself, the Mayor and the Chief Executive from the Council met with Minister Kaye, local MP Grant Robertson and senior Ministry of Education officials to discuss the state of negotiations in respect of the Karori Campus and the Ministry’s requirements under the Public Works Act.

The Ministry has advised that I may publicly release their letter to me. The Council supports the Ministry’s position.

We look forward to these negotiations reaching a satisfactory outcome for all parties. Local councillors (myself, Simon Woolf and Andy Foster) will also continue to advocate for the continuation and expansion of community activities on any part of the site that is not subject to the Public Works Act.