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New UC hall on track despite lockdown

Travis Mitchell
UC Halls
An artist Impression of Tupuānuku  The University of Canterbury (Supplied)

University of Canterbury's future student hall, Tupuānuku, is on track to be completed before the next academic year starts.

Tupuānuku will accommodate 504 students from next year.

A University of Canterbury spokesperson said construction of the facility had been delayed by lockdown, but builders had worked over-time to make up for lost time.

Students wishing to live in Tupuānuku next year will not get the opportunity to look through the halls before moving in.

The university cited health and safety as the reason Tupuānuku was not included in upcoming open day tours.

Tupuānuku is one of nine stars seen within the cluster of Matariki, Te Iwa o Matariki. It is the star that is connected to kai (food) and rongoā (traditional medicines) that are grown within the soil, or harvested from the ground.

The hall is located in Homestead Lane, adjacent to the Ilam Homestead and Ilam gardens, across the road from campus. 

Tupanuku Bedroom
Artist Impression of a bedroom within Tupuānuku Supplied by The University of Canterbury.