Back to business at Wellington campus

Massey Wellington staff and students returned to the campus today after it re-opened following Sunday’s earthquakes.

Structural engineers have assessed all buildings, including the multi-story student accommodation building, The Cube Apartments, where a formal inspection late yesterday confirmed its structure as sound.

Campus Registrar Deanna Riach says further investigations of the campus by facilities management staff also found campus buildings, services, and utilities to be functioning as normal.

“From our numerous inspections undertaken over the course of the last few days, it appears that the campus has held up very well with only minor issues identified that will be dealt with through maintenance procedures carried out by buildings and facilities management.”

A drop in welfare centre that was set up on the ground floor of The Cube remains open to offer counselling and support for students.

Ms Riach says the student health and counselling team is happy to provide additional support if needed, and appointments can be made through the clinic reception.

Acting Assistant Vice-Chancellor operations and University Registrar Dr Sandi Shillington offered her thanks to staff, several of whom had gone “beyond the call of duty,” in recent days, in ensuring a smooth closure and then re-opening of the campus.

She reminded all staff and students, including in Manawatū and Albany, to be mindful of emergency procedures in the event of another earthquake or emergency on campus.

The video link below provides tips on what do in an earthquake in a University environment equipped with specific facilities such as lecture theatres and laboratories. It was prepared for the 2012 national Shakeout earthquake drill.


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