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Wellington campus reopens, events go ahead

All events at the University's Wellington campus went ahead as planned on Saturday and yesterday after the campus reopened on Saturday morning.

The campus was closed temporarily from 4pm after Friday's magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the upper South Island and Wellington region.

Structural engineers have assessed and cleared all campus buildings, including the nine-storey student accommodation building, the Cube Apartments.

Surface water damage from a split copper water tank was experienced in the Adelaide Rd building, which houses staff from the School of Public Health, but campus facilities director Gordon Whyte says this issue has been resolved and a further re-assessment from a structural engineer this morning cleared the building for re-occupation.

Mr Whyte says none of the buildings on campus have been assessed as earthquake-prone, meaning that all exceed 34 per cent of current building standards. The campus and most of the suburb of Mt Cook is also built on bedrock, making it more stable than other parts of Wellington.

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