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Atawhai community

The Atawhai community is on Keiller Place, Palmerston North. It is a peaceful residential area, located on a sunny ridge above the Manawatū campus. Atawhai is a short but steep 10 minute walk along a pathway, with 150 steps, to campus. The pathway is well formed and has good lighting.

Atawhai consists of thirteen five-bedroom units and nine two-bedroom units. The two-bedroom family units are for students with one or two dependent children.

  • Self-contained and fully furnished. Sheets and pillowcases are provided, but residents must bring their own towels and blankets. Bedding packages can be purchased for $99.00.
  • Ideal for mature students and students studying at postgraduate level.

2021 Room rates

All students can pay by semester or full year. Only domestic students can pay on a weekly basis by direct debit.

Room type


Full year

Semester one

Semester two

Single room $179.00 $7,160.00 $3,401.00 $3,580.00
Family unit $240.00 $9,600.00 $4,560.00 $4,800.00

Please note: Room rates include the cost of reasonable electricity use. Residents who use an excessive amount of electricity will pay the extra cost.


To secure your accommodation, you will need to pay the following fees first:

Deposit Break Down

Full Year

Semester Only

Administration Fee $100.00 $100.00
Bond $450.00 $450.00
Activity Fee  $120.00 $80.00
Total $670.00 $630.00

Please note: Cancellations must be received by 18 January 2021 to secure a refund of the bond and activity fee. The administration fee is non-refundable. 

Contract dates 2021



Start and end dates

Full year 40 weeks 16 February 2021 to 23 November 2021
Semester one 19 weeks 16 February 2021 to 29 June 2021
Semester two 20 weeks 6 July 2021 to 23 November 2021


  • Residential staff provide pastoral care.
  • Residential Assistants support the Halls Management Team to create a fun, safe place to live and achieve academic success.
  • Chaplaincy and religious services are available at The Centre
  • Supportive village-like atmosphere for residents.

Massey Halls Manawatu - Accommodation Handbook 2021.pdf



Self-catered. Residents cook their own meals in their accommodation.


Each unit comes with a telephone. Residents will need to set up the service when they arrive.


Wireless internet is available throughout the hall and is included in room rates (400GB per month on up to 3 devices).

Computer lab

Access to a mini computer lab with three university-networked computers and one printer.


Bedrooms come with heaters in both the family and single units.


Basic furniture and whiteware is provided. Items that are not provided will need to be supplied by the residents. Each bedroom comes with a single bed.


Each family unit has a bathroom with shower and toilet. The single occupancy, five bedroom units come with two showers and one toilet for five residents.


Each unit comes with a washing machine. Two clothes dryers and outside clothes lines are available at the shared common room.


Each two bedroom unit comes with a car park. A communal car park is available for residents living in the five bedroom units.

Campus car parking is available in the large Orchard Road car park, at a cost of $2.00 per exit. Pre-pay parking is only available to students in Bourke Road car park.

Bike storage is available in a sheltered shed.

Tour the accommodation at Atawhai

Take a virtual tour of a family unit and the common room at the Atawahi community.

Contact details


Phone: +64 6 356 9099 extn. 84163
Emergency only phone: +64 27 246 2316 (Hall Duty RA)

Postal address:

Unit number (1 to 25) Keiller Place
Palmerston North 4410


Keiller Place, Fitzherbert, Palmerston North

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