27 September 2017

A new home for international students

Auckland has a new central city community facility where international students are welcome.

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The newly refurbished Ellen Melville Centre and redesigned Freyberg Place.

After extensive refurbishment, the Ellen Melville Centre and redesigned Freyberg Place in the heart of the city have re-opened to the public in September 2017.

The combined facility offers an open air public space for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine, as well as an indoor community centre with an exciting new range of programmes and activities – many of them free of charge.

The Auckland Agency Group (AAG), a cross-agency collaboration of central and local government agencies set up to improve international student wellbeing in Auckland, welcomes the new space and format. 

Hayley Shields, ENZ’s Director of Student Experience and Chair of AAG, said the location of the new community centre makes it an ideal spot for international students to meet locals and other students.

“An estimated 20,000 international students reside in the CBD and want to be part of the local community.

“The centre will be a great place where international students can converge, meet and make new friends and feel part of the community.”

Formerly known as Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Hall, the new Ellen Melville Centre has five diverse spaces that can be booked for meetings, private functions, exhibitions, films, concerts and performances.

Individuals, and arts, cultural and community groups interested in providing programmes at the centre are encouraged to make contact on this link.

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