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Welcome to the Te Rua Makerspace

Kia Ora and welcome to the Te Rua Makerspace, in the Puaka James Hight Library at UC. Please get in touch regarding anything Makerspace related. Ideas for workshops, discussion topics, suggestions, feedback and any questions welcome. Email me at

In the meantime, please check out my introduction video below, take care, and keep in touch!



Makerspace Facilitator

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Andy Johnson

Meet your new Makerspace Facilitator

General Information

What is the UC Library Te Rua Makerspace?

Makerspaces are places where people gather to make things, supported by knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, and with the needs of the specific user community in mind. They often sit in libraries as libraries already bring together diverse groups. Being a maker inspires creativity, collaboration and new interdisciplinary ideas. In particular, the opportunity to combine technology and crafting using tools and equipment that is not always available to an individual user.

Here at UC we want to host and nurture a creative interdisciplinary and inclusive space that combines hands-on activities in craft and technology applications outside of or supplementary to UC coursework. These activities might be as much about the opportunity to de-stress and maintain wellness as they are about collaborative learning.

​Relevant 2020 Library operational plan areas are:

  • ​alignment of services with graduate profile
  • collaborative working
  • ​emergence of new technologies and associated services

Please provide us with as much feedback as you can about the space, equipment, opening hours, staffing levels etc. We appreciate the chance to co-create this space with you all.

How do I use the Makerspace?

The ways to use the Makerspace are either for your own individual or group 'making' or by attending sessions organised in specific areas. e.g. upscaling jewellery, using the 3D printer, banner making etc.

Who can use the Makerspace?

Any member of the UC community can use the Makerspace. From time to time there will be activities that are specifically for students and staff and some programmes will have limited numbers permitted to participate for space and safety reasons. Some activities and programmes may have a charge for materials. This information will be advertised when we announce the date and time of those sessions.


Use of the Makerspace is at your own risk.  Please read the equipment safety sheets, follow the advice of Makerspace staff and adhere to protocols for using the space.