Living Campus

The Living Campus has turned Otago Polytechnic’s existing Dunedin campus into an open-air interactive museum experience, vibrant community garden and sustainable model of urban agriculture.

It’s the first of its kind in Australasia! Through Living Campus, we hope to raise awareness and change attitudes towards how we use land by creating a visionary hub and offering educational tours and workshops to inform people about how this can be done.

Living Campus includes the whole campus green space and shows elements of sustainable operations that guide us to care for our earth, care for people and share by modelling:

  • Food growing
  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Energy efficiency
  • Waste and water recycling
  • Plant material for cultural, artistic and therapeutic purposes

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Your pick

Visit the edible gardens around campus and pick fresh greens to subsidise that grocery bill.
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Adopt a garden

Grow your own vegetables on a campus allotment – lunchtimes, Mondays and Thursdays.
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Pizza oven and hangi pit

Throw a pizza party or host a hangi outside Manaaki! Contact Hospitality on 479 6172 to hire.

For more information about Living Campus please contact:


Living Campus staff

Kim Thomas

Lisa Burton


Hospitality – Technique training restaurant

Tony Heptinstall