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Newman Hall ‘Home away from Home’

A Brief History      

newmanhall-296Newman Hall was built in 1863 for Lawrence Nathan as a wedding present from David Nathan, and was then the only building on the north side of Waterloo Quadrant. Lawrence named it “Bella Vista”. After Lawrence died it became the property of the Buxton family and was converted for use as a private hotel, Glenalvon, and was eventually donated to the Auckland Catholic Diocese by Monsignor Buxton, for educational purposes.

From 1962 Newman Hall has been a centre for Catholic tertiary students and thus the presence of the Tertiary Chaplaincy at the University of Auckland. In 1999 it also became the home of the Catholic Institute of Theology and the Eugene O’Sullivan Library.

General Information

Newman Hall is located on the city campus of The University of Auckland and offers facilities to tertiary students around the area. The student lounge on the ground floor is a place to relax during lecture breaks with comfortable couches, kitchen facilities and has tea and coffee available. The Chaplaincy team is there to make you feel at home and offers to take you on a tour around the building. The Chapel is also on the ground floor and is a reflective space for students to spend a quite time with our Lord, present in the tabernacle. Mass is celebrated every day of the week in the Chapel, except the weekends and Monday. The Chaplaincy office is also on the ground floor and is there to help you with anything. The building has a UoA wireless connection for students to connect to the internet using their student/staff log in details. Students can use the Eugene O’Sullivan Library (check library of opening hours) downstairs for quiet study as well.

Newman Hall Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday                    9am-5pm

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