Kura Matahuna – Unleash Space
Unleash Space’s Māori name is Kura Matahuna – the School of Hidden Potential. Unleash Space is your space to discover your hidden potential – create, play, make, invent, hack, experiment and do. Join us to build your skills and networks in a fun and supportive environment.
For those interested in exploring the world of innovation and entrepreneurship there are workshops, a bookable meeting room, brainstorming spaces, experts and inspiration for your projects and ventures.
Unleash Space is also home to:
Maker Space – For the University’s makers, creators, builders, fabricators and designers, there are 3D printers, a laser cutter, router, electronics, vacuum former, sewing machines, craft and art supplies and other tools and machinery. Learn more
Mentor sessions – Do you have a business idea, but no idea how to progress it? Are you a founder with a problem, or are you looking for some suggestions on how to grow your business? CIE’s Mentor sessions are for you! Learn more
Start-up Studio – A dedicated co-working space, Start-up Studio is actively used by a group of entrepreneurs and start-ups using Unleash Space as their home and place of work. Learn more
Velocity – More than an innovation and entrepreneurship student club, Velocity is New Zealand’s leading student entrepreneurship development programme. Learn more
We look forward to seeing you at Unleash Space! Unleash Space is located at the corner of Grafton Road and Symonds Street at the University of Auckland’s City Campus. Enter via the Engineering Building (Building 402), 20 Symonds Street.
09 923 4870 (within New Zealand)
+64 9 923 4870 (overseas)
General Unleash Space opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am-6.30pm.
Maker Space opening hours are Monday to Friday, 11am-5pm. Please note that the Maker Space will be closed over the University of Auckland’s mid-semester and inter-semester breaks.
Opening hours may be subject to change due to activities and events held in Unleash Space. We will do our best to limit disruptions to our regular hours, but please check our calendar for the latest updates.
Unleash Space’s Māori name is Kura Matahuna, gifted by Matua Rereata Makiha, (Ngāti Whakaheke, Te Aupōuri, Te Arawa) and Matua Manuka Henare, (Ngāti Hauā, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu).
Rereata Makiha explains:
Māori were a great lover of wisdom and philosophy and it is to these subjects that the term “Kura” applies – vade mecum: Hongi p153
Kura in the old language means precious treasure, sacred wisdom and philosophy. Divine law and natural phenomena. Kura tawhiti was an ancient sacred wisdom tree that grew at the centre of the earth where all known and unknown knowledge was kept. The knowledge was accessed by tohunga through the Kura Wananga. The knowledge tree in the movie Avatar is a perfect image of the Kura Tawhiti.
Matahuna refers to the unseen face or the unknown source. The wind for example is a matahuna. It can’t be seen but it can be detected by its impact on something (Tukāki Waititi: Ngati Hine/Whanau a Apanui). So what we have here is the idea of a group challenging the unknown and the unseen and as yet undeveloped territory. Its like our ancestors who called upon many knowledge sources, stars, animals, fish and bird migrations, to develop a wayfinding system that enabled them to populate 6.5 million square miles of ocean without any instruments. They used a collective knowledge gathered from the Kura Tawhiti.
So Kura Matahuna is the new journey into the future that challenges the “status quo”.
Unleash Space was founded as a partnership between the University of Auckland’s Business School and the Faculty of Engineering. Its creation and continued management has been led by the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Unleash Space was made possible due to the vision and generosity of our Founding Partners, who share our values of instilling an entrepreneurial ethos and skillset into the next generation of New Zealanders. Learn more