Madeleine Martin discusses the recent opening of the Health Technology Centre and her vision for its role within the healthtech innovation ecosystem.
Image: Madeleine Martin (centre) with Te Papa Hauora’s Pip Griffin (left) and Andrew Clews from Callaghan Innovation at a recent Canterbury Health Innovation Networking event.
The Ōtautahi Christchurch Health Technology Centre in Te Matatiki Toi Ora - The Arts Centre has recently opened to create a space for a cluster of healthtech companies and the wider community to work from a unique and collaborative environment.
Te Matatiki Toi Ora - The Arts Centre is the largest collection of category 1 listed heritage buildings in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Health Technology Centre now sits at its heart, occupying most of the Engineering Extensions building built in 1923 and the top floor of the Electrical Engineering building built in 1902. The buildings were extensively damaged in the Canterbury Earthquakes, but have been seismically strengthened, restored, and linked by a new overhead bridge, the Bridge of Aspiration. The building restoration has been meticulous, and heritage features have been retained wherever possible, down to student and thespian graffiti in the rafters.