Otago Polytechnic is considering following the example
set by sports venues and selling the naming rights to its
Chief executive Phil Ker discussed the idea at a polytechnic
council meeting when it was agreed it be further explored
before a final decision was made.
In a report tabled at the meeting, Mr Ker said money from
naming rights could go towards the Otago Polytechnic
Education Foundation, a trust established to promote ''the
advancement of knowledge and sound learning''.
Mr Ker said he anticipated some staff might not be too
enthusiastic about buildings being sponsored.
''My gut tells me that this will be one of those ones that
staff will hold passionate views about,'' he said.
The idea was in its early stages and there would be
consultation with staff before a final decision was made, he
The polytechnic would also look at naming its buildings -
which are currently assigned a letter of the alphabet, for
example ''H block'' - after significant people in its
''The current use of the term block is not only uninspiring
but also means that we are foregoing the opportunity for
building nomenclature to celebrate aspects of our history
including significant people or events,'' Mr Ker said in the
Otago Polytechnic Council chairwoman Kathy Grant was
enthusiastic about renaming its buildings.
''I feel quite strongly about this issue and I am pleased to
see that it is being discussed.''