Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre

A venue for the Kapiti community to entertain and be entertained.

Rising Up

If you’ve been to Raumati recently you won’t fail to have noticed a huge grey structure rising from the earth near Kāpiti College on Margaret Road. The long-awaited Performing Arts Centre is coming together, and everyone is working hard. Volunteers and contractors from across our region have come together like never before to realise the vision of a modern, exciting and fresh Centre for not only the lucky students at Kāpiti College, but across the whole of the Kāpiti Coast and beyond.

You can be a part of this thrilling journey and share a part of its story. Full naming rights for some areas are available, leave a lasting legacy with our seat sponsorship offer, or simply chip in through our Give a Little page.
Come with us as we build the largest state-of-the-art community space between Wellington and Palmerston North. There’s something for everyone. Soon that grey concrete structure will be the place to be; not just on the Kāpiti Coast, but across the Lower North Island. Let’s make it happen together.

The venue includes

  • Coastlands Theatre: an approximately 330 seat theatre with a 17m x 9m stage and quality acoustics
  • Black box theatre for drama performance (with sprung floor)
  • Foyer with ticket office, café and toilets
  • Spaces/classrooms for music, dance and drama teaching
  • Small spaces for rehearsal & recording, and office space
  • Support spaces (green room, dressing rooms)
  • Storage areas

“Supporting community projects is an important part of giving back; creating opportunities for individuals as well as the district, to grow and develop.”

Richard Mansell

(Paraparaumu College Alumni) CEO, Coastlands Shoppingtown Ltd

“Creative thinking used in Performing Arts is the same creative thinking needed to create entrepreneurs.”

Katherine Corich

(Kapiti College Alumni) Founder & Director, Sysdoc Group Ltd

The benefits

Community space

The Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre will be a shared space between Kāpiti College and the local community, providing a creative hub to grow and showcase talents of all ages and abilities.

Shape our future leaders

Studies have shown that when the arts are central to learning it can change school culture and improve conditions for learning, faster than any other discipline. The skills learnt in the arts also help shape great business careers.

Shape our future leaders

Studies have shown that when the arts are central to learning it can change school culture and improve conditions for learning, faster than any other discipline. The skills learnt in the arts also help shape great business careers.

Economic Growth

Having a more affordable community venue will mean a more affordable night out on the Kāpiti Coast. More frequent performances to a larger audience will attract both regional and national tourism, boosting economic development for the district.

Improved learning outcomes

The centre will vastly improve learning outcomes for students at Kāpiti College and the wider region. Students who are more engaged with their community and have access to well-equipped facilities will be more motivated to succeed.

Observe Op ed

When it was first suggested I run a campaign to raise money for the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre, a professional fundraising friend gave me a one pager on how I should do it. At the bottom she wrote ‘last piece of advice – don’t accept the challenge.” That was four...

After years of planning and fundraising the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre is finally taking shape and with it another drive for support from the local community. The $10million centre is the most significant new public building project for Kāpiti in years with two...

Exciting Developments

After years of planning and fundraising the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre is finally taking shape and with it another drive for support from the local community. Over the last few weeks Raumati residents have watched concrete panels being rapidly erected which...

Kapiti Performing Arts Centre About to Take Shape

2018 is the year Kapiti residents will get to see the long awaited Kapiti Performing Arts Centre. Behind closed doors, parts of the building are being prefabricated and are expected to be delivered to the site in February. Chair of the KPAC Group Cas Carter says after...

Full Speed Ahead for Kapiti Performing Arts Centre in February

Expect a burst of building activity at the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre construction site in February. The ground works have been completed and the concrete foundation is in place awaiting a building tour-de-force. Kapiti College principal Tony Kane said a lot of...

Local Company supports Kapiti Performing Arts Centre

Another Kapiti company has got behind the planned Kapiti Performing Arts Centre.    Goodman Contractors has contributed all the earth works for the project to a value of over $30,000. Goodman Contractors CE, Stan Goodman says the company was pleased to be able to...

Academy Award winner throws support behind Kapiti Performing Arts Centre – 28 May 2016

Award winning film producer and Kapiti resident Jamie Selkirk has added his support to the proposed Kapiti Performing Arts Centre. Visiting Kapiti College, Academy Award winning film editor and producer Jamie Selkirk said the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre would be a...

Kapiti Performing Arts Centre offers seat sponsorship

Kapiti businesses are being invited to sponsor a seat and leave a legacy in the planned Kapiti Performing Arts Centre. At Coastlands last night (Wednesday 12 October), Kapiti College Board of Trustees Chair Jennie Gutry launched a campaign to ask local businesses to...

MEDIA RELEASE New Theatre named in Official Ceremony

Thursday 13th October 2016 - The newly anticipated Kapiti Performing Arts Centre Principal Theatre was last night named “Coastlands Theatre” in an official ceremony held at Coastlands Shoppingtown. Coastlands purchased the naming rights to the theatre for $500,000,...

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