Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre

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

The vision

The Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre is the most significant new public building project for the Kāpiti Coast and surrounding areas in years. The venue will be a place to showcase the arts Kapiti is renowned for. Because it will be a community venue, there will be a large variety of performing arts. So whether you’re interested in drama, jazz, dance, orchestra, choir, contemporary rock there will be something for everyone. It will be a leading edge educational space as well as a hub for community arts. Here we can perform, share knowledge, grow innovative future leaders and continue to strengthen a safe, healthy and thriving community. The only state‐of‐the‐art community facility between Wellington and Palmerston North will befor the use and enjoyment of young and older residents, permanent and holiday homers now and in the future.

A $5 million fit-for-purpose performing arts centre was originally planned for Kāpiti College, but after strong support from the performing arts groups, a $10 million building design was developed to reflect the needs of the wider community. 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.

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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