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 great asset for Kapiti.
“I’m very excited to see the work already in progress on the Performing Arts Centre in Raumati”“In order for oujamie-selkirkr next generation of creative talent to thrive, we need to ensure they have the support and guidance to achieve their potential – this is exactly what the Centre will provide and I look forward to seeing its completion contribute significantly to the creative community.”
Selkirk together with Kristy Grant of Miramar Events Trust were at the College to present a trophy to CJ Puna who was one of a group of Kapiti College film makers who won the Supreme Award in the Roxy5 Short Film Competition last week in Wellington.  Black Dog was created by students CJ Puna, Romain Thevenon, Rachel Roberts, Nikau Wi Neera, Vanessa O’Neill, Corin Braddick and their teacher Alouis Woodhouse. The theme was ‘As Kiwi as’ and the group chose depression, focussing on the New Zealand tendency to keep quiet about mental illness.
Jamie Selkirk co-produced The Lord of the Rings film trilogy with Kapiti College alumni, Sir Peter Jackson and received the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for the last film of the trilogy, The Return of the King (2003)
He has a longstanding collaboration with Jackson and worked as the editor, sound editor, and postproduction supervisor for Jackson’s films Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, and Heavenly Creatures. Selkirk is a part time resident of Kapiti.


Just last week, entrepreneur and Kapiti College alumni Katherine Corich said Kapiti had the opportunity to create the next generation of entrepreneurs if it harnessed the opportunities created through the arts.
The founder of international tech consultancy Sysdoc was back in New Zealand to be inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame.  She was also awarded the Flying Kiwi award at the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards.katherine corichMs Corich shared a class with Sir Peter Jackson and Josef Roberts, the man who brought Red Bull into New Zealand and is now worldwide chief executive of BurgerFuel.
Ms Corich says local businesses and entrepreneurs need to understand the potential of what the proposed Kapiti Performing Arts Centre will do to help Kapiti stand out from other regions.  She says the value of training in the performing arts cannot be underestimated.
“When you’re operating globally in a complex business environment it is creativity that enables you to come up with solutions, it is creativity that helps you design new business models, products and services.”
“Some of the students that will be going through the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre will be designing  new solutions and new ways of dealing with the world’s problems.  That is what entrepreneurism is – turning an idea into a force for good.”
The $10 million Kapiti Performing Arts Centre is a partnership with Kapiti College and the Community.  Approximately $ 8million has been raised for the project through partnerships with the Kapiti District Council and Lotteries.  The school is currently seeking support for the last $2 million.
Options for naming rights sponsorships can be found on   The project team has also just launched a Give a Little campaign.
Supporters are invited to like the KPAC page:




For more information please phone:

Jennie Gutry
Chair Kāpiti College Board of Trustees
021 0776951

Tony Kane
Principal Kāpiti College
04 9025121

Cas Carter
Kāpiti College Board of Trustees + Chair KPAC Strategy & Planning
021 915410


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