Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre is a partnership between Kāpiti College and the Kāpiti community, first conceived in 2013 and opening in February 2020. It is the first publicly owned specialist performance space on the Kāpiti Coast and seeks to meet the needs of young people, local performers and the people of the Kāpiti Coast.
The complex was designed by McKenzie Higham Architects, Wellington, and constructed by local company Multibuild Construction. Many of the subcontractors were local trades firms including Stones Electrical, Klee Plumbing and PureTech. Other significant contributions were made by Marshall Day Acoustic Engineers, Shand Shelton, StageMark, John Herbers and MDR.
The $12 million project was largely funded through the efforts of the Kāpiti College community, with classrooms funded by the Ministry of Education. Kāpiti Coast District Council contributed $1.6 million as a community share and other significant contributions have been Coastlands, New Zealand Community Trust, Rotary Club of Paraparaumu, Goodmans Ltd as well as our many community supporters.
This facility is also acknowledged as being one of regional significance – there is no other community facility like this between Wellington and Palmerston North. The Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre will contribute to increased community self-reliance, capacity building and stability and provide opportunities for social, recreational, civil and cultural participation.