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 work, such as panelling and steelwork, was being carried out off-site.

But by about early February, over a period of about three weeks, “there will be a building there”.tony

“Forty-five truckloads of panels going up.”

Mr Kane said the arts centre, in the college grounds, would be just under twice the size of the college’s new gymnasium.

Cas Carter, Chair of the Arts Centre Group  said the centre started out as a school project.

“We could have built something just for the school but when wewent out and started talking to the community there was a very strong response to say we need something for the community that helps us to grow the performing arts within the schools but also within the community itself and to showcase it,” she said.

“It’s great to see it taking shape.”

She said the arts centre started out as a $4 million project but was now a $10m project.

“The good news is we’re nearly there.

“We only need $800,000.”

Ken Young, a contributor to the New Zealand music scene for many years, initially as a principal tuba in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and then as a conductor and composer, said the opportunities for college students and the greater community “to use a facility like this to enlarge their art and their capabilities as artists and young professionals is just extraordinary”.

“I can’t think of anything else in New Zealand quite like this, especially in the school grounds.”

Many performing groups and soloists, both nationally and internationally, would “benefit enormously from this”.

“I’ve been playing in, and conducting, performances of various types in small venues in Wellington for over 40 years.

“And it’s very frustrating trying to find a place with good acoustics, good facilities and a big enough capacity, let alone a [orchestra] pit.

“I’m very excited and can’t wait for this to open.”

Kapiti Performing Arts Centre facts box:

* Coastlands Theatre: about 330 seats with a 17m x 9m stage, orchestra pit and quality acoustics

* Black box theatre for drama performance, with sprung floor

* Foyer with ticket office, cafe and toilets

* Spaces/classrooms for music, dance and drama teaching

* Small spaces for rehearsal and recording, and office space

* Support spaces including green room, dressing rooms

* Storage areas

Local Company supports Kapiti Performing Arts Centre

Another Kapiti company has got behind the planned Kapiti Performing Arts Centre.   goodmans
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 substantially contribute to what will be an iconic venue for the Kapiti region.
“We are a family business and have always had a focus on supporting young people in the region and creating opportunities for them.    Creating a resource such at this Performing Arts Centre on the Kapiti Coast will make this a desirable place for young people and those involved in the Performing Arts.”
“Having a resource of this calibre will be an asset for the whole community as, because of it, we will not only be able to enjoy the high standard of arts in this region but also attract acts from other parts of the country and possibly overseas.”
Kapiti College Board of Trustees Chair Jennie Gutry welcomed the significant contribution from Goodman Contractors.
“It was the community that asked for us to build a Performing Arts Centre suitable for the needs of the whole region, and we are grateful to Goodman Contractors for recognising the importance of everyone in the community needing to get behind this exciting project. ‘_1340793
“it is fantastic to see things starting to happen on the site and we sincerely thank Goodman’s for completing the earthworks.”
The Kapiti Performing Arts Project has recently announced a number of ways businesses and individuals can contribute to the project.  This includes:  naming rights sponsorship opportunities, premium and gold seat sponsorships and a Give a Little page
“The Kapiti Performing Arts Centre will be a centre piece of the community for generations to come.   It will be a place to learn, to teach and to be entertained.  In that way, it is something the whole community can be connected to.”
The Kapiti Performing Arts Centre project recently announced that Coastlands had agreed to become the first naming rights sponsor – sponsoring the principal Theatre in the Centre.

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 http://kapitiartscentre.nz/namingrights/.   The project team has also just launched a Give a Little campaign. https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/kapitiperformingartscentre.
Supporters are invited to like the KPAC page:  https://www.facebook.com/projectkpac.

 

 

 

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

 

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 sponsor seats for the Centre which is due to be completed in early 2018.
“We have been delighted with the level of interest from businesses in the community over the last year, eager to support the Centre and have developed this sponsorship opportunity as a result. “
Mrs Gutry says sponsoring a seat will leave a legacy in Kapiti.

_1370054 The first seatbuyer Rudy van Vlerken – Pzazz
“The Kapiti Performing Arts Centre will be a centre piece of the community for generations to come and we invite businesses to be a part of that.    It will be a place to learn, to teach and to be entertained.  In that way, it is something the whole community can be connected to.”
“Creativity is not just about being on the stage, to survive in the business world today we must all be creative.   A business can sponsor a seat to recognize the importance of creativity in a tangible way.”
“Sponsoring a seat is also a wonderful opportunity to honour members of the community who have contributed to the region particularly through education, the arts or business development.  It may be something community groups wish to work together to do. “
Mrs Gutry said Kapiti College had received overwhelming support and enthusiasm from the community for this project and there were many opportunities to donate or partner with the Performing Arts Centre in a large or small way.
These include: naming rights opportunities, premium and gold seat sponsorship and a give a little campaign.
The Kapiti Performing Arts Centre will include a 348 seat performance theatre, a black box theatre seating 100, a drama and dance studio, music and film making classrooms and practice rooms, a recording studio and a box office.
The original design was for a $4.5 million facility which suited the college needs but strong interest from the community resulted in the Kapiti College Board of Trustees commissioning a $10 million design.
“While our future performing artists are foremost in the College’s mind, we have consulted widely with the community, particularly the performing arts sector who see a real need for a venue which will be available to teach and showcase local artists as well as attract national and international acts.”
Mrs Gutry says thanks to the input from the community, the new centre will provide an affordable space for community performers, a modern theatre with quality acoustics good enough to attract national and international acts with support spaces such as a green room and practice areas.
“We have been delighted to receive strong support from Lotteries, the Kapiti District Council and the Ministry of Education, Coastlands, Goodmans, Paraparaumu Rotary and the Kapiti Music Centre.

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For more information please phone:
Jennie Gutry
Chair
Kapiti College Board of Trustees
021 0776951

Tony Kane
Principal
Kapiti College
04 9025121

Cas Carter
Kapiti College Board of Trustees & Chair KPAC Strategy and Planning Group
021 915410

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, helping to fund the $10 million dollar project that will provide a venue that aims to attract local, national and international acts.

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The performing arts centre will include a 348 seat performance theatre, a black box theatre seating 100, a drama and dance studio, music and film making classrooms and practice rooms, a recording studio and a box office.

Richard Mansell, CEO Coastlands Shoppingtown says supporting community projects is an important part of giving back as well as supporting town growth.

“Community facilities such as the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre will help bring new people into our community. As a local business, we should support and contribute to these facilities that not only will benefit our local community, but help to grow our district.“

Kapiti College Board of Trustees Chair, Jennie Gutry says Kapiti College is delighted with the community’s support and enthusiasm, with many businesses choosing to take opportunities to donate or partner with the Performing Arts Centre in both large and small ways.

“We are grateful to Coastlands for recognising the potential of the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre for the region. By backing the project so generously, Coastlands is showing strong support for the performing arts in our region, now and for future generations, as well as for the public who will get to enjoy the arts in a purpose built contemporary venue.”

The Kapiti Performing Arts Project is continuing to seek funds from businesses and individuals, who can contribute to the project in numerous ways including: naming rights, sponsorship opportunities, premium and gold seating sponsorships and contributions via their Give a Little page.

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ABOUT COASTLANDS
Coastlands Shopping Town is a family owned business since 1969 has over 100 local shareholders. Housing over 120 businesses, they help provide over 1,500 local jobs and donate over $100,000 back to the community annually.  Coastlands have previously funded several community projects including, The Coastlands Aquatic Centre, The Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf, and plans to continue heavily invest into the Kapiti Community.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Richard Mansell, Coastlands CEO | 021 1045011
Cas Carter, Kapiti College Board of Trustees & Chair KPAC Strategy and Planning Group | 021 915410