The Board of Trustees and senior management of Kāpiti College have always viewed its buildings and facilities as community assets and make them available at affordable rates to community groups. Every evening, weekend and school holiday sees a variety of sports, performing arts and community groups using the hall, old gym, sports centre and grounds. Although the college only needed a $5 million centre for its own educational needs, the vision of a community venue quickly was adopted and funding partners sought. The Performing Arts Centre is funded with considerable Board funds, and fully supported as a community asset.
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education has long been a supporter of schools and communities developing partnerships for the benefit of all. The Ministry of Education facilitated the whole project by allowing the college to have the land where the performing arts centre is being built. The site faces on to Raumati Road which gives the Performing Arts’ Centre its own entrance and driveway, separate from the main college. Growth in the Kapiti College roll has meant financial support from the Ministry for specialist classroom spaces for the arts within the Centre.
KĀPITI COAST DISTRICT COUNCIL
As part of the Long Term Plan process 2015-2035, Kāpiti Coast District Council agreed to contribute $1.6 million to the Performing Arts Centre for it to be available for community use. Community groups will be able to use the main theatre and other facilities 300 days a year at affordable rates. The council plans to develop a civic performing arts facility in 2028-31 so supporting this project now will enable community access to a state-of-the-art performance venue more than a decade earlier than planned.
LOTTERY GRANTS BOARD
The Lotteries Significant Projects fund awarded the performing arts centre $750,000 and there was an additional $250,000 from the Lotteries Community Facilities grant. These grants were awarded recognising this centre will help connect communities and improve the well-being and quality of people’s lives. 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.
COASTLANDS SHOPPING TOWN LTD
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.
Coastlands Shopping Town has purchased the naming rights of the main theatre (the “Coastlands Theatre”) within the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre, for $500,000.
NEW ZEALAND COMMUNITY TRUST
The New Zealand Community Trust raises funds for sporting and community groups. A percentage of money raised from gaming machines in pubs goes back to the community through the Trust. Although funds primarily go to sporting groups, the Trust also support other important causes, including rescue and lifesaving services, community groups, education and the arts.
The New Zealand Community Trust has granted $200,000 to the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre towards the cost of the earthworks involved in completing the site for the building.
GOODMAN CONTRACTORS LTD
Goodmans are a large scale earthmoving family company situated in Waikanae on the Kāpiti Coast. They undertake a diverse range of work both large & small, and pride themselves on ‘Good people doing a Good job’. They have been operating for over 50 years in Kāpiti and most recently working on the Expressway Project. The business was started in 1963 by Rick Goodman and his brother. Since then Rick’s three sons and his daughter (Stan, Lance, Vaughan and Marianne) have joined the business and it continues to flourish. It was the 2014 Electra Kāpiti Horowhenua Business of the Year winner. Goodmans are supporting the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre with over $30,000 of earthmoving services.
The Paraparaumu Rotary Club has been going strong for over 60 years, making a difference within Kapiti. Paraparaumu Rotary is donating KPAC the net profits from its 14th Annual Rotary Arts show in Southward Car Museum, along with $30,000 from its Arts Show fund.
KAPITI MUSIC CENTRE
The Kapiti Music Centre is a non-profit trust supported by the Ministry of Education set up to teach groups of children to learn about, enjoy and appreciate music through learning to play an instrument. The Centre operates its classes from Kapiti College, and can’t wait for the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre to be build so classes can take place in our purpose-built facility. Kapiti Music Centre has donated $10,000 towards the building of KPAC.
Hello Digital is a full-service digital agency based in Wellington providing digital services all over the world. Directed by Kāpiti College alumni Angus Allan (class of 2014), Hello Digital is a fast-growing agency with clients in nine countries and growing.
MISFITT WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
Design with a difference from Kitty Fitton. Misfitt believes in better. Better service, design, care and follow-up. Kitty has donated her time to overhaul the entire digital space for the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre and ensure it has a modern clean space that is easy to navigate and use.
Do things differently. Do them better. Choose Misfitt.