Aotea College and Porirua City Council consultations in 2016 confirm a longstanding desire for a medium sized Performing Arts centre in the city.

In support

  • six feasibility studies commissioned by the council since 1994.

  • four years of dialogue with council and the wider community.

  • $1million in the long term work plan for Aotea College Performing Arts centre as the preferred option.   

  • a 500 seat facility plan developed by architects DesignGroup Stapleton Elliott.

Due to a change in circumstances the city council has recently withdrawn from a financial commitment. Although the college and community are disappointed, the Board of Trustees is determined to pursue the goal of a 500 seat facility for college and community use. The building of a new school provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure an important place for the community to provide a space for those who choose to live here, learn here and as the chairperson of the Porirua Arts Council put it “to share culture, talent and aspirations on a public stage”.

Architects DesignGroup Stapleton Elliott have detailed plans including options identified by Performing Arts groups in the community:

  • Foyer space for pre show catering.

  • Servery space to provide hot food items.

  • Proximity to a commercial kitchen within the college.

  • Separate facilities for performers and members of the audience

  • Secure storage space for properties between shows.

  • Loading dock to back of the stage to allow direct load in/out of temporary equipment.

  • Structures to support rigging.for sound and lighting.

  • Control box for lighting and sound.

  • Acoustically engineered spaces

  • Backstage areas and changing rooms

  • Availability for up to 48 weekends per year, 12 complete weeks per year and approximately 336 evenings per year.

The Venue

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