Curtain Up Soon For Tutus And All At Performing Arts Centre

The Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre at Raumati Beach is opening soon with performances from the Royal NZ Ballet and the National Orchestra.

The Centre on Raumati Road is nearly completed and will be open for the public to explore on Saturday, 22nd of February. 

Open day, then 14-day season 

The Public Open Day will start a 14-day opening season as local talent and two of the biggest names in New Zealand performing arts take to the new stage. 

Performances by the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will help showcase the Centre as an important venue for touring shows. 

“We are excited to finally be at the stage where we can open the doors to the public,” says Kapiti College Board of Trustees chair, Cas Carter, who has led the successful fundraising campaign since the concept was first mooted some years ago. 

‘Enormous project’

“This has been an enormous project for the Kapiti community and with so many people contributing to it in so many ways, we are delighted to be able to share the completed Centre. 

The Public Open Day is our way of showing the people of this district and beyond what a truly magnificent facility Kapiti now has.” 

The Open Day, with its gold coin entry, will also help the campaign to raise the rest of the funds to pay for the centre. 

“It will be a space for the whole of Kapiti and beyond to enjoy not just our local arts but visiting artists as well,” says Ms Carter.

“The immediate interest from the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra have proved this.”

Executive Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Lester McGrath, says: “We are delighted to be the first company to perform at the newest and most fabulous venue on the Kapiti Coast with Tutus on Tour in February 2020.

“It’s an exciting time for the Kapiti community whose collective vision and unwavering efforts have resulted in the creation of this versatile, modern and accessible theatre.”  

Local performance groups and students will also feature strongly in the programme across a wide range of the arts, reflecting the Community and College partnership that created the Centre.

Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan says:

“The Centre will offer an affordable space for community performers and will greatly enhance our district’s ability to host professional theatre performances which is very exciting for our community and our district’s economy.

NZ Orchestra

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will also present a concert to bring the Opening Season to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday 7th March and tickets are available now. 

“JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations is a masterpiece. First written for harpsichord, it opens with a beautiful aria followed by intricate and distinct variations. NZSO performs this gem of the baroque idiom for regional audiences with the variations performed on a variety of instruments,” says NZSO Concertmaster and Baroque Series Director Vesa-Matti Leppänen.

“Bach’s Goldberg Variations is hauntingly beautiful and a work of genius. It’s the most incredible piece.”

The New Manager of the Performing Arts Centre, Sonia Hardie, says : “We’ll be working hard to ensure all of the theatre facilities and systems are in place to accommodate this wide-ranging programme and beyond.”

For more information please phone:

Cas CarterChairKapiti College Board of Trustees021 915410
Sonia HardieCentre ManagerKapiti Performing Arts Centre 021 02286790
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