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Final Push for Fit Out

$170 of $816,000 goal

Given by 4 generous donors in around 6 months

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This is the final push to enable the centre to open. Naming right packages and sponsorship opportunities are available.

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Located only 4km from the Wellington CBD, Karori is one of New Zealand’s largest suburbs with a population of around 15,000 people. Despite its size, Karori has a strong community feel with over half of Karori households made up of family homes – higher than the average for the Wellington region.

Karori is a hub for the surrounding western suburbs due to the broad range of community amenities – Swimming pool, Library, Community Centre, including a dedicated Youth Centre, the Recreation Centre, Arts & Craft Centre and two supermarkets in the town centre. In addition, Karori is home to Zealandia, Makara Peak mountain bike park, and year-round sports grounds all of which attract visitors from the wider Wellington region and beyond.

The Karori Event Centre will complement the existing facilities and provide the community hall which is in much demand for the growing population.

Already $2.4 million has been invested in the construction of a secure building. The majority of funds came from Wellington City Council, Lottery and Lion Foundation and other philanthropic sources. Over $800,000 has come directly from the Karori community and local organisations.

The fit-out phase requires around $816,000.

The Building will provide:

• Auditorium space (250sqm) and backroom facilities

• Stage space (90 sqm)

• Sprung floor area (125 sqm)

• Theatre seating, including retractable seating, for 218 people

• Table seating for 100 people

• Kitchen - for functios and reheat purposes

• Back of house facilities including dressing rooms and bathrooms

• Meeting room

• Modern audio visual and sound capability

• Storage spaces

• Exhibition spaces

As a new build the centre will meet current earthquake standards and high acoustic requirements. The Event Centre will be cabled to ensure compatibility with future uses.

A facility like this does not exist in the western suburbs currently and will ensure we keep life, vitality and business in the community, well into the future.

About us

Our vision is to create, equip and manage, a modern future proofed multi-purpose events centre that will make Karori a more vibrant place to live and visit, now and into the future. A place where people of all ages feel a sense of connection with those around them.

In 2017, the first phase of the new Karori Event Centre building, the base build was constructed to sit alongside the existing Community Centre. The second phase is the fit-out. Once the fit-out is complete, the Event Centre will be fully operational and open to the public.

When the fit-out is completed, we will have an event centre that can be used for music and dance performance, exhibitions, public meetings or special occasions. In addition to community group activities there are commercial opportunities such as conferences as well the chance to be the first e-game capable venue in the Wellington region.

We’ve had amazing support from our local community, the Lotteries Foundation ($500,000), the Wellington City Council, Lion Foundation ($250,000) other donor organisations and individual donors.

Now we need your support to complete the fit-out so we can open this much-needed community facility.

Use of funds

All funds will go towards completing the fit out of this facility - installation of the sprung flooring, acoustic panelling, back of house facilities (changing rooms and bathrooms for performers) and more.

Latest donations

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 11 Apr 2019


    Donated $10 for each member of our household :)


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 07 Apr 2019



  • Lorna

    Lorna on 07 Apr 2019



  • Matthews family

    Matthews family on 20 Dec 2018


    Come on Karori and Wellingtonians - this is a great facility. Let’s all chip in. A few dollars from your family, like us, will add up to an amount that will make a real difference to getting this great facility open and us using it.


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